Base Camp Beef Mac and Cheese

Base Camp Beef Mac and Cheese is a family go to for easy, healthy, and "always asking for more" goodness!



  • 14 ounces elbow macaroni, (or your favorite pasta)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided into chunks
  • 16 ounces ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 4 tablespoons flour (we typically use all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside
  2. Add the ground beef to a large, sturdy skillet. And turn to Medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until all the meat is light brown in color. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  3. Melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and parsley – sauté for about a minute, (be careful not to burn or brown the garlic). Add the flour and salt – sauté for another minute or two. Add the milk slowly, whisking to incorporate with the flour/butter mixture. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce is bubbling and has thickened slightly. Add the cheese and stir until melted.
  4. Stir the pasta together with the cheese sauce and add the beef. If the consistency is too thick; stir in a little extra water. Season with more salt and pepper.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 4-6
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