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Zesty Cheeseburger Mac Casserole

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5 servings, 1-1/2 cups each

This casserole's like having a cheeseburger, mac & cheese, and a big helping of vegetables—all in one tasty dish!

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  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Place frozen vegetables in colander in sink. Cook Macaroni as directed on package. Meanwhile, brown ground beef.
  • Drain meat. Pour cooked macaroni over vegetables in colander to drain and quickly thaw vegetables. Return macaroni and vegetables to saucepan. Add Cheese Sauce, milk and dressing; mix well. Add meat and 1/2 cup shredded cheese; mix well. Spoon into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; cover.
  • Bake 35 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining shredded cheese; bake, uncovered, 3 to 4 min. or until melted.

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Makeover - How We Did It

We made over a favorite KRAFT recipe. Save 90 calories and 14g of fat, including 4g of saturated fat, per serving by preparing with extra-lean ground beef instead of 80% lean ground beef and fat-free milk, and using KRAFT Lite Zesty Italian Dressing and KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Made with 2% Milk Cheese instead of the regular products.


Substitute 1 can (12 oz.) white tuna in water, drained, for the cooked ground beef.

Make Ahead

Prepare as directed except for baking. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. When ready to serve, bake, covered, in 375°F oven 40 to 45 min. or until heated through. Remove from oven; top with remaining cheese. Let stand (uncovered) 5 min. or until cheese is melted.


  • 5 servings, 1-1/2 cups each

Healthy Living

  • Good source of vitamin A or C
  • Generally Nutritious
  • Diabetes Center

Diabetes Center

  • Carb Choices: 3 Carb Choice

Diet Exchange

  • 3 Starch
  • 1 Vegetable
  • 4 Meat (L)
  • 1/2 Fat

Nutrition Bonus

Delight your family with this cheesy easy-to-make meal. As a bonus, the vegetables are a good source of vitamin A.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 5 servings, 1-1/2 cups each
Calories 470
Total fat 13g
Saturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 80mg
Sodium 1170mg
Carbohydrate 49g
Dietary fiber 4g
Sugars 9g
Protein 37g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 45 %DV
Vitamin C 30 %DV
Calcium 60 %DV
Iron 20 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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