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5 from 3 votes

Easy Macaroni Recipe

Assyrian-style Easy Macaroni Recipe with diced beef, and a rich tomato sauce.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Assyrian, Middle Eastern
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 703.31kcal


  • ¾ lb. sirloin (diced)
  • 1 T. salt (divided)
  • cups elbow pasta or ziti
  • ¼ cup olive oil (divided)
  • 1 small onion (minced)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 T. paprika
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 6 oz can tomato paste


  • Place diced meat into a 6-quart Dutch oven.
  • Cover with two cups of water and cook over medium heat until the water gets cloudy and foamy.
  • Drain the meat into a colander and run under cold water. Rinse the pot and place the meat back inside, along with two more cups of water, and one teaspoon of salt.
  • Cook, covered for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add water, one teaspoon of salt, and one tablespoon of oil to another pot. Bring to a boil, then add the pasta and stir.
  • Cook for 12 minutes, or until the pasta is tender, then drain.
  • When 30 minutes have elapsed, remove diced meat from the pot and drain any remaining liquid.
  • Add remaining oil, onion, and garlic to the same pot and cook for one minute.
  • Add the diced meat and cook for an additional minute.
  • Stir in the paprika, remaining salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and tomato paste.
  • Add 3/4 cups of water to the sauce ingredients and mix to combine.
  • When the pasta is ready, drain and add to the pot with the tomato sauce. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook over low heat for an additional fifteen minutes.
  • Serve with Middle Eastern Salad.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 703.31kcal | Carbohydrates: 94.65g | Protein: 35.16g | Fat: 19.58g | Saturated Fat: 3.71g | Cholesterol: 51.88mg | Sodium: 1804.32mg | Potassium: 629.49mg | Fiber: 4.96g | Sugar: 4.26g | Vitamin A: 965.97IU | Vitamin C: 1.53mg | Calcium: 57.57mg | Iron: 3.43mg