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Homemade Beefaroni

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A classic throwback dish, homemade beefaroni serves up your childhood in every bite.

With easy ingredients, this weeknight dinner is filling for the entire family and may just be your new favorite homecooked meal.

cooked beefaroni recipe being stirred with wooden spoon.

Truly a one-pot wonder, this recipe keeps cleanup easy. Adapt the seasonings to your own family preferences; this casserole dish has layers and layers of flavor with just simple ingredients.

Let’s make dinner!


Beefaroni is one of my childhood favorites! However, now I can skip the can; this homemade version with fresh ingredients will give you plenty of leftover beefaroni for lunch, too.

  • Lean ground beef
  • Chopped green pepper
  • Chopped onion
  • Minced garlic
  • Seasonings: Brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, ground black pepper, Worcestershire sauce
  • Tomato Products: Italian-style diced tomatoes (1 can, 14.5 oz), tomato sauce (2 small cans, 8 oz each)
  • Dry elbow macaroni noodles
  • Beef broth
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional for serving)
stirring up ingredients with a wooden spoon.

Homemade Beefaroni Recipe


Cook Beef Mixture:

  • In a large skillet, combine lean ground beef, green pepper, onion, and minced garlic.
  • Cook over medium-high heat until the beef is browned and the vegetables are tender. Drain excess grease if needed.
ground beef, onions, garlic, and green peppers in a cast iron pan.

Add seasonings and tomato products:

  • Stir in seasonings: brown sugar, Italian seasoning, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add tomato products: diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, and mix well.
all seasonings in a bowl.
pouring canned tomatoes into beef in cast iron pan.

Cook Macaroni:

  • Mix in dry elbow macaroni and beef broth.
  • Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until macaroni is cooked, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
adding chicken broth and dry macaroni noodles to pan.
mixed together all ingredients for homemade beefaroni in a cast iron pan.

Finish with shredded cheese and serve.

  • Remove from heat, top with shredded mozzarella cheese, cover, and let stand until the cheese melts.
  • Optionally, garnish with chopped fresh parsley and some grated cheese (like Parmesan) just before serving.
melted mozzarella cheese on top of beefaroni.

Can I use a different type of pasta?

Yes, feel free to use any short pasta you have on hand. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly. Remember that different pasta sizes and shapes soak up the sauce and taste differently in each recipe. Not all pasta meals will be right for this.

How do I store beefaroni leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently, adding a splash of water or broth if it seems dry.

Can the beefaroni recipe be made ahead?

Absolutely! Prepare the beefaroni, let it cool, and then store it in the fridge. Reheat when you’re ready to serve, adding a little extra cheese on top for that freshly made feel.

Side dishes that go well with this dish: Pressure Cooking Green beans, an easy salad, pea salad . We served ours with green beans and garlic bread.

spoon with beefaroni and cheese with the title homemade beefaroni.
5 from 3 votes

Homemade Beefaroni

Let's whip up a comforting Homemade Beefaroni that's sure to bring smiles around your dinner table. Remember, a larger skillet (11" or 12" recommended) will make stirring and handling easier, especially as this recipe is quite generous. This delicious dish yields approximately 8-10 cups, perfect for a hearty family meal.




  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic


  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • 29 oz. Italian style diced tomatoes 14.5 oz, 2 cans
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce 2 cans of 8 oz.


  • 1-1/2 cups dry elbow macaroni uncooked


  • shredded mozzarella cheese to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley optional for serving


Cook the Beef Mixture:

  • In a large skillet, combine 1lb of lean ground beef, 1/2 cup of chopped green pepper, 1/2 cup of chopped onion, and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the beef is browned and the vegetables are tender. Drain any excess grease if necessary.

Add Flavors:

  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.

Incorporate Tomatoes and Macaroni:

  • Mix in the 14.5 oz can of Italian style diced tomatoes and two 8 oz cans of tomato sauce. Add 1-1/2 cups of dry elbow macaroni and 2 cups of beef broth, stirring well to combine.


  • Cover the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer. Stir occasionally, and cook until the macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes.

Cheese Topping:

  • Remove the skillet from heat and sprinkle the top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover and let it stand for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted beautifully.


  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese if desired, and serve warm.



We recommend serving this with green beans, broccoli, or a side salad. 


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 300kcal

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