Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a variation on a recipe I found in Quick Cooking magazine, March/April 1998 issue. I've subsituted spaghetti sauce for the original italian seasoned diced tomatoes and sometimes use italian sausage instead of ground beef. Both versions are tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the ground beef or sausage; drain well. Place in a large dutch oven.
  2. Add spaghetti sauce, water, broth and macaroni. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 12-15 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
  3. Stir in vegetables and beans, heat through.
Most Helpful

I add crushed red pepper to taste, cook the garbanzo beans for about five minutes in the microwave before adding, and I add my macaroni last. A few tweaks, but turned out super-delicious. Great to freeze a few batches to keep handy for a quick dinner. Thanks for the great recipe growlieswife!

hbuck July 13, 2009

Nice & easy recipe. Packed with good for you beans & veggies. Our only criticism is that there really isn't any seasonings. We used Newman's Own Spaghetti sauce in caramelized onion & roasted Garlic flavor but that was about the only flavor. Just before serving I added a TBL of dried basil, 1 teaspoon each of thyme & sea salt & 1/2 teaspoon of tarragon. At the table we sprinkled on some Johnny's seasoning salt. I think this recipe is a really convenient one to keep handy but I'll have to do some tweaking on the spices until it's to my family's tastes. Thanks for sharing, growlieswife!

**Tinkerbell** April 30, 2009