This Is A Million Dollar Poverty Meal!

It had been quite a while since the last time I made this poverty meal, as they call it. I guess there are so many delicious recipes out there these days, that you sometimes end up forgetting about your old favorites!

However, recently I started “an experiment” to see how much money I could save, paying attention to my meal options. So we’ve been having this quite often lately, and it’s always just as delicious! And even if you’re not on a budget, you’re still going to want to make this recipe. It’s just too good not to! Feel free to use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef, if you’d like.




1 yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp Bertolli olive oil

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained

2 (16 oz) cans stewed tomatoes

1 (16 oz) can water

8 oz elbow macaroni, uncooked

salt and pepper to taste

parmesan cheese (optional)



Saute the garlic and onion in olive oil until translucent.

Brown the meat and drain.

Add the browned meat, tomatoes, water, raw macaroni, salt and pepper to the onion and garlic mixture.

Cook this mixture for about 15-20 minutes or until macaroni is tender.

Top with Parmesan cheese.



Quick tip: I like to add a little chili powder and paprika!



my Father’s recipe we always included 1tbsp of Keenes dry mustard 2 cups of cubed stalet bread and shredded cheddar cheese the sharp kind as well as chopped celery . This is still one of my favorite meals 50 years later

What in the world happened to ground italian sausage, green peppers, oregano, salt (just a little), black pepper, dry parsley and your choice of pasta sauce. These are some things I add to mines and I use a 1lb box of macaroni pasta. It is delicious. (I have recently started using whole wheat pasta).

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