Poverty Meal

Cindi Bauer


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 vote
4 - 5
Stove Top


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

How to Make Poverty Meal


  • 1In a large deep skillet, heat the vegetable oil.
    (I used my chicken fryer when preparing this meal.)
  • 2Add the ground beef, and cook until the meat has browned 3/4's of the way.
  • 3Now add the onion and garlic, and finish browning the meat and onion. Drain off any excess grease.
  • 4Season meat and onion with the salt and pepper.
  • 5Now 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.)
  • 6Once 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.

Printable Recipe Card