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Macaroni and Beef

Macaroni and Beef
Macaroni and Beef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macaroni and Beef

I think macaroni and beef is more American than apple pie.  Generations have been raised on the simple and inexpensive concept of ground beef and elbow macaroni.  It’s healthy and filling and on a per serving basis relatively cheap.

There are no rules, feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs to find your own personalized recipe.  The same goes for the cooking method. mix the cheese in and do it all in one pot or layer the macaroni in a baking dish cover with cheese and bake, or do both it’s up to you.  Here’s my version I like to do a one pot meal (doing it all in one pot makes clean up easy),but if you like bake it.

Ingredients for Macaroni and Beef

  1. 1 1/2 -2 pounds of lean ground beef
  2. 1 pound grated cheddar cheese ÷ 2
  3. 1 pound elbow macaroni cooked al dente
  4. 2 -14 oz cans diced tomatoes
  5. 1 cup ketchup
  6. 1 medium onion diced
  7. 1 clove garlic minced
  8. 1 tsp allspice
  9. 2 tsp crushed rosemary
  10. 1 tsp cumin
  11. 1 tsp sage
  12. 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  13. Salt and pepper to taste
  14. 2 -3 Tbs canola oil

Directions for Macaroni and Beef

In a large pot cook the elbow macaroni.  Once cooked empty, into a colander and set aside.

Add the canola oil to the pot, let it get hot the add  the ground beef,onions, garlic , allspice,rosemary, cumin, and sage and brown the beef .  When the beef has browned add the canned tomatoes,ketchup,and Worcestershire sauce.  Check seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper.  Put the cooked macaroni in and stir to combine.  Now add half the cheese and mix completely.

You can now serve with a sprinkle of the remaining cheese on top of each portion or put into a 9 X 13 baking pan layer the cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes at 350° or until the mixture is hot and the cheese is melted.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Spectrum Wall-Mountable Black Scroll Spice Rack
Belgique 12 Qt. Stainless Steel Stock pot
Anchor Hocking Glass Bake ‘N Take 9 Inch x 13 Inch Dish With Snap On Cover

 

 

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Meatloaf

Meatloaf
Meatloaf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meatloaf

While still on the quest to find affordable housing, we are definitely using up every thing in the freezer and pantry.  So here’s a meatloaf recipe to add a little flavor to a simple dish.  For years we had a recipe for meatloaf that used wheat germ in it.  It was tasty but had a number of after effects, so I’ve worked a different version that’s a little less unbinding.

This one like many recipes is not written in stone.  I probably would have added onions, that had been sautéed, if we had them.  The amounts of ingredients are also subject to interpretation, the bread crumbs could vary quite a bit, it’s really all about cooking by “eye”.  You could also vary the meat by adding ground pork or veal into the mix.  Feel free to experiment.

Ingredients for Meatloaf

  1. 2 #’s ground beef fairly lean
  2. 2 eggs
  3. ¼ cup whole milk
  4. 1 Tbs garlic salt
  5. 1 Tbs pepper
  6. 3 -4  Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  7. ½ cup ketchup
  8. 3 – 6+ cups Italian style Panko bread crumbs
  9. ¼ – ½ cup BBQ Sauce

Directions for Meatloaf

Mix the beef, eggs, milk, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce and ketchup thoroughly.  Begin to add the Panko bread crumbs and combine, continue until you have slightly moist not wet mixture that holds together well.

Place into a loaf pan and press to even out.  Pour a layer of BBQ sauce about ¼ of an  inch thick over the top.  Bake for 50 – 60 minutes in a 350° oven.  When done remove from oven and let sit to rest for a few minutes before slicing.

Be adventurous try adding finely diced carrots, or diced green chilies, celery, diced pepper of any color, sautéed onions the list goes on.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Good Cook 9 Inch Ceramic Loaf Dish, Red
Amco Nylon Slotted Spatula

 

 

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