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Beefy Barbecue Macaroni Recipe

Beefy Barbecue Macaroni Recipe

"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. YIELD: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 milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Additional cheddar cheese, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the macaroni, barbecue sauce, pepper and cayenne.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional 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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slye10001000 User ID: 5787172 263302
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1290795 72428
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7101358 29647
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

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

julanleasara User ID: 1119103 72427
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3122379 70279
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7167450 70270
Reviewed 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!"

Sunnyday4me112 User ID: 5239890 34405
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2011

"This was really yummy and so easy to make. I adjusted the seasonings cuz we like spicier, but will definately make again!"

katie213 User ID: 6009369 64906
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"My family loves this dish! I've made it several times and now my mom makes it for her and my dad. Add a little extra cayenne for more of a kick if you like it spicy. So good!"

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