Pierre Franeys Macaroni & Beef Casserole

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Recipe: #35831

October 09, 2020

Categories: Beef Casseroles

"A comforting baked macaroni casserole from first class chef, Pierre Franey."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (465.2 g)
  • Calories 845.9
  • Total Fat - 43.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 163.3 mg
  • Sodium - 759.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 56.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.7 g
  • Sugars - 9 g
  • Protein - 59.2 g
  • Calcium - 753.3 mg
  • Iron - 6.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Bring the water with salt to a boil. Add the macaroni; stir and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain and rinse under cold water.

Step 2

In a skillet, heat the oil and add the onions, celery, green pepper and garlic. Cook, stirring, until wilted. Add the meat, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the meat loses its red color. Add the oregano, basil and tomatoes. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the cooked macaroni. Blend well and set aside. Keep warm.

Step 3

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, and stir in the flour with a wire whisk until well-blended. Add the milk, stirring rapidly, and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the sauce from the heat, and stir in the Cheddar cheese, cayenne, nutmeg, and more salt and pepper to taste. Stir until the cheese melts.

Step 5

Preheat broiler.

Step 6

Spoon the macaroni mixture into a baking dish measuring 7 by 10 by 2 1/2 inches. Pour the cheese sauce evenly over the macaroni mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and place under the broiler (about 4 to 5 inches from the heat source) until it is hot, bubbling and lightly browned.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews


I didn't get the crunch of the celery...it could be because I chopped them a bit thinner...although it wasn't packed full of flavor...we did like the "comfort" of this dish...I cut the recipe in half and got three nice size serving...I really ENJOYED..preparing it...and to me that's the purpose of cooking...the enjoyment...made for "Players Favorites" tag game...


review by:
(24 May 2021)

Daily Inspiration

This made a great dinner tonight. Loved the cheese sauce over the pasta. The only change I made was to omit the celery - just our preference. This is a great comfort food dish.


(1 Dec 2020)


This is a great ground beef and pasta dish. I loved the cheese sauce poured on top....It ran down into the pasta and made it so creamy! The parmesan got a little brown, but still tasted great. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(25 Nov 2020)


Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe Marra. We really enjoyed the macaroni prepared this way. It was quick and easy to make with great results, very satisfying and delicious. My hubby was a very happy man. Made for What's on the Menu tag game.


review by:
(2 Nov 2020)


Wow. This is really good. I loved everything about it especially the crunch the celery gave it. This will definitely be a repeat at my house and I've added it to my Best of 2020 cookbook. Thanks for sharing this great keeper, Michele.


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(2 Nov 2020)

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