My British friend and I created this recipe inspired by a dish she had eaten in an Italian restaurant. So easy and delicious!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
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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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir pesto and sour cream into ground beef until warmed; add macaroni and mix well.

Cook's Note:

I prefer red pesto (with roasted tomatoes.) Amounts can vary according to preference.

Nutrition Facts

581 calories; protein 26.6g 53% DV; carbohydrates 57.9g 19% DV; fat 26.4g 41% DV; cholesterol 61.5mg 21% DV; sodium 217.1mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (64)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2017
Upon reading the other reviews first, I increased both the pesto and sour cream to a cup and added Italian seasoning. It turned out great. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/25/2016
It's an OK recipe. It just needs more seasoning. Read More
(2)
90 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2017
Upon reading the other reviews first, I increased both the pesto and sour cream to a cup and added Italian seasoning. It turned out great. Read More
(31)
Rating: 4 stars
10/26/2016
I substituted boursin garlic & fine herbs for the sour cream and used basil pesto and it was delicious!! Just a little fresh ground pepper and dinner was ready in about ten minutes. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
12/07/2017
Very good! I added 1 cup of sour cream and one 8 oz. jar of pesto to add more flavor. Also added Italian seasoning, chopped onion and garlic. A quick, easy meal and very tasty. Read More
(19)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2016
this was super easy to make, and fast too. the only thing is that it was really bland, and I had to add alot of seasoning to this. but with the seasoning it came out great! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2018
Based on other reviews, I doubled the pesto and sour cream. Used whole grain rotini instead of macaroni. Also added Parmesan Cheese at the table. My family liked it. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2018
I upped the pesto and sour cream to 1 cup and that was definitely a good idea. Also added a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes - very good recipe. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2019
I made exactly to recipe but added tomato&basil sauce to pesto sauce and the sour cream I just added more because I have a bigger family. It came out delicious we love it and then I added cheese to it to make it more yummy Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2016
My toddler really enjoyed this easy and quick meal. Plus I used pesto that has superfoods in it like Kale. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2016
very good Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/25/2016
It's an OK recipe. It just needs more seasoning. Read More
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