Easy Beefaroni Recipe
This Easy Beefaroni recipe is a hearty and comforting recipe that recreates a childhood classic. And since it has only five main ingredients, can be on the table in less than twenty minutes, and makes enough to feed a crowd (or leave plenty of leftovers), it’s sure to be a new family favorite for busy weeknights.
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Other than my kids, since I started my blog, I think I’ve written about my grandma more than anyone else. That’s actually kind of surprising since her cooking days were cut short, and I honestly don’t have a ton of old family recipes that have been passed down from her.
But as the oldest grandkid, I am the only one who really even has any vivid memories of my grandma’s cooking. My mom says that in her day, she was an amazing cook, but due to terrible rheumatoid arthritis that started to affect her at a very young age, her ability to use her hands was already quite diminished even by the time I was born. When I was little, she often made Sunday dinner for the family, with roasts or stuffed cabbage (though she always made me what I call “Polish meatballs” out of the filling) and always plenty of mashed potatoes. But what I remember the most are the more “everyday” things she made. If I spent the day at her house, she’d make me farina or scrambled eggs with cheese for breakfast and cream cheese sandwiches for lunch.
But what I loved the most was when she would call my mom and invite us for dinner. Even though we only lived five blocks away, because of her limitations with using her hands to cook, this didn’t happen often. But when it did, I was always excited because it meant she was making one of my favorite things. Nobody’s spaghetti ever came close to hers in my book. Every once in awhile, if I asked really nicely, she would spend all day chopping and simmering and straining to make chicken noodle soup, because she knew how much I loved it. But it was actually one of the easiest meals she made that evokes the strongest, warmest memories for me, because I can still hear her saying, “I made a pot of junk for dinner.”
Yes guys, I absolutely loved eating a bowl of junk…
Though I’m thinking you probably know it better if I tell you it’s an easy Beefaroni recipe.
Similar to the stuff you buy in a can, but so much better and still crazy easy, this hearty bowl of meaty pasta with just a hint of spice (enough to taste it, but not too much for those picky eaters) is sure to become a new family favorite in your house too. Cook some noodles (elbow macaroni is absolutely critical, even if you have to opt for gluten free pasta like me), brown some meat, add some sauce and chili powder, and then here’s the important part… stir it all together. No separate noodles and sauce here. It all needs to be mixed in the pot so you can hear that unmistakable sound of the pieces of elbow macaroni moving around in the pot with just the perfect amount of sauce. That’s the sound that brings me back to my grandma’s kitchen.
We often topped it with some parmesan cheese from a can and ate it with a slice of white bread slathered in margarine, but that was the 80’s and that’s just what you did. Nowadays I’m more apt to serve it with a side salad or some lemon parmesan roasted broccoli. However, watching my boys dig in to a bowl of “junk” just like I used to reminds me that it doesn’t have to be a complicated meal or some super authentic ethnic cuisine from your heritage to connect the generations. It’s really just about coming together to enjoy each others’ company and share about out past, present, and future. That’s a family recipe.
And that’s why I’m so excited to tell you about the show Relative Race. Unlike most other reality competition shows, Relative Race is all about family. Four teams ditch their smartphones for basic cell phones and paper maps as they head out on a ten day roadtrip filled with challenges that range from physical to mental and yes, even cooking challenges. Why? Because they are seeking out long-lost relatives, and what better way to connect with family than over food! Episode 4 aired last week, and Episode 5 is coming up this Sunday at 7 PM MT. You can catch up on all the past episodes and watch the next one on BYUtv apps for your phone, tablet, Amazon, and Roku, or streaming at www.BYUtv.org.
While you are watching, enjoy some family favorite recipes, like Parmesan Pesto Steelhead from Eazy Peazy Mealz, Hearty Chicken and Dumpling Soup from How Does She, or Fire Roasted Shashuka from The Toasted Pine Nut. Then for dessert, it’s Aunt Tootsie’s Lemon Meringue Pie from Crazy for Crust, or my grandma’s favorite Strawberries and Cream Cake.
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Five main ingredients and less than thirty minutes to recreate a childhood classic of slightly-spiced pasta, beef, and sauce.
- 8 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni (regular or gluten free)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1-1 1/4 pounds ground beef
- one small onion, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- one 29 oz. can tomato sauce
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder (more or less, to taste)
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion, salt, and pepper.
- Cook until the beef is browned and cooked through. Drain any excess grease.
- Drain the cooked pasta and return to the pot. Add the beef, tomato sauce, and chili powder and stir together.
- Return the pot to the stove over medium heat until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Can easily be doubled, and leftovers can be frozen.
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