Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

Called 'hot dish' or 'goulash' in my family this was basically a dish that we probably ate weekly when I was growing up. Most likely because it was fast, tasty, filling and well... cheap! lol Feel free to put in 'whatcha got' and leave out 'whatcha dont got'! If you like it spicy try adding some salsa with the tomatoes or add a dash or two of hot sauce on your plate. You can toss in some herbs and spices if you like or just have it as is. This is comfort food to me. Note: I like this better with the pasta cooked separately as it seems to come out more al dente. There is a lot to be said though for LESS dishes so sometimes I cook the pasta as listed below, all in the same pan! Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat skillet then spray well with cooking spray or add a little oil. Toss in chopped onions and let them sweat til they start to turn clear. Add garlic and cook just until it gives off some good aroma.
  2. Add ground beef or turkey and brown well. Drain well. (Later when health was an issue we would brown the meat first, then drain and rinse with water and leave to drain in the strainer in the sink while we cooked the onion and garlic. Then returned the meat to the pan.).
  3. Add everything but cheese leaving the macaroni raw when adding- it cooks in the pan. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender.Top with cheese if you have it and serve!
  4. Note: To make this stretch even more you can make a batch of biscuits or- gulp- open a can- and put them on top. Pop into the oven and bake accordingly.


Most Helpful

My husband & I loved it! We'd had a bad day, and had nothing in mind for dinner. Looked through my cookbook & found this recipe. I only had the mexican tomatoes with chilies and used those. I also seasoned it with cumin and a little chipotle Tabasco. I threw some corn in, and used whole wheat egg noodles. It turned out great! I will definitely be making this again!!!

KC's Mom July 08, 2009

This is similiar to a dish I grew up on that my grandma called "Mush Mash" My grandmothers dish used egg noodles instead of the elbow pasta and she added corn, not kidney beans. I made the recipe exactly as you posted, (I used 1/2 wine and 1/2 water) and will admit that even though I used the kidney beans, I just had to also add a can of corn!..(it's a habit)...The result was a wonderful filling dinner! Thanks again for this wonderful recipe!

ItalianMomof2 December 01, 2008

We just finished eating this for dinner and it was very yummy. I added all the veggies, used ground beef, and added the wine. I had cheese in the fridge, but forgot to add it! It was a little bland to start, so I tweaked it a little by adding a generous sprinkle of cayenne pepper to heat it up a bit. A tasty, economical dish, that will feed us for a while!

Sara 76 September 15, 2008

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