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My Love For Comfort Food
Beefaroni-Memories From Childhood
I’m sure that most of us have fond recollections from childhood of eating this staple of weekday night meals. Chef Boyardee was a frequent visitor to our dinner table when I was young. My mom just couldn’t resist opening up the can, heating it up on the stove and serving it up to us. The Beefaroni was one of my favorites, especially when it was cold outside.
Now that I am a parent of my own children, I’d love to introduce them to the same memories I had as a child. But, I think society has become a little more attuned to the health needs of our children since the 1980’s. I don’t always feel great about feeding my children straight from a can if I can prevent it. So, I’m always looking for easy homemade recipes of some of my favorite childhood favorites from decades ago. This Easy Homemade Beefaroni Recipe fits that bill exactly.
Easy Homemade Beefaroni Recipe
What I love most about this recipe is how easy it was to make. When I started thinking about how to make beefaroni on my own, it quickly dawned on me that I would really only need a couple of ingredients. There are some classic recipes that I have tried to duplicate and they turned out to be a little more complicated that I anticipated! Not this one.
For this Beefaroni Recipe, I would really only need 4 ingredients: Tomato Sauce, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Pasta and Butter! Most, if not all of these ingredients are things that you probably have in your kitchen right now!
Don’t Be Afraid Of Salt!
One note about this recipe: feel free to experiment with the salt and pepper. Everyone has a different tastes so make sure you have some salt and pepper on the table to add after you serve it. Perfectly tasty dishes like this can taste a little bland without the correct amount of seasoning. Add a dash of salt and it will be the perfect thing to warm you up on a cold, winter day.
Also, while this is a great comfort food for the winter months, I remember eating Beefaroni many times during the summer as well. And this homemade Beefaroni recipe tastes just as good (if not better!) as leftovers the next day. So, make it early in the week or on Sunday night and you can eat of this into your busy weekday! Yay!
Easy Homemade Beefaroni Recipe
This Easy Homemade Beefaroni recipe is great comfort food for the winter months. But it is also a great recipe for family dinners throughout the year.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 cans 15 oz, tomato sauce
- 2-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 package 16 oz, rotini pasta
- 2 tablespoons butter
- salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a casserole or 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large skillet, cook beef until browned. Drain grease.
Meanwhile, cook pasta until el dente. Drain and mix pasta with butter.
Stir in beef, tomato sauce and 2 cups of cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until hot in the center.