Cheesy Beef And Mac Recipe

by Pam on July 8, 2014

I may not be a fashionista, but I can whip up tasty meals using some of the fifteen blends of Mrs. Dash seasoning, making me a Dashionista!  One sneaky way to get some veggies into the meat lovers in my life is to whip up this Cheesy Beef and Mac recipe and throw in some veggies.  Since they would complain if we just had a veggie meal, I try to add veggies they like to casseroles. (Remember, if all else fails, puree the veggies and throw them in. They probably won’t suspect a thing.)  I added veggies most of the family likes, but feel free to replace and substitute with other veggies, like broccoli or whatever floats your boat.
cheesy beef and mac


Here’s what you need to make it:


  • 2 Tablespoons Mrs. Dash® Italian Medley Seasoning Blend
  • 1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash® Tomato Basil Garlic Seasoning Blend, divided
  • 1 ¼ cups (10 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) EACH  green pepper, tomato  and onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4  cup (2 ounces)  fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/3 (3 ounces)  cup flour
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 2% milk
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded cheese, your favorite flavor,  I use Italian blend but this needs a strong cheese to add flavor. I should have used cheddar. 
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) hamburger meat, cooked and crumbled
Step 1 Beefy Mac and Cheese

Drain the beef and veggies after sauteing.

Chop the basil, tomato, mushrooms, onion  and pepper into pieces.  Cook the macaroni according to the package directions. While it is cooking, saute the hamburger, onion, pepper, garlic and Mrs. Dash® Italian Medley and Mrs. Dash® Tomato Basil Garlic.  Stir in chopped tomato and basil. Set this aside.

Beefy Mac and Cheese

Mix basil, tomato and Mrs. Dash with the meat mixture.

Make the cream mixture with  by combining  flour and milk in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.  Add  the milk gradually. Stir until smooth. Continue to cook, stirring constantly until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and add in the  cheese and  2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash® Tomato Basil Garlic. Stir until smooth.
beefy mac and cheese

Mix the macaroni, cheese mixture and veggie mixture together.  Pour into a greased 2 quart  baking dish. Bake in 350°F  oven for 30 to 40 minutes or golden brown on top. Serve immediately.
Cheesy Beef and Mac

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Mrs. Dash blends

Since I deal with Celiac issues with my daughter, I can also make this gluten free by using a gluten free pasta and leaving out the flour.  It won’t be as thick, but that is ok. Substitute a teaspoon of corn starch to make it thicker. Note : Mrs. Dash does not say it is gluten free, but it doesn’t  list wheat as one of its ingredients and has proven safe with us so far. Be sure to read all food labels carefully to avoid a reaction.  It doesn’t contain salt, so it is good for people on salt restricted diets.


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I received samples of Mrs. Dash and a gift card to facilitate the creation of this recipe. All opinions are my own. 

{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

That sounds delicious. I use Mrs. Dash regularly when I cook!


Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog) July 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

Now that looks very good. Your bowtie pasta looks delicious. I have almost everything I need to make this!


Stefany July 8, 2014 at 10:17 am

This sounds so good! I use Mrs. Dash in all kinds of recipes but I especially love it in eggs!


Amber Edwards July 8, 2014 at 10:35 am

That looks absolutely delicious! I love Mrs. Dash seasonings too! They really make a dish POP with the added flavor.


Robin (Masshole Mommy) July 8, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I agree completely! They definitely make a dish pop!


Lori July 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

That looks so yummy! It sounds so easy to make too!


Debbie L. July 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

This looks delicious…we love casseroles at our house. This is a perfect quick tasty meal.


Marina @ Mommy Snippets July 9, 2014 at 10:40 pm

We love casseroles too!


Angie | Big Bear's Wife July 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Sounds and looks good! Maybe we’ll have to give it a try this weekend!


Kay Adeola July 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

This looks really good,We do not have this brand here but i will find a similar and make it anyway.


Laura (Lauras Little House Tips) July 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm

That looks amazing. I love the way you do your sauce it is exactly how I do mine and call it Rue! Mrs. Dash has such amazing flavors that even me who tries to do everything natural, loves these flavor mixes and they are economical. Thank you for sharing.


Amy July 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Yummy, I love beef, cheese, and pasta! I so want to try this now!!


Mama to 5 BLessings July 8, 2014 at 4:23 pm

We have these spices too, they are wonderful and so versatile!


Jenn July 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm

We’re Mrs. Dash fans around here. I want to try some new varieties!


fancygrlnancy (Nancy Partin) July 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I’m always looking for easy recipes and kid friendly is great. Mrs. Dash is good for so many things.


Aimee Smith July 8, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Yum! I love a homemade mac and cheese! I love Mrs. Dash’s lemon pepper!


Jennifer July 8, 2014 at 5:31 pm

That looks delicious. That’s the beauty of Mrs. Dash – flavor without all that extra salt.


Courtney July 8, 2014 at 5:32 pm

This recipe looks absolutely delicious. That’s my favorite thing about Mrs. Dash. It’s full of flavor and not salt.


Tammi @ My Organized Chaos July 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Oh this looks so good! I bet the seasoning on this is an amazing addition!


Katy Rawson July 8, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I started using Mrs. Dash as a way to cut down on my salt intake. Now I use it because I love the seasoning flavor. I don’t miss the salt at all. I have tried almost all of the blends and have not been disappointed.


Carly from The Puzzled Palate July 8, 2014 at 5:57 pm

I love simple meals! I need to check and see if Mrs. Dash is gluten-free. If so- game on!


Shell July 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

This looks good! I like that Mrs. Dash doesn’t have salt.


Sarah @ Must Have Mom July 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Mmm, that looks so delicious! What a quick and easy meal.


Debbie Denny July 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Looks tasty. Love the variety of flavors.


melinda July 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I love mrs dash for everything i throw on the grill. Their garlic onion is the best


Paula Krueger July 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Mmm, this looks delicious! Anything cheesy wins my family over easily.


Marina @ Mommy Snippets July 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

This looks soo good. I love quick easy weeknight solutions.


Tasha July 8, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Yum! This looks so good! Pinning! Definitely gonna try out this recipe!


Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings July 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Looks like a great dish…and you can use so many different Mrs Dash’s flavors!


Shannon Gosney July 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm

That looks like an amazing recipe! I love that Mrs. Dash has so many different flavors of seasonings!


Shauna July 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing… I love anything with cheese and beef, plus add Mrs. Dash and you have an awesome meal! Thanks for sharing


Toni July 8, 2014 at 10:23 pm

I am a huge fan of cheesy beef and mac. I will have to try this recipe!


Felicia July 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Great, now I need to get some mac and cheese! Seriously, this looks delicious.


krystalskitsch July 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm

I love new spices. I’ve never had a lot of these varieties, I didn’t know they existed!


Carly Anderson July 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Oh my gosh, this looks so yummy! I know my family and I would love this!


Veronica July 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Looks like a great family meal! Those spices sound terrific


Amber Conaway July 8, 2014 at 11:22 pm

I LOVE Mrs Dash seasoning collection!! That looks so yummy! I am definitely going to try this for my family!


Bekki July 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

I love using Mrs Dash seasonings! Looks like a great recipe!


Lisa July 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm

This looks really good! I haven’t used Mrs. Dash in forever – didn’t realize all the new varieties available.


Tess July 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Looks like a lot of great recipes you can use with these seasonings. I love Mrs. Dash!


Christie July 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

This looks fantastic! We love any pasta meals and I love the no added salt!


TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs July 9, 2014 at 12:34 am

Ooh, I’ll have to try making a cream sauce like that. I love all pasta and the ingredients you used sounds delish.


Rosey July 9, 2014 at 1:08 am

Mrs. Dash does offer a great flavor burst to recipes. We use it sometimes here too.


Sophie S July 9, 2014 at 3:57 am

Love tossing pasta dishes together during the summer months. Love that it seems like its a lot of work too when it really isn’t! No one has to know ;)


Mindy Grant July 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

That looks so good! It’s so easy to add great flavor to a meal with Mrs. Dash. I love all of their different varieties.


Liz Mays July 9, 2014 at 8:34 am

The Mrs. Dash seasoning line is so diverse, isn’t it? I’m excited to try some of the flavors I hadn’t heard of before!


Tonia July 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

Sounds delicious. I bet my kids would like it. It doesn’t look to hard to make either. Perfect!


Trisha July 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

Yum, that cheesy beef and mac sounds good! I was thinking the Caribbean Citrust on some grilled chicken would be good, something simple for summer.


Tracey July 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

This looks so good. I love how you incorporated Mrs. Dash. I cook with those spices a lot.


Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) July 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

YUM! This recipe looks great, and Mrs. Dash adds that special element of taste. Love it!


Racquel July 9, 2014 at 11:21 am

This recipe looks delicious! We love the line of Mrs. Dash seasonings. I use the Fiesta Lime in my homemade fajitas!


kristin July 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

YUM!! That looks so good!!! I like that Mrs Dash has everything you need.


Family Travel Blogger July 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

My husband loves beef and noodles in pretty much any of its various versions. Im sure he would like this too!


Rachael July 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

This cheesy beef and mac looks so tasty. I’ll have to try it sometime with some GF pasta.


Kiwi July 9, 2014 at 10:55 pm

I love the Mrs.Dash Dashionista campaign! I cook with Mrs.Dash myself so happy they are trying to be trendy and modern!


Brett July 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm

This recipe looks so delicious! I have a feeling that my family will enjoy this meal.


cam | bibs and baubles July 10, 2014 at 2:17 am

That looks really good! I love the colors from the veggies. It really makes the dish look even more yummy!


Jessica (Savory Experiments) July 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

Pasta and beef? I’m totally there. What time is dinner??


Melissa July 11, 2014 at 10:24 am

Cheese and beef? I’m sold – looks delicious!


Christina S July 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Yummy! This looks delicious and something that the whole family would enjoy! My kiddo loves anything with noodles and might accidentally eat the meat! ;-)


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