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: 410 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 969mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 30g 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

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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TamiSueGarcia User ID: 8919914 267951
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2017

"My husband really enjoyed this. Instead of regular diced tomatoes I added a can of Italian style diced tomatoes to add a bit of additional flavor. I also diced a small onion and browned it with the beef. Will def make again!"

AllisonO User ID: 7446023 267854
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2017

"We will definitely be making this again as it was delicious! I thought the onion soup mix, the crushed red pepper flakes, and the basil (I didn't have Italian seasoning on hand so I subbed in dried, crushed basil flakes) provided great flavor. I also added a bit of onion powder and garlic powder. This recipe comes together really quickly and is made even better because it calls for ingredients I already have on-hand (or that can easily be substituted for). In the future, I may try bulk Italian sausage in place of all or some of the hamburger just for a slightly different flavor."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 254443
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"Not a bad dish. I used 1/2 hamburger and 1/2 Italian sausage and tomatoes with green pepper, onion, and celery. I also added onion. I think I would like it better with all hamburger. My family enjoyed it."

HomeChefColleen User ID: 7305751 253429
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"Love this! A definite make again!"

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 252748
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"quick, easy meal. It was lacking in flavor (even with seasoning the ground beef and using the red pepper flakes) so I will try doubling the Italian seasoning next time."

cindymarza User ID: 7391984 243162
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I doubled the recipe and replaced 1/3 of the ground beef with Bob Evans sausage and I added 2 tsp. of minced garlic to the recipe. We thought the meal was very tasty and has been added as a favorite."

Suzanni User ID: 2638326 239448
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"Made this for dinner, we love it! I followed the directions exactly then added chopped onion to cook with the hamburger, added salt and pepper to the hamburger as it cooked, garlic powder after all ingredients combined as well as additional salt and a little more crushed red pepper than in the recipe. It was delicious and I will make this again and again, a new favorite for us and it took no time at all. Toasted some soft baguette bread and we had sweet peas as a side. This was a very nice and easy, quick meal. Since there is just the two of us, we have left overs for next night and I'm taking some to my parents for dinner also. This is a good, good recipe."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 237964
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"This was incredibly bland and terrible. Maybe since I used vegetable soup mix instead of onion, it lost it's flavor. I will not be making this again."

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 237293
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015 Edited Mar. 4, 2017

"my husband loved this and suggested I make it again (it's only been 4 days). I didn't add the red pepper flakes as I don't like them. My only change was I added some minced garlic and canned mushrooms. Very tasty and easy dish."

kaylenn2172 User ID: 1286066 236911
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Great meal! Simple and quick."

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