Thursday, March 09, 2006
Another version of cheeseburger macaroni
Favorite Brand Name 100 Best Hamburger Recipes Copyright 2003
1 cup mostaccioli or elbow macaroni, uncooked I used Dreamfields penne and I used more than 1 cup
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can (14 ½ ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
¼ cup tomato ketchup
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese I used my leftover odds and ends - a cheddar and mozzarella blend and I think the other one was just cheddar
1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
2. Brown meat with onion in large skillet; drain. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in undrained tomatoes, ketchup and pasta heat through.
3. Top with cheese. Garnish if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
I've made Cheeseburger Macaroni previously but this version, although very similar, packs a lot more flavor since it uses flavored tomatoes and some ketchup. The cheese isn't stirred into this one but you could stir it in if you wanted to. I like cooking the pasta separately. I cooked more than one cup of pasta (probably closer to two) and there was easily enough sauce to handle the extra pasta. I would make this again.
This recipe is actually something we had last week. Last night we had hot dogs and smiles. I'm really trying to cut back on our grocery bill and use up what we have on hand. I planned next week's menu last night and I'm making progress on emptying out the freezer. It's kind of fun trying to use up what I already have but we'll see if that makes for interesting food blogging or not.
I'm a big fan of all the Favorite Brand Name cookbooks. Unfortunately there's a lot of overlap of recipes but that's pretty common in the cookbook industry, I've found. A publisher will rework the same recipes into several different cookbooks.
Question of the Day: Do you make it a point to clear out your pantry/freezer/fridge every so often?