One Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni

April 10, 2013

I love meals like this. LOVE them. Meat. Cheese.Veggies.Pasta. All in one dish.

Scoop it to serve. You are done.

This meal was unbelievably easy to make. It tasted great, was very filling and it makes a huge amount. You could seriously serve about 10 people with it.  

We ate it for dinner and then, Mr Plain brought leftovers to lunch for two days.  It's alot!  Alot. If you need to serve a big crowd..this is your dish.

This recipe comes from a lovely cookbook that Mr Plain purchased for me, The Mom 100 Cookbook by Katie Workman  It's a great resource of recipes for families with or without kids.  Heck..even if you cook for's a great find.

Give this one a try and feed your family for a few days :)

One Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni

Published 04/10/13


  • 2 lbs ground beef ( or turkey)
  • 1 TBSP canola oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 3/4 cup peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2-28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 cups uncooked elbow noodles
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups water


  1. In a very large skillet(it will need a lid), brown meat until no longer pink. Drain.
  2. Leave meat in strainer for now. In skillet, over medium heat, add onion, peppers and carrots. Cook until tender. Return meat back to skillet.
  3. Add basil, garlic, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder,tomatoes and water. Increase heat and simmer.
  4. Stir in elbow macaroni and cover. Reduce heat and cook until pasta is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  5. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and cook with cover on until cheese is melted.
Yield: Serves: 10-12
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 60 mins.


  1. Yum! This looks so incredibly delicious. I want some right now...although I should probably have breakfast first. :)

  2. These are totally my kind of meals, too. I used to make Hamburger Helper ALL. THE. TIME. and it was a favorite, for sure. I can only imagine how much better this must be with all the fresh ingredients and actual cheese!

    Thanks for linking up to What's Cookin' Wednesday!

  3. Can this be correct? A 2-Oz can crushed tomatoes?

    1. Oops! Thanks for's 2-28oz cans! It's corrected.

  4. This looks great! Simple and filling! I am adding this to my menu next week:)


  5. Ah this looks so good, certainly my kind of dinner. Anything loaded with cheese is a winner with my family

    1. Thank you Tash..we are cheese lovers too :)

  6. This looks like something we would really enjoy - saving! :)

    1. Thank you Rebekah! Hope you enjoy it!

  7. You can never have enough recipes that allow you to prepare a fast, easy, and delicious family meal! Only one pot to clean is an added bonus. This looks so flavorful and satisfying. Thanks!

  8. The picture looks really good! I may cut the canned tomatoes in half though.

    1. Thank you Shiloh! It's yummy..let me know how it works out with 1/2 the tomatoes :)

  9. Hi Erin,
    This is a dish that our family would really enjoy, it is easy and full of flavor, a real comfort dish. Thank you very much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks for hosting and visiting Miz Helen..have a good week!

  10. Looks delicious, Erin! And I love one-pot/skillet dishes- pinned to make soon :-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party !

  11. Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!