Beefy Barbecue Macaroni Recipe
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Beefy Barbecue Macaroni Recipe

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"I developed this dish while visiting a friend," says Mary Cokenour of Monticello, Utah. "She came home late from work and didn't have time to grocery shop. So I threw together this all-in-one skillet dish using pantry staples. Her family was so impressed that now she makes it for them once a week."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Additional cheddar cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 456 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 647mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the macaroni, barbecue sauce, pepper and cayenne.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir in cheese until melted. Pour over the macaroni mixture; gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Beefy Barbecue Macaroni in Quick Cooking July/August 1999, p37

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Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"Nice quick & easy meal. I added more meat & barbecue sauce to it and used a Mexican blend cheese, which is what I had on hand. My boys thought it was great."

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"Family loved this! A great quick supper for busy nights!"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2013

"My family loves this! It is super easy which I love. I can never get the sauce to be anything other than a big clump so I just pour the milk into the noodle mixture and stir in the cheese until it melts. I have also made it with American cheese with good results."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"I did 1 lb ground beef, cut back just 1/2 cup on the pasta and everything else I left the same. It is a fast throw together dish but hubby and I thought it was missing something."

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"Made this pretty quick, was a success. I didnt use fresh garlic- powder instead. And didnt have time make cheese sause. Put butter & milk over noodles- then added lots cheese on top. At allre have an excellant tutorial on how make cheese sauces!"

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