Homemade Cheesy Beef-a-roni with Barilla! #ShareTheTable | Mostly Homemade Mom

Homemade Cheesy Beef-a-roni with Barilla! #ShareTheTable

May 30, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.

This homemade beefaroni recipe has an amazing tomato meat sauce combined with elbow macaroni noodles and layers of gooey cheddar cheese - get your family gathered around the table again!

*5/30/17 - I've updated this recipe post with an easier to read recipe card with print button, and a more easily shareable pin graphic at the bottom! I hope you family enjoys this delicious homemade beefaroni!

I'm really proud to say that in our house, eating meals together around the table is the norm. I know it's hard, moms. Believe me, I know it's hard. Especially when you have a semi-picky eater and another one who makes a complete mess out of every meal. By the time dinner is done and cleaned up, sometimes I just want to go to bed - it's exhausting!

But it's so worth it. They're little now, Silas is still in preschool, but I know that in a few short years all four of us will be going in separate directions during the day. Heck, we already do! Getting together around the table is like coming back to home base. We can talk about what happened during the day, and just be goofy with each other. 

I have to say, I'm super proud of all of you as well! Every single one of my most popular recipe posts on this blog are either big ol' casseroles, or hearty slow cooker meals. The kind of meals where you just have to sit around the table and enjoy together. Love it!!

Barilla has started a #ShareTheTable campaign to get families eating together again and I'm so excited to be a part of the movement! For every post on social media using the #ShareTheTable hashtag, Barilla will donate 10 meals to Feeding America, the nation's largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks, and Barilla supports that goal. 

yield: 8 servingsprint recipe

Homemade Cheesy Beef-a-roni

A macaroni casserole with beef, tomato sauce, cheese, and seasonings.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 16 oz box elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook macaroni in boiling water until done, about 6 minutes, drain. While pasta is cooking, brown ground beef in a large skillet, drain.
  2. Add beef back to the skillet and add in tomato sauce, onion, basil, thyme, oregano, and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes on medium-low heat. Taste sauce and add additional salt if needed. Add cooked macaroni to tomato sauce mixture, turning to coat well.
  3. Spread half of macaroni mixture in the bottom of a 4 quart baking dish. Sprinkle 1 cup cheddar over, then repeat layers with remaining macaroni and cheddar.
  4. Bake in 350 oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
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Click here to view the Barilla Share The Table launch video, hopefully to inspire you to share the table with your own family! Do you have a favorite mealtime story to share with us? Be sure to use #ShareTheTable!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla. For every post using #ShareTheTable from now until 4/30/14, Barilla will donate a monetary equivalent of ten meals ($1.11) to Feeding America®, up to 1 million meals. Barilla will donate a maximum of $110,000.  One dollar helps provide 9 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.
14 comments on "Homemade Cheesy Beef-a-roni with Barilla! #ShareTheTable"
  1. This looks INCREDIBLE! I have got to make this for my kids because they love that canned stuff.

  2. These are absolutely adorable. I love all the festive colors. Any child would love to gobble these up.

  3. Becca @ Crumbs and ChaosApril 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    These cookies are cute, Kelly! We love making kool aid play dough at home - it smells way better and is super fun!!

  4. Thanks so much, Stephanie! I have to admit, I ate the canned stuff so much as a kid that sometimes I want a bite... then I make this version instead, haha! Hope you enjoy!

  5. This looks like something even my fussy men will like! Beef, cheese, pasta....what more is there to live :-).

  6. These are so fun and look delicious! Perfect for spring and Easter.

  7. And I completely agree with them, Janet - nothing better!

  8. Thanks so much, Toni!

  9. Becca, we made kool-aid play dough once before - I had completely forgotten! Must do again. :)

  10. I think the kids love anything with crazy colors, you're right!

  11. Look at their happy faces! I buy Barilla all of the time, that's good stuff. :)

  12. Aww thanks! Their happy faces make me smile all day long. :)

  13. This look delish somethig even my 11month old would enjoy!! Do you think this would work just as well with diced tomatoes?

  14. Helen, I think you could add diced tomatoes, but I would stick with the tomato sauce as well. It really gives it some great flavor!