Beef, Cheese and Noodle Bake

2014-04-13T00:00:00Z Beef, Cheese and Noodle Bake
April 13, 2014 12:00 am

Beef, Cheese and Noodle Bake

1 (8-ounce) package small elbow macaroni

Cooking spray

1 cup prechopped onion

1 cup preshredded carrot

2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic

1 pound lean ground sirloin

1 cup tomato sauce

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 cup fat-free milk

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) 2% reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese (such as Cracker Barrel), divided

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Lightly coat pasta with cooking spray. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot, and sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add ground beef; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Add pasta to beef mixture in pan, stirring to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Place milk, flour, nutmeg, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan; stir with a whisk until blended. Cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add 1 cup cheese, stirring until smooth. Pour cheese mixture over pasta mixture; stir. Top evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


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