This One Pot Recipe Will Make You Do The Happy Dance!


This dish is so versatile and just perfect for so many occasions. Serve it for Sunday dinner, a Super Bowl party, backyard pool party, baby shower or when the grandchildren come over for the weekend. No matter when it’s served, you are sure to receive rave reviews.

This recipe has been a great hit over at Spend With Pennies! Here’s what one of the lovely readers said about it:


I just made this for me and my husband tonight for dinner and it was awesome!! Such a great comfort food dish! I halved the recipe and we still had a bunch left over, might have to try and “third” it next time :-). Thanks for the delicious recipe!




2 onions, chopped

2 pounds lean ground beef

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups water

1 jar Newman’s Own pasta sauce (approx. 26 oz.)

2 (14.5 oz) cans Hunt’s diced tomatoes, undrained

2 McCormick bay leaves

black pepper to taste

2 cups Ronzoni macaroni noodles, uncooked



Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains.

Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, and season to taste. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.

Add in the in the macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender.

Top with cheese and replace the lid. Let sit for a few minutes before serving.







Quick Tip: You can use mild or hot diced tomatoes for this dish depending on how much heat you want.


Thanks to Holly at Spend With Pennies for this recipe.


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