That Macaroni Stuff

How many of you remember dishes from the elementary school lunch room? Now I'm not talking about the sent in, pre-cooked stuff they serve to our kids today. I remember the lunch ladies with their white uniforms and hair nets, cooking everything up from scratch. We ate off of china and used real silverware. No plasticware with these ladies.

 They used to make the best yeast rolls... 
They were gigantic and you got two for a quarter! 

Every other Friday was pizza day and you got one square slice for $.50 but it was so large, the edges of the slice hung off the dinner plate!
This dish was always a winner with my kids growing up ( they make it for their kiddos now!) You'll find similar recipes to this one under many names, but we always just called it "That macaroni stuff" lol

1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion
bell pepper
2 cans tomato soup
 6 oz. cooked elbow macaroni
Sprinkle of garlic powder (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Place chopped onion, bell pepper, and ground beef in a large skillet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook until the ground beef is well done. Drain off any excess fat.
Cook elbow macaroni in water for nine minutes. Drain, but do not rinse.
Add both cans of tomato soup to the cooked beef mixture. Drain the noodles and add to the mix. Add seasoning and stir well to mix the flavors.This is a dish that tastes even better the next day!

*you could use tomato sauce instead of tomato soup, but I prefer it in this dish.

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  1. I always love a good macaroni dish. This is one of my favorite.s

  2. Those were the days! That pizza was everything. :)

  3. Haha, I think every family has a recipe like this! We call it "hamburg tomato stuff!" :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Why didn't this recipe ever have a real name!!! lol

  4. I think they used to call this Johnny Marzetti when they had it in school cafeteria. I loved it.

  5. I grew up with that macaroni stuff. My mom called it goulash, but I know it's not what most people would call goulash. I still make it once in awhile. Bob loves it -- his mom made it too.

    1. My husband's family called it goulash, but I'm with you, I think goulash isn't this simple!

  6. I would have liked to attend your school! Thanks for sharing your post with us at Creatively Crafty #CCBG

  7. We called it goulash but we used canned tomatoes instead of the soup. Ah, the lunch ladies - and still we hated a lot of the food, but the cinnamon rolls used to make up for it!!

    Thanks for sharing with us at throwback thursday!


  8. Perfect comfort food! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday! Pinned and shared!

  9. Suzy, I don't know that we had everything made from scratch at my school, but I think a lot of it was and I always enjoyed what the lunch ladies made, so many great meals! Anyway, That Macaroni Stuff recipe sounds delicious, so neat that your kids now make it for their kids! Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

    1. Thanks Keri for your comment. Kids used to complain about the food, but it was much better than what they serve now days.


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