1 lb. ground beef (93% lean or leaner)

1 3/4 C. water

1 C. dry elbow macaroni

6 oz. processed cheese spread, cut into cubes

8 to 10 dill pickle slices (optional)

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.

Stir in water and macaroni; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 9 to 11 minutes or until macaroni is tender.

Stir in cheese cubes. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Serve beef mixture topped with pickle slices, if desired.