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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 Galbani® 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 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."

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."

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