Macaroni and Hamburger

Macaroni and hamburger make a great combination. These quick and easy macaroni and hamburger recipes combine flavorful ingredients like tomatoes, vegetables, oregano, and garlic for a simple family meal.

Cottage Casserole

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This ground beef and pasta casserole is a great make-ahead recipe to stash in your freezer. Just be sure to allow a couple days before you need it, so the casserole can safely thaw in the refrigerator.

Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese

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Easy Pastitsio

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This version of the classic Greek casserole recipe is made with elbow macaroni, ground beef, and an egg- enriched white sauce. To simplify it, bottled Alfredo sauce replaces the homemade white sauce.

Chili Macaroni

Better Homes and Gardens

Wagon wheel macaroni and green beans replace the kidney beans in this ground beef and pasta dinner.

Macaroni and Cheese Meat Loaf

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Meatloaf and macaroni and cheese are like peanut butter and jelly made for each other. Sandwich a layer of mac 'n cheese in between two meatloaf layers for a new take on a classic dinner.

Meat Lover's Mac

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How to Make Macaroni and Cheese

Sometimes the best medicine after a stressful day is a big bowl of comfort food. You know the kind--the lip-smacking, grown-up versions of childhood favorites that can never be beaten by fancier meals. Macaroni and cheese oozes comfort, but don't be tempted to reach for a box. Cheese powder? Really? You can do better than that! Real, made-from-scratch macaroni and cheese is easy to make, and it produces the perfect dose of home-cooked comfort after a hard day.

How to Bake Macaroni and Cheese

There's perhaps nothing more American than learning how to bake macaroni and cheese. Whether it's for a summer barbecue or a winter comfort meal, macaroni and cheese is a crowd pleaser for all seasons.

How to Make Macaroni Salad

Everyone should know how to make a macaroni salad simply because it's an all-American classic. Yankee Doodle, 4th of July cook-outs...the dish is practically patriotic! Oh, and it's also the perfect recipe to have on hand for any potluck or picnic.

How to Make Baked Mac and Cheese

When it comes to down-home cooking, nothing compares to macaroni and cheese, crisp on top with melted cheesy goodness on the inside. This classic recipe for how to make baked mac and cheese is wonderful on its own, but even better with some suggested add-ins.

How to Make Baked Ziti

Sure, your friend's Italian-American grandmother knows how to make baked ziti, but why not gather a few tricks yourself? Ziti, a dish that's as beloved as spaghetti with meatballs, is poised to be your next Sunday supper.

How to Cook Ground Beef

If you know how to cook ground beef, you can serve up a healthy one-dish meal any day of the week. Ground beef became popular as a way to make scraps of fatty beef salable. Originally the meat was chopped finely or minced, but by 1902 butchers were simply running it through the meat grinder twice along with spices and onion, and selling the resulting ground beef as "hamburger." Today ground beef is used in all sorts of dishes, from meatloaf to tacos, and Americans consume approximately 13 billion hamburgers a year.

How to Bake Chicken Thighs

Searching for a little variety regarding how to bake chicken thighs? Sweet and spicy is a great way to go. Baking seals in chicken's natural juices and flavor, and thigh meat is particularly flavorful and well-suited to absorbing marinades, whether you let the thighs chill in the mixture for a while or just brush it on before baking.

How to Make Ziti

Just about every Italian joint in the U.S. knows how to make ziti, but why not put it together at home next time you're craving a hearty, red-sauce meal? Ziti--also referred to as baked ziti, depending on the preparation--is as honored among Italian-Americans as spaghetti with meatballs.

How to Make Oven Barbecued Chicken

Recipes for how to make oven-barbecued chicken can use just about any combination of chicken pieces imaginable. This makes oven-barbecued chicken perfect for weeks when the family budget is tight and chicken leg quarters go on sale at the market. Knowing how to barbecue chicken in the oven means no more standing over a hot grill continually basting the meat. And making your own sauce with a non-MSG soy sauce ensures a more healthful result.

How to Grill Burgers

Whether you're at a summer barbecue or a fall tailgating party, learning how to grill burgers is a skill that will always serve you well.

How to Make Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a no-brainer for potlucks or other occasions when you're asked to bring a course or side dish. It's simple to make, easy to transport, and can be prepared ahead of time. And since pasta salad lends itself so easily to ingredient substitutions or additions, creating a "signature" salad is a breeze.

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