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Skillet Beef and Macaroni Recipe

Skillet Beef and Macaroni Recipe

I found this recipe 30 years ago on a can label. My family loved it, and I later found I always received compliments when I took the dish to potluck suppers. Since it's so easy to put together, it makes a real time-saver for a busy housewife or working mother.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4-6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (7 ounces) macaroni
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until the meat is browned and onion is tender; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until macaroni is tender. stirring occasionally. Add additional water if needed. Yield: 4-6 servings.

Recipe Note

If Cooking for Two: Prepare just half of the recipe.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 317 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein.

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ChrisD1717 User ID: 8325994 254094
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2016

"This was pretty good. Reminds me of a hamburger dish my mom use to make. Only used 1 Lb. beef. Still turned out good. I also put in a can of diced tomatoes so it wasn't dry at all."

Nand000 User ID: 8878155 249385
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2016

"Came out great, my family loved it. Was in the mood for some home cooking flavors. I added 1 jalape?o with no seeds cause I like it a little spicy..I didn't use the warsc. sauce and half way through I needed about a cup more of water. wife said we should try it with a can of pinto beans in it next time..will do."

qevodude User ID: 8183758 215999
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"For a hearty one pot meal drop in a can of Bush's Original Vegetarian Baked Beans. Adds a mellow sweetness to the sauce. Yummm."

puzzlemad User ID: 3329799 17399
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2014

"I made this tonight and it was just o.k. The macaroni wasn't done & there wasn't enough liquid to continue cooking it. If I made this again I would add more liquid or less macaroni. I did add a little chili powder but it still needed something. I have made a similar recipe in the past which called for spicy v8 rather than tomato sauce & I prefer that over this one. Not a keeper."

Cathy1492 User ID: 7777028 42531
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2014

"I was looking for a recipe like this without chili, cheese, Italian sauce, or a bunch of ingredients. I read this and thought it sounded a little bland. I was so pleasantly surprised--it's delicious! I've made it several times and been happy every time--there are usually no leftovers. My family loves it."

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 17393
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"Five stars for being fast, easy and tasty. Thanks!"

ohyeah40 User ID: 6787809 42997
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"my kids liked this one.. i added mushrooms and more water and tweeked it with additional ingredients.. definitely would make again."

kshea User ID: 2698812 201848
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"This is my go to for macaroni and beef. We love it and have been making for years."

jmrw2 User ID: 4390381 37929
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"I made this recipe for a potluck and it was a huge hit - I made a double batch and none came home :) I did make a few changes though. Instead of the tomato sauce I used one can NN small diced tomatoes with green pepper, celery and onion and one can Hunts diced tomatoes with basil oregano and garlic. (because I doubled the recipe) and I added a generous sprinkling of granulated garlic. Even my picky husband liked it. I'll definitely be making this one again."

RRohrer User ID: 3493609 45080
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2009

"My son who is a picky eater loves this recipe - even with the green peppers! It's an easy last minute meal with ingredients already in my pantry!"

ncaudle User ID: 2621555 72206
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"This is what I call "goo-losh" except I leave out the green pepper and add mushrooms & sliced black olives and of course garlic powder. I top mine with grated cheese (very good with sharp cheddar). Make the big batch because it's always better the second day."

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