Beef & Macaroni Casserole

I always struggle with what to do with ground beef.  I usually buy it with the intention of making burgers or chili and then when I change my mind I have to scramble to come up with something else.  I must have looked at a dozen online sites trying to find inspiration.  After wading through countless listings for (of course) chili, tamale pie and spaghetti, I was just about ready to give up.  My last hope was going to Eat Your Books which I joined two years ago.  For those of you not familiar with this website, it is a place to catalog all of your cookbooks.  They index the books which then makes your library searchable.  I still had to sift through lots of entries but I eventually found this in a cookbook I have had for years but rarely use, Craig Claiborne’s The New New York Times Cookbook.  The casserole is basically a hearty macaroni and cheese.  It takes a bit of time to put together but the results are cheesy goodness at its best especially if you use extra sharp cheddar cheese.  This recipe can be made healthier by using whole grain pasta, skim milk, 2% cheddar cheese and low fat ground beef or a lean ground turkey. Continue reading