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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 pepper flakes if desired. 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.

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

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

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.

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

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.

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

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!

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

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.

Reviewed May. 29, 2013

It was pretty good but lacked a lot of flavor. Next time wll try to spice it up some.

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