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

410 calories: 1-1/3 cups, 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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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."

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Great meal! Simple and quick."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"This was a fabulous meal. My boyfriend thought it was wonderful! I will be making this again."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"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"

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"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."

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