Sunday, March 13, 2011

Beefy Macaroni Skillet

   If I ask my Hubby what he wants for dinner the answer is often Beefy Macaroni Skillet. This is  comfort food plain and simple. Mom made it when we were children, it was called goulash. I've updated it, cut the recipe down so it no longer feeds a small army and added a few extra touches to make it mine. Hubby also enjoys the leftovers for lunch. So it is a win/win!

Beefy Macaroni Skillet
1/2 pound ground beef
1 small onion diced
1 small can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water or tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup small elbow pasta, I like ditalini
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup grated cheese
Brown ground beef and onion, add tomatoes, water or juice, salt and pepper, bring to a simmer
Add pasta bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes till pasta is tender, stir often. Add corn, heat through. Top with shredded cheese and serve.

Quick dinner tips.
Brown a pound or two of ground beef with onions, season. Freeze in usable portions. This will give you a jump start on many meals.

Start Beefy Macaroni Skillet in the morning, or the night before. Brown meat and onion add seasonings, tomatoes and liquid. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Heat to a simmer add pasta and finish cooking.

I enjoy the convenience of pre-shredded cheese but not the taste. So I shred a small block of my favorite Tillimok Extra Sharp Cheese. I shred it on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Now I have my own tasty shredded cheese. Perfect for tacos, pizza, quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches etc. It keeps a week or more and tastes great.


Unknown said...

I haven't had this in years, probably since I was teenager. I'm going to have to try it out!

And beautiful photo mom...I never thought macaroni beef skillet could be so beautiful :)

Kayte said...

My mom used to make this a lot when I was growing up and just the other day I was thinking about it and that I had never made it for my family. I need to change that soon, don't I? This looks like a good recipe for it, although my mom's did not have corn in it. I asked for the recipe and she said, "Oh goodness, it was just whatever I had leftover for meat and pasta and tomatoes and I never really used a recipe." I am beginning to learn that a lot of her things were like! I will give your version a try, maybe even put the corn in!

Susan at said...

Perfect - we love comfort food at our house too! Plus it is easy - and kids will love it.

Thanks for sharing!

PheMom said...

Hi Cindy! Sorry for the very delayed response to your question about the white chocolate. I couldn't find an email address for you and then completely spaced it once I finally made it to a computer instead of my phone! :)

Anyway, to answer your question - I buy my white chocolate at Gygi's, but also at Bakers C&C. It is located over by the IMC hospital in Midvale/Murray. Email me if you need more directions - they are a great little shop with lots of fun supplies. :) Hope that helps!


Anonymous said...

I had this growing up and make it for my family now. It's my comfort food. My kids love it. The only difference is that I add some chili powder.

Grandma Scott said...

Memories of the old days, except my cheese was mild and no corn (of course...)
(maybe someday I'll grow up and like corn)