Homemade Beefaroni – Hearty 30 minute meal!

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!

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If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

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

Some of my favorite pasta dishes start with these two ingredients and there is so many different ways to elevate 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 it’s finest!

Ad 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!

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The best thing about this recipe is that it is very versatile.

Ground beef itself is a staple for a lot of recipes, but have you noticed that most of them call for 1 pound of it?

I don’t know about you but when I got to the store and shop for ground beef, none of the packages are exactly one pound.

Unless you spring for the fancy vacuum sealed stuff, which I can’t always afford, you get the ground beef packaged in the store’s meat department.

They are 1.27 or 1.43 pounds, but never exactly 1 pound. More often than not, they are closer to 1.5 pounds.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to weigh out my beef!

That’s great for this beefaroni recipe, because you can use anywhere between 0.75 to 1.75 pounds of ground beef without drastically changing it.

That’s why you will love this delicious, budget friendly, 30 minute meal as much as I do.

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What is beefaroni made of?

Why is this dish so good? Because it is made from simple yet delicious ingredients.

Ingredients

  • ground beef
  • cooked macaroni noodles
  • aromatic veggies – onion, celery, & carrots
  • red bell pepper
  • tomatoes
  • spices

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How to make Beefaroni from scratch

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

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

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

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

beefaroni in a orange pan

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.

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.

a fork full of beefaroni over a full bowl

Tips for No Leftovers

  • If you don’t have crushed tomatoes, you can substitute tomato sauce for the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste.
  • You can substitute diced tomatoes for the crushed ones.
  • Don’t want to use beef? Make it with ground turkey or chicken.
  • Elbow macaroni is fine but I like to make mine with mini shells, Cavatappi, or rotini.
  • 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.

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

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Homemade Beefaroni Recipe

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Beefaroni

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

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

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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

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3 Comments

  1. I made this for a family birthday dinner, and everyone loved it. Perfect comfort food.

  2. I love being able to make my own from scratch version of this! The whole family loved it, thanks!

  3. This was a great recipe, loved it and it reminded me of something my Mom used to make us as kids!

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