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This was tasty and easy to make. We used venison burger instead of beef and it was really good...

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Jason & Alison November 11, 2009

Very good. Even my picky daughters loved it

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annmariekorpal November 08, 2009

This ended up better than I thought! I added some basil, a little Trader Joe's Puttanesca pasta sauce, and chili powder (and lots of parmesan on each serving) and now I can eat it for entire week! You weren't kidding about it lasting for leftovers!!

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linzee November 05, 2009

Exactly how I remember it! However, to bulk it up, I added kidney beans. This increased the protein without added fat. (I doubled the recipe but only used 1 lb of meat) KIDS LOVED IT! Thanks for recovering one of my favorite recipes from my childhood!

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rnmommy02 October 29, 2009

Loved the recipe. Added some herbs and parmesan. Next time will add some tomato paste. A tip: We cooked the pasta separately and made the sauce without the water. Then froze the sauce and pasta separately. Super easy to just defrost in the fridge, toss in a baking dish and into the oven until hot. Added some cheese, too. :-)

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H-i-l-d-e October 27, 2009

Good, basic, one-pot recipe for busy weeknight dinners. I must confess that this recipe is just a guide for me as I find it a bit bland the way it is. I add a few more seasonings, usually, french and spanish thyme, and Trinidad seasoning peppers. I also try to include some vegetables like sweet peppers, fresh mushrooms and frozen peas and carrots. Finally I tend to add two tbspoons sugar and first caramelize the beef with the garlic and onions. The recipe says drain the beef after cooking but I keep the juices after caramelization for added flavour. The recipe is unclear about if to keep or toss the water from the stewed tomatoes. I use only one tin of tomatoes and keep the tomato sauce. The sugar from the caramelizing process conteracts the acidity of the sauce from the stewed tomatos which I also add to the pot.

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WizzyTheStick March 07, 2007

Well the price of ground chuck these days, I wouldn't call it a poverty meal!. We've all made this type of casserole before, though this is the first time I actually did it by following instructions.....The only thing I did different was I used stewed tomatoes with green chilies, didn't find it bland at all! We all enjoyed it Thank You Kari!

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lets.eat August 01, 2005

I only gave it a 3 star rating because a REAL poverty meal would most likely come from ingredients obtained at a local food bank and in 30 years I have never seen olive oil at any food bank, everything else I've either obtained at or have right now in the cupboard from a local food bank. All I add is ground garlic, if I have no fresh, the salt and pepper(preferably crushed red), a little dried oregano and a small bay leaf.

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chefbobby451 April 15, 2016

Yeah, this is really good and easy. I'd suggest you cover it after you add the macaroni, though, or it will never cook correctly.

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Bruce Y. April 15, 2016

I've been making a dish similar to this for decades and calling it Beefaroni. I add 1 Tblsp. Italian seasoning, 3 Tblsp. Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tsp. red pepper flakes. It gets even BETTER if you add 1 diced green pepper and a cup of spaghetti sauce!

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bulruq April 15, 2016
Poverty Meal