Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tasty Thursday - Macaroni Beef Skillet Supper

Now that I am a Stay at Home Mom (SAHM) and anticipate becoming more of a Work at Home Mom (WAHM) someday, I realize how much my life revolves around FOOD. Whether it's the planning of a meal, the serving of it, the food consumption management for the speech delayed triplets (this is a whole thing really, and I'll probably do a whole post on it soon) or the cleaning up after it, FOOD takes up hour after hour of every day, I swear.

I think every mom is constantly on the lookout for recipes that are healthy, quick, and tasty. If you can add to your "go-to" recipe box, you would right? So that's what today's post is about - a go-to recipe for your basic hamburger (or ground turkey, ground chicken - I've substituted both before and it works great). This dish is endlessly variable and makes a great starting point when you have to answer the "what's for dinner" question quickly. I personally like to add more Worcestershire sauce than it calls for. I always use fresh mushrooms, like mini bellas, and I often will throw in some veggies hoping my children will end up eating them without even knowing it. Modify it as you wish - add different spices - whatever you'd like. I just firmly believe this is one of those basic recipes you simply have to have in your head/recipe box. I've made this entree regularly since the late 80s, and it originally came from a grocery store recipe handout that the American Heart Association put together. So here it is, a go-to meal that all my kids will eat, is cheap, relatively healthy and easy. Sounds like a Tasty Thursday to me!

Macaroni Beef Skillet Supper

Rich and flavorful!
Source: American Heart Association (Words Worth Eating)
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Cook Time:
45 Min

Total Time:
45 Min
Serves: 8


  • 1 Cup Elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 Cup onions diced
  • 1 clove garlic mashed
  • 2 tablespoons vegtable oil
  • 2 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon italian seasoning


  1. Cook the macaroni in boiling water according ot package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Saute the meat, onion and garlic in oil until the meat loses its pink color and the onions are tender. Add pepper, tomato sauce, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce and Italian seasoning.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer gently for about 5 minutes.
  4. Mix in the cooked macaroni and simmer for 5 more minutes.
Amount Per Serving

Calories: 270