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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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Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese

Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese and Green Bell Pepper
Macaroni Salad with Cheddar Cheese and Green Bell Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macaroni Salad

What can be more American than macaroni and cheese, I thought?  So it was a simple stretch to make a great picnic side dish Macaroni salad with cheddar cheese and diced bell pepper.  Simple easy to make and will feed lots and lots of hungry BBQer’s.

Ingredients for Macaroni Salad:

  1. 1 lb. elbow macaroni cooked and cooled
  2. 4 cups sour cream
  3. 2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 3 tbs red wine vinegar
  5. ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  6. 1 bell pepper finely diced
  7. salt & pepper to taste

Directions for Macaroni Salad:

Cook the macaroni and drain and let cool slightly.

In a large mixing bowl add the sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, cheese,bell pepper & salt & pepper.  Add the slightly warm  macaroni and mix completely.  Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. If making far in advance you may have to add a little bit of whole milk to keep it moist, as the sauce will be absorbed by the macaroni.  Add the milk a little at a time until the macaroni is moist but not really wet as too much milk will dilute the sauce too much.

 

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowl Set

 

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