Beefy Macaroni ~ Secret Recipe Club

My favorite time of the month…..Secret Recipe Club time! This month I was assigned Carrie’s Sweet Life. Carrie describes her blog as, “Simple, comforting, down home food that put a smiles on the face of everyone who tries it.” And I have to agree!! I found so many recipes I can’t wait to try.

Just how do these recipes sound: Thin Mint Popcorn, Lasagna Roll Ups, and Coconut Key Lime Bread? Those and a few more I have bookmarked for future use. I finally decided on this Beefy Macaroni for a few reasons. I needed dinner, I wanted a lot of leftovers and it reminded me of a dish I ate when I was a kid. I’m pretty sure it was a Hamburger Helper meal…what was it Chili Mac? Does anyone remember?

This meal was EASY to make, and one I know I’ll be making again. My girls loved it. They all wanted seconds, thirds and leftovers until it was gone. This big dish of Beefy Macaroni lasted our family of 5 for 3 days. It’s easy to adapt, and change around as you like. Extra spices, add some heat, different cheese…whatever you want. Make sure you stop over and check out Carrie’s site. I’m sure you’ll have several new recipes to add to your meal plan!

Beefy Macaroni ~ Secret Recipe Club
Recipe type: Dinner, Pasta, Italian, Casserole
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Serves: 12
  • 1 large onion diced (I used ½ onion minced)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp granulated sugar (I used 2 Tbsp)
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes (I used Flora tomato sauce 1½ jars)
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 box macaroni, or other short pasta
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (I forgot to add this)
  1. In olive oil, cook onions and then add ground beef. Brown ground beef. Salt and pepper beef while cooking.
  2. Add tomato sauce (about 32 oz), and all spices. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low and cook low and slow for an hour. This part is important to allow flavors to blend and meld together.
  3. Cook macaroni or pasta as directed on box to al dente. Drain. Add pasta to sauce, add more salt and other seasonings as needed and cover. Continue cooking and preheat oven to 425.
  4. Transfer pasta to a large casserole dish. I think mine was 10 x 13. Cover with shredded cheeses and cover with foil. Bake until cheese has melted. I baked without the foil.


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15 Responses to Beefy Macaroni ~ Secret Recipe Club

  1. Tandy says:

    what a great pick! I want to dig right in 🙂
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  2. I would love to have this for dinner tonight! So cozy and comforting 🙂 Perfect for a chilly evening.
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  3. This looks so good. I would love to curl up with the whole pan, and enjoy it with a movie. Bookmarked!

  4. Carrie says:

    Glad you enjoyed this!
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  5. Melissa says:

    Homemade Hamburger Helper? This is right up my husband’s alley–great recipe 🙂
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  6. This looks great! My family would really like this, I know they would! Great pick!
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  7. misschels says:

    Im having a flashback to my childhood years 🙂
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  8. WOW! This dish looks and sounds amazing. My hubby would adore this. Great SRC pick! Pinning to make later!

  9. Desi says:

    This looks so much better than hamburger helper! So comforting! I had you for this month’s SRC. We loved your black bean salsa! I’ve been enjoying it for lunch and dinner the past few days 🙂 Thanks for a great recipe!

  10. This is definitely on my list of things to cook for dinner. The Secret Recipe Club sounds like so much fun.
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  11. Cris says:

    You gave me an idea. I’ll ask my wife to adapt the recipe to our tastes.

  12. Cristian Geo says:

    I would like to make an attempt, but it depends on my wife, unfortunately
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  13. Making this tonight! I hope it’s good. 😉
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  14. Love love love oh so yummy! I never imagine any party without the presence of any pasta dishes. And this beefy macaroni gees just melts my mouth. The orange feel taste it of the cheese and the soft texture of the noodles feels so secret already. Can I use iodized salt instead of sea salt? It’s a must at home. The plating of the beefy macaroni even stand for a prosperous meal ahead.

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