Zippy Beefy Mac
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I have a short list of go-to recipes for busy days where I don’t have a lot of time in the kitchen, but want a hearty meal. Zippy Beefy Mac is one of our favorites on the list. The recipe is easy enough that even my husband who rarely cooks, will make this one with confidence. The best part about this meal, is that even my pickiest eater loves it. We have some individuals who can eat cheese and they like to sprinkle cheddar on top. Some of us who like things spicy, sprinkle cayenne pepper to give it an extra kick.
Zippy Beefy Mac
This recipe is so easy and quick that it has become almost a weekly meal at our home. It’s a fast and versatile meal that all of the kids will love. We sometimes use whole wheat noodles for a heartier option. You can also substitute ground turkey for ground beef and it still passes the family test.
- 1 1/2 cup uncooked macaroni We use DeCecco or American Beauty
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 14 oz can stewed tomatoes
- 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper (optional)
Cook pasta as directed. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef and drain fat.
Using a food processor or blender, chop stewed tomatoes into small pieces. Add chopped stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, and salt.
Drain cooked elbow noodles and and add to ground beef. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 8 minutes or until heated through.
Add pepper if desired, and serve hot.
*Ground red pepper can be added for a bit of heat if desired.
*Cheddar cheese can be sprinkled over each serving for those without dairy restrictions, or as a cheese substitutes such as Vegan Gourmet cheddar cheese (soy based) can be used if desired.
This is one of our family favorites. I have a dairy & egg allergy from childhood and my mom used to always pack this in ziploc baggies if we were going somewhere that was serving food. We add frozen corn and a can of black olives as well ~ and call it cowboy macaroni 😉
I never would have thought of taking it somewhere in a ziploc bag. I love that idea. It is so quick to make, that I could see that being something you could whip up and take with you. I also love the idea of adding corn and olives. My son loves both. We’ll have to try it. Thank you for sharing!