Thursday, April 14, 2011

M is for Macaroni and Mexican...

    There were 6 people in our family when I was growing up. Momma, Daddy, 2 growing boys and 2 girls (and us girls could eat just as much as the boys could) So my mom was always looking for ways to stretch the food budget. This was a good one to make to help that out. The ring presentation may have made an appearance the first time, but after that it was just dump it all together and dish it out. She had four hungry kids, who were more interested in eating than looking.

Artwork by Pamela Jo

Macaroni Mexicaine


1 (8oz) pkg  elbow macaroni
1 lb      ground beef
½ c      chopped onion
2 Tbs   butter or margarine
1 tsp    salt
1 Tbs   flour
1 c       water
2 c       canned tomatoes
1 c       diced celery
2 Tbs   chili powder
2          bay leaves crumbles
¼ c      chopped parsley


   Saute the onion in butter.  Add beef and salt.  Continue to cook until browned.  Add the flour to the
water and mix well.  Pour into beef mixture and cook until thickened.  Put in the tomatoes, celery,
chili powder and bay leaves.  Cover and cook until well done.  Add parsley 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
   Cook macaroni according to package directions.  Drain and make a ring on platter.  Pour meat mixture into the center and serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Artwork by Pamela Jo
Okay so it is an international meal...Italian and Mexican..

This would be great to serve this in don't ya think.


Karen Walker said...

This dish sounds delicious and perfect for where I live - New Mexico. Found you thru the a-z challenge. Nice to "meet" you.

Theres just life said...

Hi Karen Nice to me you too. Yep New Mexico and Texas have a lot in common food wise.