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Stovetop Italian Macaroni Recipe
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Stovetop Italian Macaroni Recipe

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It’s not every day that a cost-conscious menu pleases both the eye and the stomach, but this scrumptious stovetop entree does just that. —Laila Zvejnieks, Stoney Creek, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 410 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 969 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, water, soup mix, Italian seasoning and, if desired, pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-9 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Stovetop Italian Macaroni in Simple & Delicious October/November 2011, p30

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 410 calories, 17 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 76 mg cholesterol, 969 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"Surprisingly easy to make, but a little bit too like Hamburger Helper for my taste. Also, I subbed wheat penne for macaroni and ground turkey for ground beef. I wasn't loving the ground turkey in this dish, but the penne was good and easier to find in wheat."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"Good recipe for a large group...I made my own onion soup mix blend."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"My kids call this "Homemade Hamburger Helper". We all love this dish. I had to add garlic powder for more flavor. Thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"I don't think this is a five star recipe but add a salad and garlic bread and it makes an inexpensive tastey weeknight supper. I think it could use a little extra seasoning."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"I make something close to this (I don't use onion soup, and I cook the macaroni separately, and add it to the hamb./veg. mixture) but I always add chopped green pepper. Those looking for more flavor might try that. I haven't used red pepper flakes, but think it might make a great addition."

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