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Quick Tomato Mac ‘n’ Beef

This one-skillet supper from the Taste of Home Cooking School Recipe Collection satisfies big appetites with its hearty mix of ingredients. (See page 66 for more about the cooking school.) For variety, add a cup of frozen vegetables or drained canned vegetables during the last 5-7 minutes of cooking.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green onions and sour cream, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and water; bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni.
  • Cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Stir in cheese. Garnish with onions and sour cream if desired.
Editor's Note: For a spicier flavor, substitute a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies.

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  • PageRD
    Dec 9, 2016

    Fast, easy, yummy. What more needs to be said? Flavored tomatoes would change it up to keep it fresh.

  • lepleyracing
    Jul 13, 2015

    This was good and easy to make. I followed the recipe other then I used a can of beef broth instead of water and I used the whole can. So I when adding the macaroni and added a heaping one cup. We all enjoyed this and I liked that it was all cooked in one pot.

  • julanleasara
    Aug 9, 2013

    I made this for Christmas one year and everyone raved over it. I always double the recipe and only use 1/2 pound more ground beef. I also only use diced tomatoes and when I double I substitute one can of mild Ro-tel. It adds a nice kick to the flavor. I use dehydrated onion because my family isn't wild about a lot of onions in their food.

  • r.hoefert
    Sep 22, 2012

    This is one of my favorite fast recipes! You can use any flavored tomato. I always add a cup of frozen mixed vegetables.