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Simple Macaroni and Beef with Cheese

1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon canola oil
salt to taste
optional seasonings: black pepper, oregano, cumin, coriander, chopped garlic, hot smoked paprika, chilli powder—whatever you’re in the mood for (I just used black pepper, garlic and a tablespoon of fish sauce, which gives it depth)
one 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, pureed in the can with a hand blender or in a blender blender
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 box macaroni
1 cup each grated cheddar and mozzarella cheeses

Sweat the onions in the oil with a three-fingered pinch of salt. Add the beef and cook it, breaking it up as you do. (Because my beef was very fatty, I cooked it separately and added it to the pot along with the tomatoes. Also an option, but uses an extra pan.) Add another three-fingered pinch of salt or two, along with any dry seasonings you want. Add the tomatoes and any fresh seasonings you may be using, bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook for an hour.

Cook the macaroni in boiling water till it’s half done. Drain it and add it to the tomatoes. (I wanted this to stretch into two meals, so I used the whole box, but if you want your dish to be very tomatoey and beefy, you might want to add only half the macaroni). Stir it into the sauce. Taste it. Add more salt and other seasonings as needed, and cover. When it’s cooled and the pasta has absorbed the tomato juices, transfer it to a large baking dish and cover it with foil. It can sit out for several hours like this, be refrigerated for up to two days, or frozen a few weeks.

Visit this link to view the full recipe: http://ruhlman.com/2010/05/macaroni-and-beef-with-cheese-%E2%80%94-childhood-love/

This guy knows what’s up! This is one of our most favorite recipes, ever.

Also featured: Better Than Mom’s Mac N Cheese

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6 COMMENTS

  • Steve Clark on February 5, 2014

    when does the cheese get added and does it go in the oven if so what temp and time?

    Reply
  • Linda Cameron on April 21, 2015

    How macaroni in a box? Mine comes in a bag.

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  • Caprice on January 7, 2016

    How is there is no mention of when to add the cheese?

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    • Dad on January 7, 2016

      At the end of this post it links you to the full recipe.

      Reply
  • Liv Rawn on July 17, 2016

    Thanks for this simple but great dish! Its about time we got a man to share a recipe.

    Reply

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