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
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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 serving (1 cup) equals 317 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 700 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 25 g 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 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!"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"my kids liked this one.. i added mushrooms and more water and tweeked it with additional ingredients.. definitely would make again."

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