Thursday, March 09, 2006

Another version of cheeseburger macaroni

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?


The Cookbook Junkie said...

I always have the best intentions but inevitably I keep buying more food and I end up throwing out a lot of the older food. (Even if it hasn't gone 'bad', some of it gets tossed to make room for new stuff.) I'm working on being more frugal.

Anonymous said...

I try to,but then I see this recipe that I just have to fix,and it all falls apart after
Your cheeseburger mac looks really good.

Michele said...

Looks yummy! Funny you ask about the fridge cleaning, I just posted about that yesterday. I am always cleaning mine, I am obsessive about it, LOL!

Anonymous said...

I made this for dinner on Friday night (when neither I nor my husband felt like cooking) and it was perfect. Quick and easy, but still had lots of flavor. I think it's a nice alternative to our boring pasta with canned spaghetti sauce. I'm posting the recipe on my blog too!