Apr 14

Mom’s Best Macaroni Dish


Submitted By: Deborah Tomasetti Perham

As time has past I have come to terms with the fact that all families have their own style of cooking.  With this I recognize my mother-in-law was an exceptional cook. To memorialize her we took all her recipes (in her handwriting) and compiled a cookbook, printing a copy for each family member: “Cooking with Grandma Far-Away” (“Grandma Far-Away” lived about 50 miles from us. My mom – just plain “Grandma” – lives about 3 miles from us.)

Here’s a picture and the recipe for one of my mother-in-law’s favorite foods to prepare. She called it “Mom’s Best Macaroni Dish.” Notice the ladle. THAT ladle belonged to my *maternal* grandmother. When she passed away, I promised myself I would use that ladle whenever we served a pasta dish. Did I just say “PASTA”? I mean “MACARONI”! I’ll post some stories about both my grandmothers and their recipes very soon.


Mom’s Best Macaroni Dish


  • 1 box of elbow macaroni – cooked
  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 2 cans of whole tomatoes
  • 5 green peppers, sliced
  • 2 tbs Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Breadcrumbs



  1. Brown ground beef. Drain off grease. Remove to bowl.
  2. In pot where ground beef was browned, sauté onions and celery till tender.
  3. Return ground beef to pot. Mix in rest of ingredients, except peppers and macaroni.  Cook 30 minutes.
  4. Add peppers. Cook another 30 minutes.
  5. Mix in macaroni. Put mixture into an oven-proof casserole dish. Sprinkle some breadcrumbs and extra Parmesan cheese on top. Bake 350 degrees F until bubbly. Enjoy!


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