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Homemade Beefaroni (Hearty 30 minute meal!)

Beefaroni is a hearty, meaty, and saucy comfort food dish that is a new take on a classic recipe. In less than 30 minutes, you will have a meal that the whole family will love!

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There is a lot you can do with macaroni and beef!

Some of my favorite pasta dishes start with these two ingredients and there are so many different ways to elevate and customize them.

My most favorite is this family Beefaroni recipe. I’ve been enjoying this homemade version for most of my life and it’s comfort food at its finest!

As an adult, I can honestly say I make it at least twice a month. After the initial serving, I portion out any leftovers and hide them way back in the fridge.

I love it for breakfast the next morning or meal prep style lunch options.

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Reasons to make this Beefaroni Recipe

  • Versatile – Ground beef isn’t usually packaged at exactly 1 pound in the store, but most recipes call for exactly that. You can use anywhere between 0.75 to 1.75 pounds of ground beef for this recipe without drastically changing the other volumes.
  • Budget friendly – Ground beef is one of the cheaper meats you can buy, especially when it’s on sale. Add a box of pasta and the few other ingredients you need to make this homemade beefaroni and you’ve got yourself a fairly cheap dinner!
  • Delicious – You can’t go wrong with pasta and ground beef mixed with a delicious sauce. This is a recipe that both kids and adults alike will want over and over again!
  • 30 minute meal – I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough easy dinners- especially on busy weeknights. This beefaroni casserole is ready in only 30 minutes from start to finish!

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Ingredients Needed

Ground Beef – I like to use lean ground beef (93/7) but use what you have. You can also use ground turkey, chicken or pork.

Veggies – The basic aromatics like onion, celery, bell pepper and carrots make this homemade beefaroni extra hearty. Other veggies can be swapped in- this is a great way to use up odds an ends from the vegetable crisper.

Tomatoes – A combination of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste will be the base for this aromatic sauce.

Spices – Oregano, garlic, and bay leaves provide all the flavor we need. You can also add salt and pepper to taste.

Red wine – To really send this gourmet beefaroni recipe over the top, I like to add red wine to the sauce for a robust flavor.

Pasta – Traditionally, this recipe called for macaroni noodles. However, you can use any that you’d like. Just make sure it’s cooked to al dente.

Cheese – I like to add a little freshly shredded parmesan cheese to the top (along with some parsley for color) to really finish it off.

How to make Beefaroni from scratch

ONE: Cook the pasta “al dente” in salted water. In a large dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat, drain fat if desired.

TWO: Once you have browned the meat, add the onion, carrot, celery, bell pepper, and spices until soft.

THREE: Add the crushed tomatoes, paste, and wine. Stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes.

FOUR: Toss in the pasta and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with parsley if desired, and serve warm.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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FAQs

How long does it last?

If you happen to have any leftovers you can store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. They are great for lunch and can even head to school with your kiddo cold or in a Thermos.

Can you freeze it?

Yes, you can! If you are planning on freezing, I would leave the pasta out of the beefaroni. It will turn mushy when frozen.

Store it in a freezer/oven safe casserole dish, wrap tightly, and freeze for up to 3 months.

How do I reheat it?

Defrost the Beefaroni, heat in a 375F oven until warmed through, then stir in cooked pasta and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.

What can I add to Beefaroni?

Beefaroni is very versatile so you can add lots of things to it. Need more veggies? Add in your favorites while cooking the aromatics.

My husband loves it when I toss in some mushrooms and fresh spinach!

You can also add more/different spices! I love a pinch of chipotle or chili powder for added smokiness. Crushed red pepper flakes and Aleppo are also fun spicy additions.

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Tips for No Leftovers

  • If you don’t have crushed tomatoes, you can substitute tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. As long as you have a tomato base, you are good to go.
  • You can substitute diced tomatoes for the crushed.
  • Don’t want to use beef? Make it with ground turkey or chicken, or even a blend!
  • Elbow macaroni is fine but I like to make mine with mini shells, Cavatappi, or rotini. I do like pasta with lots of nooks and crannies for the sauce and ground meat to hide in and cling to.
  • Substitute Italian seasoning for the individual spices listed. If you have bay leaves, use them in addition to the spice mix.
  • Toss in additional veggies if you want more.

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If you ate Chef Boyardee Beefaroni as a kid, you will love this homemade grown up version that is a favorite in our family!

Easy Ground Beef Recipes

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Beefaroni

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Beefaroni is a HEARTY, MEATY, SAUCY, comfort food dish that is a new take on a classic recipe. In LESS THAN 30 MINUTES, you will have a meal that the whole family will love!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 1-2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 8 ounces macaroni noodles cooked al dente
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • Parsley and Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta "al dente" in salted water. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large dutch oven, brown ground beef over medium heat, drain fat if desired.
  3. Once you have browned the meat, add the onion, carrot, celery, bell pepper, and spices until soft.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, paste, and wine.
  5. Stir to combine and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Toss in the pasta and stir to combine.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with parsley if desired, and serve warm.

Notes

  • If you don't have crushed tomatoes, you can substitute tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. As long as you have a tomato base, you are good to go.
  • You can substitute diced tomatoes for the crushed.
  • Don't want to use beef? Make it with ground turkey or chicken, or even a blend!
  • Elbow macaroni is fine but I like to make mine with mini shells, Cavatappi, or rotini. I do like pasta with lots of nooks and crannies for the sauce and ground meat to hide in and cling to.
  • Substitute Italian seasoning for the individual spices listed. If you have bay leaves, use them in addition to the spice mix.
  • Toss in additional veggies if you want more.
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    This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. Read my disclosure policy here.

    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 cup
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 288Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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