Introduction

Welcome to a delightful culinary adventure! Today, we’re diving into the savory world of Nigerian cuisine with a classic favorite: Ground Beef Macaroni.  This dish is a perfect blend of hearty ground beef, vibrant vegetables, and comforting macaroni, all brought together with a symphony of spices that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a kitchen newbie, this recipe is bound to become a staple in your cooking repertoire.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Stand Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

Prepare yourself for a culinary delight! Here’s what you’ll need:

Ground Beef Macaroni Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450g) ground beef
  • 2 cups (200g) elbow macaroni
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup (150g) frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Cookware Needed

To bring this delightful dish to life, gather the following cookware:

  • Large skillet or frying pan
  • Pot for boiling macaroni
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Let’s embark on this flavorful journey together!

Instructions

Let’s get cooking! Follow these simple steps to create a delicious Ground Beef Macaroni:

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

  • Start by gathering all the ingredients listed above.
  • Dice the onion, chop the bell pepper, and mince the garlic.
  • Drain and rinse the canned diced tomatoes.

Step 2: Cook the Ground Beef

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks, approximately 5-7 minutes.
  3. Once the beef is cooked through, transfer it to a plate and set aside.

Step 3: Saute the Vegetables

  1. In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  2. Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  3. Next, add the chopped bell pepper and cook for an additional 2 minutes, until softened.
  4. Stir in the frozen peas and carrots and cook for another 2-3 minutes until heated through.

Step 4: Bring It All Together

  1. Return the cooked ground beef to the skillet with the vegetables.
  2. Add the drained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, curry powder, and paprika to the skillet.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir well to combine.
  4. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.

Step 5: Cook the Macaroni

  1. While the beef and vegetable mixture is simmering, cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions until al dente.
  2. Drain the macaroni and set aside.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

  1. Once the beef and vegetable mixture is ready, stir in the cooked macaroni until well combined.
  2. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.
  3. Enjoy your delicious Ground Beef Macaroni!

Nutrition Facts

Here’s the nutritional breakdown per serving of Ground Beef Macaroni:

NutrientAmount Per Serving
Calories380
Total Fat15g
Saturated Fat4g
Cholesterol45mg
Sodium560mg
Total Carbohydrate40g
Dietary Fiber5g
Sugars6g
Protein20g

Note: Nutritional values are approximate and may vary depending on specific ingredients used.

Conclusion: My Personal Experience

Whew! What a journey it’s been crafting this delightful Ground Beef Macaroni recipe. As a passionate home cook, I can attest to the joy that comes from creating dishes that not only satisfy hunger but also bring people together around the dinner table.

The aromas that waft through the kitchen as the beef sizzles and the spices mingle with the vegetables are truly tantalizing. And the best part? Seeing the smiles on the faces of my loved ones as they take their first bite and savor the flavors that I’ve carefully curated.

This recipe holds a special place in my heart as it reminds me of cherished moments spent cooking with family and friends. It’s comfort food at its finest, offering warmth and nourishment to both body and soul.

I hope this recipe brings as much joy to your kitchen as it has to mine. Here’s to many more delicious meals shared with those we love!

FAQs and Answers

Q: Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?

A: Absolutely! Ground turkey is a fantastic alternative to beef in this recipe. It will still yield a delicious and flavorful dish.

Q: Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

A: Yes, you can! Simply omit the ground beef and use a plant-based meat substitute or extra vegetables to make a vegetarian version of this dish.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers?

A: Yes, you can freeze leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just be sure to thaw and reheat thoroughly before serving.

Q: Can I adjust the spices to suit my taste?

A: Of course! Feel free to adjust the spices according to your preference. You can add more or less curry powder and paprika to suit your taste buds.

Q: Can I add other vegetables?

A: Absolutely! This recipe is versatile, so feel free to add any vegetables you like. Some great additions include mushrooms, zucchini, or spinach.

Q: How can I make this dish spicier?

A: If you like a bit of heat, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or some chopped chili peppers to the dish for an extra kick.

Q: Can I use different pasta shapes?

A: Yes, you can use any pasta shape you prefer. Penne, rigatoni, or fusilli would all work well in this recipe.

Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions or need further assistance!

Hey there! I’m Christine, a nutritionist on a mission to make healthy eating fun, delicious, and totally doable for everyone. So, let me give you a peek into my world and how I ended up here.

Growing up, I wasn’t exactly a kitchen whiz. Sure, I knew the basics of eating healthy, but cooking? That was a whole different story. It wasn’t until I started my journey as a nutritionist that I truly began to appreciate the magic of food.

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