Healthy Beefy Macaroni

Whether you call it beefy mac, beefaroni, or American chop suey, a hearty pasta meal full of ground beef and rich tomato sauce rocks.



Yield :

  • Prep: 20 minutes
    Cook: 30 minutes
  • PointsPlus 9*
  • SmartPoints6*

Ingredients :

  • 3 cups frozen cauliflower florets
  • 4 1/2 oz. (about 1 1/4 cups) high-fiber elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 2 tbsp. canned tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • Optional seasoning: crushed red pepper

Preparation :

  • Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl; cover and microwave for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir. Re-cover and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Drain excess liquid.
  • Roughly chop cauliflower, return to the bowl, and cover to keep warm.
  • In a large pot, cook pasta per package instructions, about 7 minutes. Drain pasta, and stir into cauliflower. Re-cover to keep warm.
  • Spray the pot with nonstick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper, and cook and stir until browned, about 4 minutes.
  • To the pot, add ground beef, garlic, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stir, and crumble until beef is fully cooked and veggies are soft, about 6 minutes.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the pot, and stir well. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, and stir in cauliflower-pasta mixture. Cook until hot and well mixed, about 2 minutes.

Nutritional Info :

  • Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • Calories: 375
  • Fat: 6g
  • Sat Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 690mg
  • Carbs: 50g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugars: 13.5g
  • Protein: 33g

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