Gather Your Ingredients:

Macaroni: 1/2 lb

Ground Beef: 1 1/2 lbs

Large Onion (diced): 1

Garlic Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, & Hot Sauce: To taste

Whole Stewed Tomatoes (undrained, 14.5 oz cans): 2

Ketchup: 2 tablespoons

Tomato Juice: As needed

Let’s Craft a Hearty Meal:

Cook the Macaroni:

Follow the package instructions to cook the macaroni to al dente. Ensure it’s not too soft as it will continue cooking slightly when mixed with the hot beef mixture.

Prepare the Beef Mixture:

Concurrently, in an extra-large skillet or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef and diced onion together. Once fully browned, drain the excess fat and season the beef and onion with garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, and hot sauce according to your palate.

Tomato Infusion:

Take your stewed tomatoes and mash them using a potato masher in a large bowl. Introduce this to your beef mixture, incorporating the ketchup as well. The tomatoes will add a rich, hearty depth to your dish.

Combine and Season:

Add your drained, al dente macaroni to the beef and tomato mixture, ensuring a thorough mix so that the macaroni is well-integrated and coated with the flavorful sauce. Give it a taste and enhance with additional seasoning if needed.

Adjust the Juiciness:

Should you prefer a juicier consistency, feel free to add tomato juice to reach your desired level. Alternatively, if enjoying leftovers the next day, add a bit of tomato juice as the macaroni tends to absorb the existing liquids over time, as Phyllis does.

And there you have it – a simple, flavorful, and hearty beef and macaroni dish that's sure to be a hit at your family table. Serve it warm and enjoy the smiles around you as you all tuck into a comforting, home-cooked meal.