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Recipes Using Macaroni

Macaroni is a popular shape of pasta, most famously used in the classic macaroni and cheese. But these little elbows can be used in all sorts of casseroles, salads and one pot meals.
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I have no idea why this is called "creole", since it is very mild. It's good, plain home cooking, which I consider some of the best. It's all in one pan, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (20 oz.) can tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 cups butter beans, drained thoroughly
  • 2 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 cup corn (optional)

Directions:

In a large skillet, saute the onion, garlic, and pepper in bacon fat. When the onion is translucent, add the ground meat, breaking it up as you cook it, and brown it well. Add the rest of the ingredients, and simmer 15 minutes, or until heated through and cooked down until it isn't soupy.

Servings: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes

Source: Many years ago, my mother, Vicy, found this recipe on, of all places, a matchbook! It became a family favorite. I often add in more veggies, like sliced zucchini. It really stretches the ground beef, though I've also been know to add in a whole pound.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can cream corn
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup macaroni
  • 2 cups Velveeta cheese
  • diced onion
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in covered dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes with lid and then 30 minutes without lid.

By Robin from Washington, Ia

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November 1, 2011

This recipe is fast, easy to make and delicious, especially great for those of you who have young children to feed and are pressed for time. The adults in our family like it as well.

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Sweet valentine dessert for everyone! Make this recipe for your special someone. Easy to prepare at home, it makes your tummy full and satisfies a taste for chocolates!

Choco Macaroni Dessert on plate

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This is an economical recipe for those who need an inexpensive meal. First put on water to boil for 16 oz package of macaroni. Put one cup of celery and one medium onion in food processor to cut up. Saute in olive oil until soft.

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A friend of mine feeds this to her kids who say it is one of their favourite meals. She'll make it when she doesn't have much time or doesn't feel like cooking. Costs less than $2 and can feed up to 6 people.

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Easy to make and delicious!

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February 4, 2010

Brown onion with suet in large skillet. Add ground beef and cook until meat crumbles. Add macaroni, beef broth, and tomatoes.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook macaroni and cheese according to directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine bread crumbs, and paprika; set aside. In another bowl stir together salt, garam masala, black pepper, cayenne, and turmeric; set aside.

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May 27, 2004

A quick and tasty recipe.

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Brown the hamburger and drain. Mix the hamburger and all of the other ingredients together, except for the cheese. Pour into a 9x13 inch pan. Top with the cheese and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

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Reserving several pepperoni slices for garnish, combine remaining pepperoni, tomatoes, soup, uncooked macaroni, 1 cup cheese and water in a large bowl. Pour into a 2 qt. baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese on top.

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February 28, 2008

I am looking for macaroni dishes, macaroni salads, etc. Nice spring time meals.

Colleen from Oklahoma City, OK

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February 28, 20080 found this helpful
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You can do anything with macaroni.

On its own with olive oil and basil and oregano.

With a fresh seasonal veggie.

Sprinkle some fresh ground pepper and grated parmesan or romano on it.

Google "pasta primavera" for some nice veggie, springtime pasta dishes and use macaroni instead of whatever pasta the recipe calls for.

Have fun!

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February 29, 20080 found this helpful
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My family loves my "Italian Pasta Salad".

Pasta: Any kind, 1 box
Chicken: Anything leftover or boneless Chicken breast cooked in the microwave and cut into small chunks or small torn pieces.

Cucumber: Peeled and cut into small cubes.
Tomato: Whatever type you have on hand. Also cut into small cubes.

Black olives: Optional. Drained and sliced.
A small bottle of Italian Dressing: use enough to coat everything

Throw everything together in a bowl! Quick meal and great for picnics. Also, tastes great the next day.
Garlic powder, salt and pepper added to taste only if needed.

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By MELISSA (Guest Post)
March 1, 20080 found this helpful
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Hi,
here are three recipes we use all the time.Hope you enjoy:

Italian cheddar bake
2 boxes of mac n cheese dinners
1 lb of ground hamburger or ground turkey
1 large can of diced tomatoes
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

Make mac n cheese like box says. Brown your meat,add tomatoes. Mix all together in a casserole dish(13x9) and top with cheese. Bake at 350 just until bubbly and cheese is melted. 20 Mins or so

easy lasagna
1 lb of hamburger or ground turkey
2 boxes of mac n cheese
1 jar or can of spaghetti sauce
1 bag of mozzarella cheese

Brown meat.Add sauce.Make mac n cheese.Layer in a casserol dish the mac n cheese, sauce mixture and a layer of cheese, repeat. Bake at 350 until bubbly and cheese is melted.

macaroni salad.
1 Lb box of macaroni
1 jar of sandwich spread
1 onion cut up
1 bell pepper cut up
1 cucumber cut up
diced ham
2 tbl spoons of mayo

Make macaroni according to directions.When done drain,add sandwich spread and mayo. Mix well.Add onions, bell peppers, and cucumber and ham cubes. Mix well.Serve warm or chilled.

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My mom, who is 85, and I were talking about food that you remember making and/or eating. She recalled one macaroni loaf from the 60s or 70s. It was easy, quick, and cheap to make. It had Campbell's vegetable soup and a cheese sauce over it.

By Donna Swaile from Port Hardy, BC

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July 16, 20140 found this helpful
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www.food.com/.../baked-macaroni-cheese-loaf-355016

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Years ago, my grandfather used to make a dish that he called "Fried Macaroni". All I can remember is that he used macaroni, wheat germ, and sugar. And it was fried, at least at the end of the recipe. Does anyone know of a recipe that sounds like this at all?



Dani from OH

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By Wayne (Guest Post)
March 1, 20090 found this helpful

You can bake the mac and cheese in a flat pan. When cool, cut into squares, dip each square in beaten egg, then bread crumbs and the deep fry. That is how I do it. Hope that helps. Good luck.

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March 1, 20090 found this helpful

My mom used to make something similiar, I think.

After the macaroni was cooked, she put it in a frying pan with some oil, breadcrumbs and onions (and I guess whatever else you'd like) and fry it lightly till the breadcrumbs coated the macaroni.
It's really good!

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March 4, 2012

An American favorite that can be made with a delicious variety of ingredients with your cheese and macaroni. This page contains macaroni and cheese recipes.

Macaroni and Cheese Recipes

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August 19, 2013

This page contains fried macaroni and cheese balls recipes. You can use up leftover mac and cheese to make these delicious fried snacks.

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