Mild 'Sweet' Tomato Sauce with Elbow Macaroni Bake


The addition of the carrot and the sugar reduces the sharp acidity taste from the tomatoes that some people don't care for.

6 servings


  • ½ pound lean ground beef

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 6 ounces tomato paste

  • 4 ounces canned mushrooms

  • 1 carrot

  • ¼ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ pound elbow macaroni, cooked

  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese


  1. Cook beef, pork, onion, and garlic in hot oil until onion is golden. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, mushrooms, carrot, salt, pepper, and sugar, and simmer 15 minutes.

  2. Remove the carrot and throw away--it is just there for sweetness.

  3. Alternate layers of macaroni, cheese, and meat in greased 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle top with cheese.

  4. Bake in a 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

532 Calories
36g Fat
23g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 532
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 17g 83%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 1031mg 45%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 367mg 28%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 754mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.