Recipe by IRISHEYES0814
"This was one of my favorite dishes growing up and now it is my children's. Ground beef, cheese and tomato sauce are baked into a simply delicious casserole."
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shredded Cheddar cheese
2 (15 ounce) cans
1 (16 ounce) package
uncooked elbow macaroni
salt and pepper to taste
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is because I changed it a bit. I browned the meat with some onion,fresh garlic and Montreal Steak Seasoning before adding it to the pasta. I only used 1/2 the pasta it called for and it was plenty!! It was enough for 4 adults and 3 kids with just enough leftover for my hubbies lunch. I used 1 can of diced tomatoes in their juice and 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce mixed all together with Italian seasoning and some dried parsley. I also reserved some of the cheese for the top(last 10 minutes of baking)and also added some crushed Ritz Crackers on top for extra crunch! My husband loved it! It was super yummy and my picky 4 and 6 year olds gobbled it up. Thank you Kelli for the post. I will definitely make this again mabye adding some veggies next time. It is a good base to start.
This recipe as stated is very bland. I made a few changes as others suggested and it turned out much much better:-)
I did not think this would taste better than it looked. My family and I, really enjoyed it (especially my husband). At first, when my husband looked at it, he frawned, lol. But when he smelled it cooking, and tasted it, he had seconds! He said its way better than the processed, canned stuff, which I had to agree with him on! I usually dont like beefaroni, but making it home-made, make it taste good! lol)
I made some changes to the recipe, to make it more tasty and look presentable: 1) I added more cheese to it. (My family loves cheese, lol) 2) Added chunky spagetti sauce with mushrooms (had some spices). 3) Added some spices, that wasnt in the spagetti sauce (use spices that you like and use, in an Italian type dish) I didnt make the sauce that went to this recipe. 4) I layered it more like a lagnasa, mixing just some noodles into the meat mixture, instead of mixing it all together. It turned looking and tasting really good!
This is a great recipe, if you want to make a different, and simple, italian-taste dish for your family. Hope this helps, cause the beefaroni version I made to this recipe, will make it taste better, as well as make it hold well, together...when presenting it, instead of it looking like one, big slop!
Very good throw-together dish. I did make some additions; sauted a chopped onion, bell pepper and minced garlic with the meat. Seasoned it up a little with some Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and worchestshire. I also put some stewed, diced tomatoes in for a little chunkier sauce. Not gourmet, but so much better than a box mix!!
Although this sounds good, the recipe as it was made in the early 1970's for our family it was called Skillet Macaroni and Beef. All prepared and cooked in one skillet. The first part in the directions are the same...then remove the meat from the skillet and add 1/2 pound elbow macaroni, minced onion and chopped green pepper until onion is soft, (if needed, add a little oil) return meat to skillet and for 1-1/2 lbs ground beef or ground turkey add 16 ounces of tomato sauce, water, salt and pepper, 1-1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until macaroni is cooked to taste. Yum-Yum...children loved it.
I modified the recipe alot because I thought the dish would need something more. Overall this is a good starter recipe that you can modify easily. It's also a fast and easy recipe to make if you are tired and don't really feel like cooking or if you are a beginner cook. I added 1 chopped red pepper, 1 chopped onion, 2 jalapeno peppers chopped, 3 cloves garlic, seasoned salt and pepper. Since I didn't have Shredded Cheddar, I had to use 4 cheese mexican shredded cheese. I added a little bit of salt and pepper when cooking the ground beef and a little more just before I put the dish in the oven. The meal was great and still fast to make since I cut the other ingredients while waiting for the water to boil and while the meat was cooking. This dish could have used another pound of ground beef, but that depends on you and how much meat you want in the dish. A mistake I made was thinking it needed more tomato and added a few spoonfuls of a can of diced tomato...this was slightly too much tomato.
This was Awesome. I did add some cajun seasoning (slap ya mama) to it. along with some garlic powder while cooking the meat and after it was all mixed up. I mixed 2 cups of the cheese in the dish and added about a half cup to the top. The boys loved it! EASY to make too. I used about 14 ounces of elbow macaroni. will make again.
Simple recipe for fantastic comfort food. I add chopped onions and garlic powder to the meat. This is easy to make during the work week, and much better than boxed hamburger meals. A hit with the whole family, toddler to adult. We make this regularly. Thanks for sharing!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 179
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