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
  • 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.

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