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Skillet Beef and Macaroni

I found this simple skillet recipe many years ago on a can label. I made some tweaks, and my family loved it. Because it's so easy to put together, it's a real timesaver for people with super busy schedules. —Maxine Neuhauser, Arcadia, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    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


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef and onion until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally, 20-25 minutes. Add more water if needed.
Nutrition 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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  • annrms
    Apr 30, 2020

    DH made this delicious recipe. He used a little less burger and added more vegetables. As suggested he added some garlic powder, and for a little zip, he threw in some jalapeno. Great dish!

  • Christine
    Dec 11, 2019

    Simple and quick, easy on the budget, and very tasty! I served it with a green salad to round out the meal. Perfect weeknight dinner.

  • Peapod0114
    Oct 26, 2019

    This is such a go to for a busy working Mom like myself. Easy ingredients most things people would have on hand. Easy to prepare and you can get this on the table in no time. Very similar to a goolash.

  • Maryann
    Oct 9, 2019

    I got this recipe off the back of a matchbook cover when I was a teenager. I am now a grandmother and I still make it.

  • Dawn
    Aug 13, 2019

    I'd reviewed this recipe on 8/12/2019, but I have not seen it come up! My change with ingredients was using 2 cans of Italian-style tomato sauce since I'd had it on hand. I did use my 6-qt. stockpot and as the contributor had suggested, I did add more water as needed! This is a delicious recipe!

  • pajamaangel
    Jul 13, 2019

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  • dlguss
    May 10, 2019

    Quick, easy, and delicious. I have made this 5 times since finding the recipe.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Apr 27, 2019

    Love this delicious dish. Only change I made was to use one pound ground beef and cook the macaroni separately then add it to the skillet. This is not only quick and easy but also delicious. If you have a big family, you may want to double the recipe. We got three helpings out of it but we were hungry. Definitely a 5-star recipe.

  • rena 55
    Mar 23, 2019

    Easy and tasty! I like to have a few simple recipes on hand to make a quick meal. This one will be one of them!

  • bunsman
    Mar 14, 2019

    Saw this recipe in the April/May Taste of Hame magazine, and just had to try it. Made it tonight and was pleasantly surprised. Being so simple and fast, I was leary it may be a little bland, but not the case. Only change I made was adding some corn, and a cup of tomato juice for added moisture. Very flavorful and fast.