Rachael Ray has nothing on my mother. As far as this family is concerned, my mom invented healthful, delicious comfort food that one can cook in 30 minutes or less. This hamburger and macaroni dish has been served in our house at least twice a month for the last 45 years. We even have a special name for it – HMO (HamburgerMacaroniOnions). Dad gets a song in his voice when he announces that we’re having HMO for dinner. And it only takes 20 minutes to make.
Hamburger and Macaroni Recipe
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 yellow onion, chopped (or mixed chopped green onion greens and yellow onion)
- Olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon Vegesal or other seasoned salt
- Dash crushed red pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 large can (28 oz) of diced tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 2 cups uncooked macaroni (use rice pasta for wheat-free version)
1 Get a large pot of hot water heating and begin cooking the macaroni as per the directions on the macaroni package.
2 In a skillet, brown the ground beef in a tablespoon of olive oil on high heat. Stir only infrequently so that the ground beef has an opportunity to brown.
3 In a large skillet, sauté chopped onion with a tablespoon of olive oil on medium high heat. Add the ground beef and lower the heat to medium. Add a dash of crushed red pepper. Add Vegesal or other seasoned salt. Add celery seed. Add canned tomatoes. Add Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 5 minutes. Mix in the drained and cooked macaroni and parsley. Simmer for another 5 minutes.