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Beefy Barbecue Macaroni

"I developed this dish while visiting a friend," says Mary Cokenour of Monticello, Utah. "She came home late from work and didn't have time to grocery shop. So I threw together this all-in-one skillet dish using pantry staples. Her family was so impressed that now she makes it for them once a week."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-1/2 cups cooked elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Additional cheddar cheese, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Add the macaroni, barbecue sauce, pepper and cayenne.
  • In a small saucepan, heat milk and butter over medium heat until butter is melted. Stir in cheese until melted. Pour over the macaroni mixture; gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 456 calories, 21g fat (12g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 647mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 28g protein.

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  • s_pants
    Nov 17, 2017

    Only used 1/2 pound of ground beef. Also didn't have enough BBQ sauce so I used packets on Arby's Sauce that I had on hand. Gave an extra couple of shakes of cayenne pepper. My 8 year old said it was a little too spicy, but she had a second helping. Enjoyed by the whole family for a last-minute dinner that was easy to put together.

  • zookeeperk
    Nov 16, 2017

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  • slye10001000
    Mar 10, 2017

    This is delicious and so easy to make. You know everyone in this household loves it because they pig out on it and don't say a word.

  • ccamann
    Apr 11, 2014

    Nice quick & easy meal. I added more meat & barbecue sauce to it and used a Mexican blend cheese, which is what I had on hand. My boys thought it was great.

  • jstowellsupermom
    Mar 3, 2014

    Family loved this! A great quick supper for busy nights!

  • julanleasara
    Aug 9, 2013

    My family loves this! It is super easy which I love. I can never get the sauce to be anything other than a big clump so I just pour the milk into the noodle mixture and stir in the cheese until it melts. I have also made it with American cheese with good results.

  • niagaracat
    Jul 5, 2013

    I did 1 lb ground beef, cut back just 1/2 cup on the pasta and everything else I left the same. It is a fast throw together dish but hubby and I thought it was missing something.

  • louisekz
    Mar 8, 2013

    Made this pretty quick, was a success. I didnt use fresh garlic- powder instead. And didnt have time make cheese sause. Put butter & milk over noodles- then added lots cheese on top. At allre have an excellant tutorial on how make cheese sauces!

  • mommy1967
    Dec 13, 2012

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  • Kpuj
    Apr 11, 2012

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