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Stovetop Italian Macaroni Recipe

Stovetop Italian Macaroni Recipe

It’s not every day that a cost-conscious menu pleases both the eye and the stomach, but this scrumptious stovetop entree does just that. —Laila Zvejnieks, Stoney Creek, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, water, soup mix, Italian seasoning and, if desired, pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Stir in macaroni. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-9 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
  • 2. Remove from the heat; stir in Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and let stand for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 410 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 969mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 30g protein.

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TamiSueGarcia User ID: 8919914 267951
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2017

"My husband really enjoyed this. Instead of regular diced tomatoes I added a can of Italian style diced tomatoes to add a bit of additional flavor. I also diced a small onion and browned it with the beef. Will def make again!"

AllisonO User ID: 7446023 267854
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2017

"We will definitely be making this again as it was delicious! I thought the onion soup mix, the crushed red pepper flakes, and the basil (I didn't have Italian seasoning on hand so I subbed in dried, crushed basil flakes) provided great flavor. I also added a bit of onion powder and garlic powder. This recipe comes together really quickly and is made even better because it calls for ingredients I already have on-hand (or that can easily be substituted for). In the future, I may try bulk Italian sausage in place of all or some of the hamburger just for a slightly different flavor."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 254443
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"Not a bad dish. I used 1/2 hamburger and 1/2 Italian sausage and tomatoes with green pepper, onion, and celery. I also added onion. I think I would like it better with all hamburger. My family enjoyed it."

HomeChefColleen User ID: 7305751 253429
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"Love this! A definite make again!"

ellimaye1 User ID: 1179808 252748
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"quick, easy meal. It was lacking in flavor (even with seasoning the ground beef and using the red pepper flakes) so I will try doubling the Italian seasoning next time."

cindymarza User ID: 7391984 243162
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I doubled the recipe and replaced 1/3 of the ground beef with Bob Evans sausage and I added 2 tsp. of minced garlic to the recipe. We thought the meal was very tasty and has been added as a favorite."

Suzanni User ID: 2638326 239448
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"Made this for dinner, we love it! I followed the directions exactly then added chopped onion to cook with the hamburger, added salt and pepper to the hamburger as it cooked, garlic powder after all ingredients combined as well as additional salt and a little more crushed red pepper than in the recipe. It was delicious and I will make this again and again, a new favorite for us and it took no time at all. Toasted some soft baguette bread and we had sweet peas as a side. This was a very nice and easy, quick meal. Since there is just the two of us, we have left overs for next night and I'm taking some to my parents for dinner also. This is a good, good recipe."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 237964
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"This was incredibly bland and terrible. Maybe since I used vegetable soup mix instead of onion, it lost it's flavor. I will not be making this again."

bernerlover User ID: 2342652 237293
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015 Edited Mar. 4, 2017

"my husband loved this and suggested I make it again (it's only been 4 days). I didn't add the red pepper flakes as I don't like them. My only change was I added some minced garlic and canned mushrooms. Very tasty and easy dish."

kaylenn2172 User ID: 1286066 236911
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Great meal! Simple and quick."

HeidiMae624 User ID: 8191565 236821
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"This was a fabulous meal. My boyfriend thought it was wonderful! I will be making this again."

kaid21 User ID: 8158121 235992
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2015

"Just made this for dinner, only change I made was add a small onion to the ground beef. Was slightly salty but the way I like it. I thought it was pretty good"

bkbishop User ID: 5514696 232992
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2015

"I'm giving this 5 stars but with my modifications. I added 3 cloves of fresh minced garlic, I added about 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil, I used my own home grown tomatoes because I had plenty of them, I added 1/2 of a medium diced onion, I added no sodium beef bouillon to the water (one packet per cup of water), I didn't have any onion soup mix so I used Good Seasons Zesty Italian dressing and recipe mix which is actually lower in sodium and has a better flavor in my opinion, and a splash of red wine (Cab Sauv). This was really very good and a quick easy dinner that makes a lot."

KittieCatt User ID: 6154720 231992
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"I gave this 4 stars because it was easy & quick to prepare, and was 'pretty good' when prepared as written. I always use 96/4% ground beef. Next time I'll add a bit of minced garlic, some diced green pepper, and mushrooms. I'll use lower sodium diced tomatoes, and whole wheat pasta...which I'll cook separately before adding (in order to avoid excess starch.) This is a good dish to prepare on a busy day."

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 218604
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"Surprisingly easy to make, but a little bit too like Hamburger Helper for my taste. Also, I subbed wheat penne for macaroni and ground turkey for ground beef. I wasn't loving the ground turkey in this dish, but the penne was good and easier to find in wheat."

mbaulch User ID: 7600486 214149
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"Good recipe for a large group...I made my own onion soup mix blend."

Spooky123 User ID: 6521366 175026
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"My kids call this "Homemade Hamburger Helper". We all love this dish. I had to add garlic powder for more flavor. Thanks for sharing."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 130389
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"I don't think this is a five star recipe but add a salad and garlic bread and it makes an inexpensive tastey weeknight supper. I think it could use a little extra seasoning."

Jenses User ID: 676516 147890
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"I make something close to this (I don't use onion soup, and I cook the macaroni separately, and add it to the hamb./veg. mixture) but I always add chopped green pepper. Those looking for more flavor might try that. I haven't used red pepper flakes, but think it might make a great addition."

mocox13 User ID: 4494817 147889
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"I did add a 1/4 tsp. of minced garlic and another cup of macaroni, as well as some black pepper. My family enjoyed it. I like that the red pepper gave it just a little kick. This was a nice quick meal on an evening that I didn't feel like cooking; will make again."

rondopat User ID: 7920442 110698
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"I read all the reviews and added more spices, garlic. Italian, onion. It tasted good. All I will do next time is use more macaroni or less meat and a little more liquid."

Suzflygr11 User ID: 7863379 113140
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"I am not a cook and was trying to find a recipe that was tasty and easy to make for my husband. It was good but not great in my opinion it is lacking something but not being a cook I can not figure out what! lol I did take the advise of other reviews and use real onion and broth instead of the soup mix as I did not want too much salt. But it is still just a little lacking. My husband said it was great but I think he is just encouraging me to cook! lol"

luigimon User ID: 1692040 211914
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2014

"I put too much salt in it, but could tell that it would be good. I will only make it when the hubby is working out of town.....he hated it! Calls that kind of dish, 'slop.'"

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 175024
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"My taste buds must have been on vacation as I felt that this recipe was very lacking. It has great eye appeal. However it does fall short in the taste Dept. It really needs more of everything. The ingredients sure look interesting. But I feel that the finished recipe needs some changes. Some extra liquid would have helped. And hands down more cheese. Perhaps less meat?

It certainly would be one to play with.

Tipsymcstagger User ID: 7467398 192435
Reviewed May. 8, 2014

"This recipe was like taking your taste buds to a day the waterpark! The food slides right off the fork into a big splash of flavor right on your tongue! Nice work people!"

[email protected] User ID: 7496809 179238
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"Thanks for contributing this recipe. We really enjoyed it."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 192622
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2014

"Nice dish! I added some mushrooms, zucchini, and garlic as well as some fresh basil at the end. Delicious meal and easy to customize."

smalls410 User ID: 7662989 147886
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"Very satisfying! I modified it some. I added diced onion and fresh garlic to the ground beef in the beginning. I used Rotel diced tomatoes with green chili,as well as the red pepper flakes, (we like things spicy) and I added mushrooms too. I also added an extra 1/2 C Parmesan cheese. Next time I will use Italian sausage AND add spinach."

june11polarbear User ID: 7059156 190207
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Delicious! I did modify the recipe a little bit. I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef & used Italian style diced tomatoes. I also mixed in 6 oz cooked spinach before adding the topping in the last step."

Espar User ID: 6750421 107112
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"Very Good and easy! I made some changes to the recipe and used hamburger & hot italian sausage, seasoned tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese and no red pepper flakes. I Also added a 4oz. can of mushroom pieces & a 16oz. can of cannellini beans. My daughter & I both loved it and will be making it again. Next time I may try adding frozen vegetables. Thanks for the recipe!"

degreenia User ID: 212516 190206
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"Super easy meal to make. Seasonal camping in an RV and is an easy meal to make in a camper. Also great for pot-luck."

Jeannellc User ID: 6897290 179236
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"It was pretty good but lacked a lot of flavor. Next time wll try to spice it up some."

A13 User ID: 6893613 130388
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"My family loved it! There were only enough leftovers for about three people the next day. Only instead of adding diced tomatoes, we used an extra jar of tomato sauce"

kissfan User ID: 6746863 107107
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2012

"We absolutly LOVED it!! easy to make. Thanks"

cbachtel User ID: 3618273 179231
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

"for royalviking, one way to cut down on the sodium would be to use sodium free beef bullion instead of the onion soup mix. Just add a fresh onion for the onion flavoring. This recipe adds some interesting additions to an old family favorite of mine, so am looking forward to trying it out with the change for sodium content."

royalviking User ID: 5863165 120694
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"This is way too salty. IF I were to make this again, I would change a few things. I think Cheddar may work better than Mozza and add some flavour. I would also look for ways to cut down the sodium. I liked the ease of this dish, but the overall taste wasn't all that impressive. 2+1/2 stars would have been more accurate."

grannysnail User ID: 743232 174685
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"P.S. Forgot the stars! Also wanted to add that it makes a huge batch, expecially for two of us; fortunately hubby likes left-overs."

grannysnail User ID: 743232 192433
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2012

"Very easy; I will add more spices, salt & pepper next time. Also don't think the mozzarella added anything to flavor. But my husband loved it as is so will make again."

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 174683
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"My stars to rate have disappeared but I would have said 5 stars. Made this last night and it was so quick and easy and tasted nothing like hamburger helper. I did use some minced garlic in the hambuger. I also used two 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano. I also had to cook longer for the noodles to finish but it was not soupy at all."

lawhipp User ID: 4583903 107105
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2012

"easy to make, family loved it!"

collegeave User ID: 2051962 130383
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"My husband really liked this. I added a can of beans for some fiber.Yummy comfort food"

reneeln User ID: 6438706 147885
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. We've made it several times. It's delicious and so easy. We always have the ingredients on hand."

ColleenaG User ID: 1190332 175023
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"My family liked this receipe but I did change it slightly. I used italian sausage in place of the ground beef and added about a cup of prepared spaghetti sauce once the macaroni was cooked."

jbennett User ID: 1496914 107102
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"I liked this straightforward recipe that didn't call for any oddball ingredients. I made the recipe so there would be leftovers for a second night; we thought it tasted better the second night. I used more Italian seasoning than it called for, and the taste suited us. The cooking and prep time of 25 minutes is not enough; 45 minutes is a better estimate. The next time, I would add chopped onion and minced garlic to enhance the flavor."

vreberg User ID: 1068638 120692
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"Fast, easy, feeds many, and going in my "quick file"."

GeauxTigers User ID: 3594000 113136
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2011

"This was delicious, however, we used a jar of store bought spaghetti sauce in lieu of the diced tomatoes. Also, the cook time needs to be extended for the pasta to fully cook."

bootzzie User ID: 1137765 175022
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"I was disappointed in the first helping - off the stove, but froze the leftovers. It was excellent thawed and reheated. I'll be making it again. The red pepper flakes gave it just a little occasional kick."

chesy76 User ID: 154400 122900
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"too much like Hamburger Helper"

lucillekuj User ID: 5980038 190204
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"My husband asked me not to make this again after eating it and asked not to be served the leftovers. First, even with extra cooking with the top off there was too much liquid. It was almost soupy. Next, there wasn't enough flavor, even though I put in extra Italian seasoning and pepper flakes. The recipe is missing something. Maybe it needs some tomato sauce or more spices. I am NOT looking forward to eating the huge amount of leftovers by myself. I may give in and throw much of what is left away if I can't doctor it up to become more palatable."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 130381
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"I wasn't sure how the onion soup mix and cheeses would taste together, but I'm glad we gave it a try... It was very good and was a hearty and comforting one dish entree! I guess my only comments would be that the macaroni took a few extra minutes to cook and the dish doesn't really seem "Italian" to me... Thanks for sharing!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 107100
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"I really liked this, but unfortunately not everyone in my family liked it. I may try it again but make a few minor modifications."

TKCloughfam User ID: 3077254 192432
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Very good... reminds me of homemade hamburger helper. good flavor and easy"

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