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Fresh Homemade Cheesy Beef A Roni Recipe

by Nellie

This incredible cheesy homemade beef a roni recipe is so great for dinner and so easy to make! A childhood classic pasta dish that your family will absolutely adore!

One of the hardest parts about being a special needs mom is trying to figure out what works daily for food choices and what absolutely does not. At the beginning of the school year, my son came home and declared that he was NOT eating school lunch anymore.

There was nothing at all that he liked, and it turns out he wanted his mom to make lunch for him. I was up for the challenge. Lunch Ideas for kids are not easy so I have to stay on my toes!

Homemade beefaroni recipe for an easy weeknight dinner

I started with sending him easy sandwiches, a small snack and fruit. Then he got tired of it pretty quickly, and said to me after dinner–wouldn’t it be awesome if I could take hot food to school? (There are no student accessible microwaves in his school).

So I went on amazon and purchased a thermos. I even added some permanent vinyl on it with his name because I REALLY didn’t want him to lose or misplace it!

My family loves Beef A Roni 

I asked him what he would want to bring to school to possibly eat and his first response was “Beef A Roni” and since I am not into the canned stuff I looked up a recipe on Pinterest and put my own spin on things (aka made what I had in the pantry work because I was NOT going back to the grocery store :))

This recipe was actually quite delicious the entire family loved it and I think my husband was actually sneaking and eating some when I wasn’t looking! I’ve been heating it up for him and sending it with him in his thermos with a little extra cheese sprinkled on top.

This homemade Beef A Roni recipe is full of protein, satisfying and makes enough for leftovers the next day!

There aren’t many things you can control in an unpredictable situation but when you get something right you have GOT to take the time to rejoice. Here is the super easy beef a roni recipe. It’s made with real onions, tomato meat sauce and italian seasoning.

I substituted fresh thyme for ground thyme, fresh basil for ground basil and a quarter of a fresh onion versus onion powder and I used about a quarter less cheese than the original recipe. This recipe has a special place in my heart and it’s so much better that chef boyardee beefaroni.

What is homemade beef a roni made of?

A delish blend of ground beef, cheese and pasta. It is a childhood favorite and it’s not so hard on the pockets either! The casserole dish serves 8-10 and can be served by itself or with a quick side salad. If you have leftovers you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

What ingredients do you need for this beefaroni classic recipe?

16 oz box elbow macaroni (or small pasta of your choice)

1 lb 90% Lean ground beef (or ground turkey)

2 (15 oz) cans plain tomato sauce

1/4 onion minced

1 teaspoon fresh diced basil

1 teaspoon fresh diced thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)

1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese

You can even add a bit of parmesan cheese on time for a delicious meal for busy weeknights. The layers of flavors in this easy beefaroni recipe is one of my favorite things about this simple recipe. So many great quality ingredients that are pantry staples and no high fructose corn syrup!

This is great with a side of garlic bread on a chilly night. It makes for a complete meal that takes you down memory lane!

This cheesy beefaroni will be one of your favorite comfort foods! You can use macaroni noodles or any small noodles you have available. It has a really good flavor and especially great for those nights that have cold weather.

How do you store homemade Beef a roni?

Homemade Beef a roni can be stored in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. If you are planning to store it for longer, freeze it in an airtight freezer-safe container with layers of wax paper between each portion. The frozen Beef a roni will last up to 3 months in the freezer. When ready to eat, thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat gently in a pan over low heat or in the microwave.

What can you serve beefaroni with?

Beefaroni is a great meal on its own, but it can also be served with various sides to round out the meal. Some popular options include garlic bread, green salad, steamed vegetables, roasted potatoes or baked beans. You can also top your Beefaroni with shredded cheese or chopped parsley for extra flavor and texture.

Helpful tips for making classic beefaroni?

– Use lean ground beef to prevent your dish from becoming too greasy.

– If desired, you can add additional seasonings such as garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and black pepper for extra flavor.

– If you want a creamier sauce, add a bit of cream or half & half.

– Use a high-quality tomato sauce for the best results.

– For a little crunch, add some freshly chopped vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini to your beefaroni.

– Don’t forget to stir in some grated cheese at the end of cooking for extra cheesy flavor.

– Serve your beefaroni with a side salad or garlic bread for a complete meal.

Can you freeze this classic beef a roni?

Yes, you can freeze beef a roni. Be sure to cool it completely before transferring the dish to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Label with the date and freeze for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

I hope these tips help you make a delicious, homemade beefaroni. Happy cooking!

The original recipe is found here at Mostly Homemade Mom:

Homemade Beef A Roni Recipe
Yield: 8-10 servings

Homemade Beef A Roni Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

A super easy homemade beef a roni recipe that is the perfect blend of beef, cheese and pasta.


  • 16 oz box elbow macaroni (or small pasta of your choice)
  • 1 lb 90% Lean ground beef
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/4 onion minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh diced basil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh diced thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
  • 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook macaroni in boiling water until done, about 6 minutes, drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef in a large skillet, drain.
  3. Add beef back to the skillet and add in tomato sauce, onion, basil, thyme, oregano, and salt.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes on medium-low heat. Taste sauce and add additional salt if needed.
  5. Add cooked macaroni to tomato sauce mixture, turning to mix well.
  6. Spread half of macaroni mixture in the bottom of a 4 quart baking dish. Sprinkle 3/4 cup cheddar over, then repeat layers with remaining macaroni and cheddar.
  7. Bake in 350 oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.


Updated February 2022.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 207Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 48mgSodium 279mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 16g

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Janine Huldie March 5, 2018 - 7:18 am

You know I have a picky eater with my younger daughter and now I am so making this to try for her. So thanks my friend for sharing here 🙂

Chrissy March 5, 2018 - 9:13 am

Oh my goodness, this look SO good. I know my 3 year old will love this and can’t wait to make it for him this week. My personal fav recipe with beef is a slow cooker ropa vieja!

ktia March 5, 2018 - 10:46 pm

I remember the box kind I hated it lol. this looks so good can’t wait to try it out

Tamara March 6, 2018 - 11:54 am

Scarlet’s best friend’s family has this every Friday night for dinner. When she goes over there, she has it too. I’m so glad that they didn’t offer her anything else and encouraged her to try it. Delicious! I’d like to invite myself over there..

Julie March 11, 2018 - 6:26 pm

Family dinner win! Much tastier and healthier than the canned stuff!

Tina October 17, 2018 - 4:31 am

Looks delicious! Making that tonight for the family. And you gave me some pointers, too. It was great I should say. Thanks a lot.


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