Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Homemade Beefy Tomato and Basil Mac and Cheese Dinner Recipe

May 13, 2014

Homemade Beefy Tomato and Basil Mac and Cheese Dinner Recipe

Hello everyone!!

I hope your week is off to a great start! We spent the weekend at a wonderful waterpark hotel in Ottertail, MN with my best friend and her son. We did some sightseeing at a sculpture park in Vining and had a great lunch at the local bar there! I will be posting about those adventures at a later time!

Today's recipe is perfect for weeknights! I'm a huge fan of homemade stovetop mac and cheese and this recipe jazzes up my regular recipe a little bit. The end result was fabulous! You can't go wrong with cheese, tomatoes and basil, and ground beef was a great addition! You can substitute a boxed mac and cheese if you prefer, and also use ground turkey or chicken if that's what you have on hand. I hope you enjoy!! :)


Homemade Beefy Tomato and Basil Mac and Cheese Dinner (click here to print recipe)
4 servings

What you need:
1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni noodles, cooked according to package directions
5 ounces velveeta, cubed
1 1/4 cups milk

1 pound lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic

2 cups tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper

In a medium sauce pan, heat the velveeta and milk over medium heat, stirring often. When cheese is melted, add cooked elbow macaroni noodles and stir until combined. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, brown the ground beef and garlic until beef is cooked through. Add in the mac and cheese, tomatoes and basil until and heat about 2-3 minutes, stirring to combine. Add salt and pepper as needed. Remove from heat and set aside for 3-5 minutes before serving to thicken the sauce. 

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On the blog... one year ago: Almond Cream Cheese Bars

Two years ago: Basil and Garlic Butter Pasta

This recipe was featured at:  Six Sisters Stuff

This recipe is shared at these blogs: Love Bakes Good CakesThe Best Blog RecipesA Dash of SanityThe Chef Next DoorThe Country CookSix Sisters StuffFlour Me with LoveThis Gal Cooks,


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! =)
    I like recipes like this. Such a yummy dinner recipe!

  2. This looks great! I'm happy you're having a good time this week! It's been so hot here that a water park sounds lovely!

  3. Velveeta always makes things nice and creamy. Sometimes I put a little in my mac and cheese.

  4. This looks and sounds delicious! Mac and cheese is my ultimate comfort food and I love the addition of tomato, beef and basil. Yum!


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