Like many of my favorite recipes, this Homemade Beefaroni has a special connection. It came from my Grandmother and when I was growing up we visited my Grandma’s house all the time. We were lucky because she only lived down the street from us.
Grandma Zub, Lottie was her first name, but we always referred to her by her last name. She was a very loving person who provided us with many things, one of which were great meals. I always thought of her as a gourmet chef. One of my favorite meals that she made, she called Beefaroni.
Ingredients for Beefaroni
- Egg noodles
- Ground Beef
- Cream of Tomato Soup
Step 1 To Make Beefaroni From Scratch:
Start by preparing a 12 ounce bag of egg noodles.
Step 2 For Homemade Beefaroni:
Brown 1 pound of hamburger. Don’t use the leanest blend or it will be too dry. We like to use a blend of 80% lean and 20% fat.
Unfortunately my Grandma passed away many years ago and this meal was lost to me, until one day when I wanted to make it for our kids. So, I called my mother and asked her if she remembered when Grandma used to make this for us. She of course remember and asked why. I told her that I wanted to try and make it and asked her for the recipe.
Step 3 For Making Beefaroni at Home:
Add a family size can of Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup. If you don’t have a family size can, use two regular sized cans.
I was ready with a pencil and paper ready to take down every ingredient. Mom laughed at the idea that I was so excited for this recipe.
Step 4 To Make Beefaroni:
Return the drained egg noodles tot the pan ground beef and tomato soup mixture and stir it up!
I was hoping that I could recreate my childhood memories for my children. She took a deep breath and began the list. “1 pound of ground beef” she said. Quickly I jotted this down. “OK” I said, as if I was a reporter of a newspaper getting an exclusive story. “Next,” she said, “One family sized can of Campbell’s tomato soup”. “Interesting,” I responded. “What next?” I asked. “That’s it,” she stated. “That’s it?” I responded, puzzled.
What I found out from my mom was that my Grandmother cooked for convenience. That gourmet chef was more like Rachel Ray before Rachel Ray was even born. Grandma liked to make easy meals for her family.
She had 8 children to care for. The last thing that she wanted to do was to spend the entire day in the kitchen. So this Beefaroni recipe was created for this purpose.
3 simple ingredients for this beefaroni
PS: You may also like our Patty Melt recipe, another ground beef favorite in our house!
Step 5 For Homemade Beefaroni:
Be sure to make enough for leftovers!
More kid-friendly recipes you might enjoy:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 26 oz Tomato soup 1 family size can
- 12 oz Egg noodles
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Brown ground beef in a skillet, season to taste with salt and pepper, and drain excess grease from pan.
- Add can of tomato soup to the cooked ground beef.
- In a pot boil water and cook egg noodles according to directions on packaging.
- Drain egg noodles when cooked and add to beef and tomato soup mixture.
- Stir to combine.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese.
Serve some brown and serve rolls with this. You can cook them in the oven at the same time you are putting together the beef-a-Roni.
Updated from original post of January 20, 2014