Some recipes that include macaroni and ground beef are layered mac and cheese with ground beef and macaroni and beef casserole. The layered mac and cheese with ground beef recipe on BettyCrocker.com calls for about 30 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cooking time.
Prepare the layered mac and cheese by first cooking and draining 2 cups of dry macaroni. Brown 1 pound of ground beef in a skillet along with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper for seven minutes. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of flour. Cook the mixture for one minute.
Add 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook the mixture for six minutes and then stir in 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.
Combine the cooked macaroni with the mixture once the cheese has melted. Alternately layer the macaroni mixture and the ground beef in a casserole dish. Bake the mixture for 30 minutes.
Prepare the macaroni and ground beef casserole by cooking the meat and the cooked macaroni together, along with onions, celery, green peppers and garlic, in a large skillet. Make the cheese sauce by combining milk, butter, flour, cheddar cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a saucepan. Cook the cheese mixture for five minutes and pour it over the macaroni and ground beef. Cook the macaroni and beef in the oven on high until the top is slightly brown.