Macaroni and Beef Pasta Dish

American Classic, Macaroni and Beef

Looking for a dish to feed a crowd, hungry teenagers, or just want to make sure you have leftovers? Try this American classic, a goulash of sorts. We call it what it is, Macaroni and Beef, and depending on where you live, you might have another name for it, like American Chop Suey. I kind of like the sound of that, so I just may have to put that title in my vocabulary.

It’s kind of like homemade Hamburger Helper

Have you made Hamburger Helper? Yeah, we probably all have at one time or another. This recipe is a homemade version of Hamburger Helper. The boxed meal deal is super convenient and cheap, but it never makes enough for a good amount of  leftovers. I like having leftovers for lunches, but this week my son will be home for spring break, so leftovers will be for his midnight snacking.

macaroni and beef pasta dish in a white rimmed bowl.

Macaroni and Beef Pasta Dish

An American classic hamburger dish the whole family will love. This is a great meal to serve a crowd.
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Course: Uncategorized
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 -8
Calories: 448kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 lb large elbow macaroni


  • In a large pot over medium high heat warm oil and add onion, cooking until softened.
  • Add beef, sausage, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, red pepper, and salt and pepper. Cook, until lightly browned, about five minutes.
  • Add whole tomatoes with he juice, breaking up the tomatoes. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered for about an hour.
  • While the sauce is cooking, cook pasta, reducing the cooking time by a couple of minutes. Drain pasta, and rinse with cold water.
  • Stir the macaroni and sauce sauce together. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, and cook everything for another 10 minutes. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 853mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g


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adapted from here.


A sprinkle of shaved parmesan cheese gives it just the right amount of cheesy deliciousness as it slowly melts onto the pasta.

Individual serving bowls makes this dish feel extra special 😉

Today it finally feels like SPRING!! The sun is bright and I have a bounce in my step. Hope you have an amazing weekend.



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  1. My grandmother used to make this and so my Dad would make it for us growing up. My mom always rolled her eyes since it wasn’t a true Italian (or in her case, Sicilian) dish but I remember loving when it was on the dinner table.
    I’ll try your recipe for my family…I know they’ll love it too! Thanks for sharing. 🙂