Skillet Beef and Macaroni Recipe
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Skillet Beef and Macaroni Recipe

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I found this recipe 30 years ago on a can label. My family loved it, and I later found I always received compliments when I took the dish to potluck suppers. Since it's so easy to put together, it makes a real time-saver for a busy housewife or working mother.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (7 ounces) macaroni
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 317 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until the meat is browned and onion is tender; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until macaroni is tender. stirring occasionally. Add additional water if needed. Yield: 4-6 servings.
If Cooking for Two: Prepare just half of the recipe.
Originally published as Skillet Beef and Macaroni in Reminisce Extra February 1994, p49

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Reviewed Jun. 13, 2016

"Came out great, my family loved it. Was in the mood for some home cooking flavors. I added 1 jalape?o with no seeds cause I like it a little spicy..I didn't use the warsc. sauce and half way through I needed about a cup more of water. wife said we should try it with a can of pinto beans in it next time..will do."

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"For a hearty one pot meal drop in a can of Bush's Original Vegetarian Baked Beans. Adds a mellow sweetness to the sauce. Yummm."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"I made this tonight and it was just o.k. The macaroni wasn't done & there wasn't enough liquid to continue cooking it. If I made this again I would add more liquid or less macaroni. I did add a little chili powder but it still needed something. I have made a similar recipe in the past which called for spicy v8 rather than tomato sauce & I prefer that over this one. Not a keeper."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I was looking for a recipe like this without chili, cheese, Italian sauce, or a bunch of ingredients. I read this and thought it sounded a little bland. I was so pleasantly surprised--it's delicious! I've made it several times and been happy every time--there are usually no leftovers. My family loves it."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"Five stars for being fast, easy and tasty. Thanks!"

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