Stovetop Italian Macaroni Recipe
- 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
- 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.
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.
Reviews for Stovetop Italian Macaroni
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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. Very tasty and easy dish."
"Great meal! Simple and quick."
"This was a fabulous meal. My boyfriend thought it was wonderful! I will be making this again."
"Just made this for dinner, only change I made was add a small onion to the ground beef. Was slightly salty but the way I like it. I thought it was pretty good"
"I'm giving this 5 stars but with my modifications. I added 3 cloves of fresh minced garlic, I added about 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil, I used my own home grown tomatoes because I had plenty of them, I added 1/2 of a medium diced onion, I added no sodium beef bouillon to the water (one packet per cup of water), I didn't have any onion soup mix so I used Good Seasons Zesty Italian dressing and recipe mix which is actually lower in sodium and has a better flavor in my opinion, and a splash of red wine (Cab Sauv). This was really very good and a quick easy dinner that makes a lot."
"I gave this 4 stars because it was easy & quick to prepare, and was 'pretty good' when prepared as written. I always use 96/4% ground beef. Next time I'll add a bit of minced garlic, some diced green pepper, and mushrooms. I'll use lower sodium diced tomatoes, and whole wheat pasta...which I'll cook separately before adding (in order to avoid excess starch.) This is a good dish to prepare on a busy day."
"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."
"Good recipe for a large group...I made my own onion soup mix blend."
"My kids call this "Homemade Hamburger Helper". We all love this dish. I had to add garlic powder for more flavor. Thanks for sharing."
"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."
"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."
"I did add a 1/4 tsp. of minced garlic and another cup of macaroni, as well as some black pepper. My family enjoyed it. I like that the red pepper gave it just a little kick. This was a nice quick meal on an evening that I didn't feel like cooking; will make again."
"I read all the reviews and added more spices, garlic. Italian, onion. It tasted good. All I will do next time is use more macaroni or less meat and a little more liquid."
"I am not a cook and was trying to find a recipe that was tasty and easy to make for my husband. It was good but not great in my opinion it is lacking something but not being a cook I can not figure out what! lol I did take the advise of other reviews and use real onion and broth instead of the soup mix as I did not want too much salt. But it is still just a little lacking. My husband said it was great but I think he is just encouraging me to cook! lol"
"I put too much salt in it, but could tell that it would be good. I will only make it when the hubby is working out of town.....he hated it! Calls that kind of dish, 'slop.'"
"My taste buds must have been on vacation as I felt that this recipe was very lacking. It has great eye appeal. However it does fall short in the taste Dept. It really needs more of everything. The ingredients sure look interesting. But I feel that the finished recipe needs some changes. Some extra liquid would have helped. And hands down more cheese. Perhaps less meat?It certainly would be one to play with.Janie"
"This recipe was like taking your taste buds to a day the waterpark! The food slides right off the fork into a big splash of flavor right on your tongue! Nice work people!"
"Thanks for contributing this recipe. We really enjoyed it."
"Nice dish! I added some mushrooms, zucchini, and garlic as well as some fresh basil at the end. Delicious meal and easy to customize."
"Very satisfying! I modified it some. I added diced onion and fresh garlic to the ground beef in the beginning. I used Rotel diced tomatoes with green chili,as well as the red pepper flakes, (we like things spicy) and I added mushrooms too. I also added an extra 1/2 C Parmesan cheese. Next time I will use Italian sausage AND add spinach."
"Delicious! I did modify the recipe a little bit. I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef & used Italian style diced tomatoes. I also mixed in 6 oz cooked spinach before adding the topping in the last step."
"Very Good and easy! I made some changes to the recipe and used hamburger & hot italian sausage, seasoned tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese and no red pepper flakes. I Also added a 4oz. can of mushroom pieces & a 16oz. can of cannellini beans. My daughter & I both loved it and will be making it again. Next time I may try adding frozen vegetables. Thanks for the recipe!"
"Super easy meal to make. Seasonal camping in an RV and is an easy meal to make in a camper. Also great for pot-luck."
"It was pretty good but lacked a lot of flavor. Next time wll try to spice it up some."
"My family loved it! There were only enough leftovers for about three people the next day. Only instead of adding diced tomatoes, we used an extra jar of tomato sauce"
"We absolutly LOVED it!! Easy to make. Thanks"
"for royalviking, one way to cut down on the sodium would be to use sodium free beef bullion instead of the onion soup mix. Just add a fresh onion for the onion flavoring. This recipe adds some interesting additions to an old family favorite of mine, so am looking forward to trying it out with the change for sodium content."
"This is way too salty. IF I were to make this again, I would change a few things. I think Cheddar may work better than Mozza and add some flavour. I would also look for ways to cut down the sodium. I liked the ease of this dish, but the overall taste wasn't all that impressive. 2+1/2 stars would have been more accurate."
"P.S. Forgot the stars! Also wanted to add that it makes a huge batch, expecially for two of us; fortunately hubby likes left-overs."
"Very easy; I will add more spices, salt & pepper next time. Also don't think the mozzarella added anything to flavor. But my husband loved it as is so will make again."
"My stars to rate have disappeared but I would have said 5 stars. Made this last night and it was so quick and easy and tasted nothing like hamburger helper. I did use some minced garlic in the hambuger. I also used two 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano. I also had to cook longer for the noodles to finish but it was not soupy at all."
"Easy to make, family loved it!"
"My husband really liked this. I added a can of beans for some fiber.Yummy comfort food"
"My family loves this recipe. We've made it several times. It's delicious and so easy. We always have the ingredients on hand."
"My family liked this receipe but I did change it slightly. I used italian sausage in place of the ground beef and added about a cup of prepared spaghetti sauce once the macaroni was cooked."
"I liked this straightforward recipe that didn't call for any oddball ingredients. I made the recipe so there would be leftovers for a second night; we thought it tasted better the second night. I used more Italian seasoning than it called for, and the taste suited us. The cooking and prep time of 25 minutes is not enough; 45 minutes is a better estimate. The next time, I would add chopped onion and minced garlic to enhance the flavor."
"Fast, easy, feeds many, and going in my "quick file"."
"This was delicious, however, we used a jar of store bought spaghetti sauce in lieu of the diced tomatoes. Also, the cook time needs to be extended for the pasta to fully cook."
"I was disappointed in the first helping - off the stove, but froze the leftovers. It was excellent thawed and reheated. I'll be making it again. The red pepper flakes gave it just a little occasional kick."
"too much like Hamburger Helper"
"My husband asked me not to make this again after eating it and asked not to be served the leftovers. First, even with extra cooking with the top off there was too much liquid. It was almost soupy. Next, there wasn't enough flavor, even though I put in extra Italian seasoning and pepper flakes. The recipe is missing something. Maybe it needs some tomato sauce or more spices. I am NOT looking forward to eating the huge amount of leftovers by myself. I may give in and throw much of what is left away if I can't doctor it up to become more palatable."
"I wasn't sure how the onion soup mix and cheeses would taste together, but I'm glad we gave it a try... It was very good and was a hearty and comforting one dish entree! I guess my only comments would be that the macaroni took a few extra minutes to cook and the dish doesn't really seem "Italian" to me... Thanks for sharing!"
"I really liked this, but unfortunately not everyone in my family liked it. I may try it again but make a few minor modifications."
"Very good... reminds me of homemade hamburger helper. good flavor and easy"
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.