Saturday, January 3, 2009

Beefy Macaroni

This is a super easy, super cheap, and super tasty meal. It's not exactly gourmet, but it's simple and good and that makes it a winner in my book. We had this last night and I do admit I let the kids put ample amounts of Parmesan cheese on top since there are visible vegetables and all. (Still waiting for that day when visible vegetables are embraced by my entire family.)

Beefy Macaroni

2 cups uncooked macaroni
1 lb ground beef
1 yellow onion, chopped fairly small
1 clove garlic, minced
olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Lowry's Seasoning Salt
dash of crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 large can (28 oz) "petite" diced tomatoes (or 2 small, 14.5 oz, cans)
2 Tablespoons worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or about 1 Tablespoon dried parsley)
Parmesan cheese

Cook the macaroni as per the package directions. Drain and set aside.

While macaroni is cooking in a large skillet brown the ground beef in a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir infrequently so that the beef has a chance to brown. Add the chopped onion and cook till only is translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add dash of crushed red pepper, seasoning salt, celery seed, canned tomatoes (not drained), and worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in cooked and drained macaroni and parsley. Mix well and simmer for another 5 - 10 minutes. Serve with Parmesan cheese on top.

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