Cheesey baked macaroni with a scooped part, showing the inside pasta and meat sauce.

Cheesy Baked Macaroni

This Cheesy Baked Macaroni is meaty, creamy and tasty- all covered in a heavenly cheese sauce and baked until toasty and melted.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Filipino, Western
Keyword baked macaroni
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 521 kcal
Author sanna

Ingredients

  • 350 grams elbow macaroni
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 pieces hotdogs sliced into rounds
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper minced
  • 1.5 lb ground pork or beef
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 dash pepper

Cheese Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 block Quickmelt cheese about 225 grams

Instructions

  1. Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Make the Meat Sauce

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Cook the sliced hotdogs, transfer to a plate and set aside. To the same pan, add the minced garlic and onions. Cook and toss them around until they are soft. Add the bell pepper and cook for about two minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Add the ground meat. Break the meat chunks into small pieces and cook until browned and tender, about 10-15 minutes. 

  3. Add the tomato sauce and beef broth. Stir so that the meat is coated with the liquid. Add the sugar and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, then simmer for another 40 minutes or so, on low to medium heat until the sauce is thick.

  4. Add the cooked hotdogs and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and turn off heat.

Make the Cheese Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter until it is bubbly. Add the flour and whisk continuously until a light brown paste is formed. Gradually add the milk and the evaporate as you stir continuously. Once the sauce has thickened, add the cheese and stir until it melts and blends with the rest of the sauce. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Bake it!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a big pot, combine the meat sauce and the cooked macaroni until all the noodles are coated. Transfer everything in a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the macaroni. Bake it for 20-25 minutes. Broil it for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese has browned slightly.

Recipe Notes

Place the dish on a baking sheet when you bake it to catch any cheese drips.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Baked Macaroni
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 845mg37%
Potassium 716mg20%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 16.8mg20%
Calcium 167mg17%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.