I don't know where I got this recipe, but my family really likes it! When I'm in a hurry, I use Idaho instant potatoes.

Cathy

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

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  • In a medium skillet, brown beef over medium high heat and drain. Stir in water, soup mix and elbow macaroni; let simmer all together for 5 minutes.

  • Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Top with potatoes and sprinkle with paprika. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes and serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

369 calories; protein 15.8g; carbohydrates 21.5g; fat 24.1g; cholesterol 65.7mg; sodium 613.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (134)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2005
Yum! This recipie was really good for a quick dinner. (Although it definitely needed some tweaking) I used 6 servings of potatoes to just barely cover the 9x13. I added chopped onions to the beef and cooked the macaroni for about 10 minutes (until it was done) while adding a little water every few minutes to keep it from burning. I also put gravy over the beef mix and I put cheese over the potatoes. It turned out great! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2007
This is yummy comfort food, but I'm giving it three stars because I had to make some changes. After reading the reviews, here's what I did: used 1 1/2 pounds of beef, boiled the noodles separately for 8 minutes (to al dente), added 1 can of cream of mushroom and 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables to the beef, noodle, onion soup mix, and I topped it with 10 servings of instant mashed potatoes and shredded colby jack cheese. Without the cream of mushroom soup, I think it would be good served with beef gravy. Like I said, this is yummy comfort food! Read More
(7)
173 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 86
  • 4 star values: 61
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2005
Yum! This recipie was really good for a quick dinner. (Although it definitely needed some tweaking) I used 6 servings of potatoes to just barely cover the 9x13. I added chopped onions to the beef and cooked the macaroni for about 10 minutes (until it was done) while adding a little water every few minutes to keep it from burning. I also put gravy over the beef mix and I put cheese over the potatoes. It turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/10/2007
We found the noodles & potatoes to be redundant so I used 1 10 oz box of frozen mixed veggies instead (I partially thawed them 1st). Also we found this to be too bland for our tastes so I added worcestershire sauce onion powder pepper & a couple shakes of Tabasco for more flavor. 6 servings of potatoes left a thin frosting on top. I will use 8 servings the next time. Read More
(35)
Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2005
what can you say bad about this recipe? Everyone likes it and it's super easy to make after a long day at work. Plus, you can customize it according to your tastes or what you happen to have on hand that day. I always add corn & mushrooms. I also, like other reviewers, make more potato's than the recipe calls for. I've found that making a serving for 6 (according to the box) covers a 9x13 pan perfectly. We also add the cheese during the last 10 min's of baking - just enough to melt it. Great recipe for a cold winter's day !! Thanks Cathy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2003
I used Onion Soup mix (store didn't have beef onion flavor) and it worked out fine. I made enough mashed potatoes for 10 servings (according to product box) - and that was just right. 2 cups of mashed potatoes is definitely not enough to cover a 13x9 pan. I added 1 can of corn, and 1 can of green beans, and topped it all off with both paprika and shredded cheddar cheese. I found that 1 1/2 pounds of ground beef was the perfect amount. Hubby loved it, it was very flavorful and a great comfort food! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2005
This recipe was simple and super easy. I added 1 can diced tomatoes and used real mashed potatoes instead of instant,added frozen mixed vegetables and I put shredded cheese on top of hamburger mixture before putting mashed potatoes in. I will make this i'm sure over and over again... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2003
I had to use Beef Onion Soup Mix too. This was very good but I would add some vegetables to it the next time i make it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2006
My family loved this. I did not use paprika. Instead I put shredded cheddar cheese on top. It was very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2003
Very tasty dish that is quick & easy to make. I used 2 lbs ground beef and added some carrots (cubed) canned green beans and corn to make the dish more colorful. Onion soup mix (1 packet) gave the dish a good flavor. Idaho instant potatoes worked very well and was a great time-saver. I used about 8 cups of mashed potatoes in order to get a decent amount to spread on top of the beef mixture (my 9x13 baking dish was full). This is a great 1-dish meal! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2006
Easy and tasty! The best kind of recipe! I did add cheese to the top but I think this time I am going to put the cheese between the meat and potatoes. We all loved this one. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2007
This is yummy comfort food, but I'm giving it three stars because I had to make some changes. After reading the reviews, here's what I did: used 1 1/2 pounds of beef, boiled the noodles separately for 8 minutes (to al dente), added 1 can of cream of mushroom and 1 cup of frozen mixed vegetables to the beef, noodle, onion soup mix, and I topped it with 10 servings of instant mashed potatoes and shredded colby jack cheese. Without the cream of mushroom soup, I think it would be good served with beef gravy. Like I said, this is yummy comfort food! Read More
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