My husband and I love some Beefaroni. Whenever I have it, I am reminded of my childhood days when my mom used to open up a few cans of Chef Boyardee Beefaroni for us kids every once in a while. Us kids used to love singing that Beefaroni commercial too. So cute, LOL!
So whenever we go away on mini vacations, staying in a hotel room. We usually tote a tiny crock-pot and a few cans of Beefaroni. Our hotel room smells so delicious as we lay around the room and heat some up for lunch before heading out the door to enjoy the night life.
But I tell you, the homemade version is way, way better and much more tastier. We love cooking up a batch for suppers and so we used to make it with ground beef but lately we changed to ground turkey. So here’s the simple recipe, it’s really delicious.
(made on stove top or crock-pot)
1- 45 oz large jar of Spaghetti Sauce (with meat sauce or garlic & peppers sauce)
1 16 oz box of zitti or 1- 16oz box of elbow macaroni (pasta)
1 lb ground turkey (browned) or precooked ground beef meat crumbles
1 small yellow onion (chopped)
1 half green pepper (chopped)
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon of basil
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon of black pepper
½ gallon of water
2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1-2 cups of water
1 crock-pot or
1 large 6-8 quart pot
1- 4 quart pot
1 Large size skillet
1 large spoon & ladle
small cutting board
large sieve or strainer
Directions for Crock-pot:
Turn crock to high. Let crock get hot. Than add hot boiling water to crock, add pasta, salt and oil, stir and cover. Let simmer for about five minutes.
Then strain water off pasta, set pasta aside.
Brown onions, green pepper and ground turkey in a little oil in hot crock.
Then add the pre cooked ground meat, spices, sugar, salt, pepper and spaghetti sauce then stir and add the strained pasta. Next add one cup of hot water, stir, cover and let cook on high for 2 to 3 hours. Then serve in bowls. Enough for 6-8 servings.
Directions for stove top:
Bring pot of water to boil, add salt and a little oil. Add pasta and allow to cook for 3-5 minutes. Stirring often so pasta do not stick together. Strain and set aside the pasta.
Next put 1-2 Tablespoons of oil in skillet, brown the onions, green pepper lightly first, then add ground meat to continue to brown. Mix well then set aside.
In large pot add the spaghetti sauce, 1 cup of water, sugar, salt, pepper and spices, stir then add meat and pasta. Let cook on medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. You may have to add another cup of water because as the pasta expands as it soaks up the water and gets kind of thick. So add a little more water as needed. Bring back to a boil. Then serve in bowls. Enough for 6- 8 servings.
You may add a cup of shredded colby cheese or any kind of cheese you prefer as well. I am thinking to be creative and next time make it with turkey sausage chunks and to make it a little hot by adding some hot pepper. Oh gosh how I love my food spicy and hot.