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poverty meal

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Cindi Marie Bauer
Marshfield, WI

This is a quick, cheap, easy meal to prepare, plus it's also very good! I especially enjoyed this topped with grated parmesan cheese. You can serve it without the cheese, then it reminds me of Goulash. I came across this recipe back in 2009 at Recipezaar, which Malriha originally posted the recipe. This is a very popular recipe, as it already has over 500 reviews.

(1 rating)
yield 4 - 5
method Stove Top

Ingredients For poverty meal

  • 1 tablesp.
    vegetable oil
  • 1 lb.
    ground beef
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves
    garlic, minced
  • salt
    season to taste (see *note)
  • pepper
    season to taste (see *note)
  • 2
    (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups
  • 8 ounces
    elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • Garnish:
    the dish with kraft grated parmesan cheese

How To Make poverty meal

  • 1
    In a large deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil. (I used my chicken fryer when preparing this meal.)
  • 2
    Add the ground beef, and cook until the meat has browned 3/4's of the way.
  • 3
    Now add the onion and garlic, and finish browning the meat and onion. Drain off any excess grease.
  • 4
    Season meat and onion with the salt and pepper.
  • 5
    Now add the stewed tomatoes, the can of water, and the uncooked macaroni. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to almost a simmer. Cook and stir occasionally for 15 to 20 minutes, until the macaroni is cooked through. (Do not cover the skillet while cooking this dish.)
  • 6
    Once cooked, serve immediately, and sprinkle each serving with the parmesan cheese.
  • 7
    *Note: If desired, you can substitute Lawry's Seasoned Salt for the table salt, and substitute Lawry's Seasoned Black Pepper for the black pepper.