Like many of my favorite things to eat, this beefaroni holds a special connection to me. It comes 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.
We were seven kids, growing up in a tiny house in inner-city Detroit. We didn’t have any money but we were never short of love or food. My grandma gave us both of those things, as much as our hearts and stomach could hold. This beefaroni is simple but it tastes as good today as it did way back then.
Our kids love this meal. As a bonus, every time they make this recipe, it’s almost like my long-departed grandma is giving them a great big hug. It can’t get any better than that.
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 was great meals.
I always thought of her as a gourmet chef and one of my favorite meals that she made, she called beefaroni. If we were ever at her house and knew she was making this meal, we would always invite ourselves to stay for diner. Grandma never said no.
This beefaroni recipe is a lot like the lady my grandma was. Simple, comforting, and as delicious as she was loving.
The recipe I am sharing with you is simple with just three ingredients. Again, like the lady behind it, you can dress it up with some additions if you like. Either way, it is a surprisingly good meal. Many people who first see this recipe discount it as a kids’ meal. It’s true that kids love this recipe but I think you’ll be surprised at how much you will like it too!
How To Make Beefaroni
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 remembered and asked why I was wondering. I told her that I wanted to try and make it and asked her how to make beefaroni. I was ready with a pencil and paper ready to take down every ingredient. Mom laughed at the idea that I was so excited about this recipe.
I was hoping that I could recreate my childhood memories for my children. She took a deep breath and began the list. “One pound of ground beef,” she said. Quickly I jotted this down.
“OK,” I responded 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.
Start by preparing a 12-ounce bag of egg noodles.
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.
Add a family size can of Campbell’s Cream of Tomato Soup. If you don’t have a family size can you can use two regular-sized cans.
Return the drained egg noodles tot the pan ground beef and tomato soup mixture and stir it up!
I learned from my mom that Grandmother cooked for convenience. That gourmet chef was more like Rachel Ray before Rachel Ray was even born. Grandma liked to make easy family meals.
She had eight children to care for. The last thing that she wanted to do was to spend the entire day in the kitchen. So, this quick family recipe was created for this purpose.
Beefaroni, “Dressed Up”
If you want to add a little flair to this easy family recipe, toss in some of the following!
- Diced tomatoes
- Shredded cheese
- Diced onion
- Diced bell pepper
- Italian seasoning
- Fresh basil
You can also finish this off in the oven, for a beefaroni casserole. Just place it in an oven-safe skillet or casserole dish, then bake it at 350° for 30 minutes.
This simple meal idea may sound like a kids recipe to you but adults love it as well. Do you self a favor one of these evenings and try it. I can’t wait to hear how you like it!
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- 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.
- Serve with a vegetable of choice, our kids like corn or green beans with this.
- Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese.
- Serve some dinner rolls with this.
- You can cook them in the oven at the same time you are putting together the beef-a-Roni.
Updated from the original post of January 20, 2014