Macaroni Beef and Cheese
CACFP: 1 serving = 1 meat; 1 bread


Ingredients 6 servings 20 servings
Ground beef 8 ounces 1 pound 8 ounces
Spice Mix 1 teaspoon 1 Tablespoon
Dry Mustard 1 teaspoon 1 Tablespoon
Margarine 1½ Tablespoons 5 Tablespoons
Flour, enriched or whole-grain 1½ Tablespoons 5 Tablespoons
Milk ¾ cup 2¼ cups
Cheddar Cheese 4 ounces 14 ounces
Elbow Macaroni, dry 1⅛ cups 3¾ cups
Bread Crumbs, whole-grain



  • 1. Brown ground beef in an iron skillet and drain fat.
  • 2. Add spice mix and mustard and stir well.
  • 3. Make thin white sauce by melting margarine and then gradually adding flour. Stir constantly. Slowly add milk, stirring until heated through.
  • 4. Stir white sauce into meat.
  • 5. Grate cheddar cheese and add to meat mixture, stirring thoroughly.
  • 6. Cook macaroni according to directions on the box and drain.
  • 7. Toss noodles with meat/cheese mixture until evenly mixed and then place in casserole or baking pan greased with cooking spray.
  • 8. Sprinkle top with bread crumbs.
  • 9. Cover and bake 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove cover and bake 5 minutes longer.
  • 10. Divide into portions (approximately ¾ cup per child) equal to number of children to be served.

    Note: Use bread loaf ends to make bread crumbs by drying them in a warm oven. Let cool and chop in food processor.