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Dinner in a Bag Recipe
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Dinner in a Bag Recipe

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When it comes to convenience, Darlene Markel has dinner in the bag. The Sublimity, Oregon cook measures dry noodles and a mixture of spices into separate plastic bags, then stores them in a paper bag with canned stewed tomatoes. This "pantry kit" gives her family a head start on a hearty meal. "Since I work late occasionally," she says, "they just have to brown ground beef, and soon dinner is simmering."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 289 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 858 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, seasonings and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in macaroni; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover; simmer until macaroni is tender and sauce is thickened. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Dinner in a Bag in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p15

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 289 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 858 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.

Reviews for Dinner in a Bag(12)

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2013

Another recipe my whole family loves and that I have been making for years!

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Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

This is a great recipe. We doubled the recipe and instead of using stewed tomatoes, we used 3 quarts of tomatoes we canned from our garden and a full box of macaroni. Put some fresh, chopped garden onions on top. This is a keeper

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Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

A family favorite and so easy to make!

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Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

My kids didn't care for this.

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Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

We love this! Have made it now for years and think of it as my own hamburger helper mix. I only do half of the hamburger to stretch my dollar and my own canned tomatoes. I'm like most cooks here I only add part of the salt and add some garlic powder to it.

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