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Hamburger Mac Skillet

This recipe makes just the right amount for my husband and me. I like the idea of cooking it all in one pan, and a touch of Worcestershire sauce adds a distinctive taste. -Barbara Kemmer, Rohnert Park, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (11-1/2 ounces) tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • Add the tomato juice, macaroni, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 291 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1620mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Paul
    Jun 30, 2020

    3/4 teaspoon salt was too much for me will cut back to 1/2 teaspoon next time. It needs a little something extra. I will try some other spices maybe some Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. Maybe anothe time some chili powder another time some taco seasoning. Something to give it a little different taste each time you make it.

  • John
    Jan 9, 2017

    As written, this recipe turns out fairly bland. The plus side is that this recipe is easily customized with cheeses and/or spices. I usually add either some taco seasoning and cheddar or at least use seasoned salt like that from Lowry and extra garlic.

  • mmchuber
    Sep 24, 2016

    Much like my favorite meal growing up in western Ohio. My NY-raised hubby found it too bland.

  • jo-cee
    Jan 22, 2013

    sounds yummy

  • gr8lips
    Jul 24, 2012

    Was ok and that was after I added a lot of spices and cheese..

  • s_pants
    Jun 19, 2012

    I found this a little salty. Next time I think I will cut the salt in half. My husband said it was fine though. I enjoyed the overall dish though...nice, simple and tasty!

  • lvrofyeshua
    Jan 5, 2012

    I had to improvise and use V8 juice instead of tomato juice. I also added some shredded sharp and pizza cheese. My children loved it!

  • picklesmom1
    Sep 25, 2011

    instead of using the plain tomato sauce...i had a can of meatloaf sauce from a certain maker. ..already has green peppers ect in it...used garlic turned out pretty good...we used to call something like this "goulash" i love how noodles absorb the tomato sauce...yummy

  • MelodyMahala
    Mar 8, 2011

    Pros - Easy, one skillet, actually makes enough for three. Cons - little bland, I added some Italian Seasoning but it was still missing "something" - next time I will add some mushrooms and some mini pepperoni