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frankie’s macaroni casserole

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

This delicious pasta casserole is exactly what comfort food is supposed to be!

yield 5 quarts
prep time 25 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For frankie’s macaroni casserole

  • 2 1/2 c
    elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 c
    red onions, finely chopped
  • 1 c
    celery, finely diced
  • 1 c
    red peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 c
    yellow peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 c
    orange peppers, finely chopped
  • 8 lg
    button mushrooms, washed and sliced
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 3 lg
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 can
    (10 ounces) condensed tomato soup
  • 1 can
    (28 ounces) whole tomatoes such as san marzano, crushed
  • 2 c
    tomato juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar, such as demerara
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    red chili flakes, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp
    hot sauce, such as cholula®
  • 1/2 tsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 6 slice
    processed cheese such as velveeta®
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh chopped parsley

How To Make frankie’s macaroni casserole

  • 1
    In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and sauté until barely soft, about 2 minutes. Add celery and cook for 2 minutes. Add peppers and sauté until almost tender, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and sprinkle with pepper. Cover and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until reduce by half. Remove saucepan from heat and transfer vegetables into a Dutch oven; set aside
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 375ºF. Return saucepan to heat and add ground beef; cook until no longer pink. Just before it’s done, add garlic; sauté for 1 minute. Remove from heat and transfer to a colander. Place drained meat to vegetable; add tomato soup, crushed tomatoes, tomato juice, and seasonings; mix. Cover top with cheese slices and sprinkle with parsley. Transfer into preheated oven; cook for 30 minutes or until heat through. Turn oven to broil and cook until cheese is golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Note: Freeze very well for up to 3 months
  • 4
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