Homemade Beef-A-Roni

This is a really good way to get your kids to eat their vegetables.

Put 1 or 2 T. of olive oil in a heavy pot.

I ground more bacon and used it in this recipe but you can skip this step if you are bacon phobic.

I sauteed a couple T. of the ground bacon.

Saute' about 3 cups of assorted diced vegetables. I used celery, onions, red peppers and carrots. Use whichever ones you like.

After a couple minutes, add 1 pound of ground beef.

Add 1 tsp.of thyme, 1 tsp. oregano and some salt and pepper.

Add several diced garlic cloves.

Add 1 cup of tomato sauce.

Stir in 1 cup of grated cheddar.

If you want it to be nice and creamy, add about 1/2 cup of Velveeta.

Turn the heat off and let it sit on the burner covered for 10 minutes.

While the pot is sitting, boil 1 pound of pasta to al dente. Don't overcook the pasta.

Remove the lid and stir to combine the melted cheese. Stir in the cooked pasta along with some chopped fresh parsley.

Yum! The veggies are still a bit crunchy and this is a gazillion times better than store bought.


I bet my grandkids would LOVE this. And sneaking those veggies in is very clever. Thanks for sharing. GREAT idea.
Nellie said…
Oh, yeah! This is real comfort food!
I wasn't going to cook anything today, but I'm making this. It's cold and windy and this is perfect comfort food.

For anyone who has not tried the ground bacon. It is fabulous to keep on hand. I made another batch yesterday.
Barbara F. said…
I'd eat this right out of the pot! :) xo
Pricilla said…
I don't understand the term "bacon phobic."
Anonymous said…
I bet the blog tech loves this one, Velveeta makes everything better, we love Velveeta cheese here!This sounds really good.
Anonymous said…
Nice :-)
My kind of food :-) If I hadn't start to fry some hotdogs I would have made this today :-)

Have a great day!
LindaG said…
Sounds like a good recipe. Bookmarked it for future reference!
Guillaume said…
It's a bit like Québec's "macaroni à la viande".
luckybunny said…
Oh man that looks sooo good. I want a bowl of that right now!

We are getting snow now - it picked up about noon. It's really coming down but so far we are not buried, just tucked away by the fire :) Hope you don't get too much snow!
Barb said…
I think this might even work on husbands!!
Ina in Alaska said…
Looks very tasty!

My sister's chow chow Roxy has the same visiting dog policy as your Teddy: if you arrive, you must prepare to die. It made my sister sad but because Roxy is a poor hostess, she could not take Halle when my mom's knees got bad & she made the hard decision to let me bring Halle to AK. my sister is as crazy about Halle as I am but it would not have worked out with Roxy.