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I know I have said this before but I love one dish meals. This one is easy peasy too, plus it makes a lot for leftovers. This recipe reminds me of Hamburger Helper but better. I found this recipe in Pinterest which took me to the website balancingmotherhood.com.


I do not eat red meat so I just used 2 packages of ground turkey.  Instead of using 2 15-ounce cans of diced tomatoes, I used one 29 ounce can. Canned tomatoes are hard to find during this pandemic, so do your best in finding what you can.

2 lbs ground beef lean
1 lb ground turkey
2 onions
3 cups of water
1 29-ounce can tomato sauce
2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
3 bay leaves
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp seasoned salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 cups elbow macaroni

1. In large stock pot, saute the ground beef and turkey over medium high heat, breaking up meat as it cooks. Cook until no pink remains.
2. Spoon off excess grease.
3. Chop onions and place in pot with meat. Cook 5 minutes or until onions are cooked.
4. Add water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, soy sauce, seasoned salt, garlic powder, salt and pepper and stir. Add bay leaves and stir.
5. Place lid on pot and cook for 20-25 minutes until goulash is heated through.
6. Add elbow macaroni and stir. Place lid on pot and simmer for additional 20 minutes.
7. Turn off heat and remove bay leaves. Let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

Mac and Cheese

Throw out your recipe for mac and cheese and replace it with this one….like seriously….do it! I have made this recipe several times. I’m not sure why I haven’t shared it on my blog. I wish I had because I panicked that I had lost it. I look through so many recipes and it is becoming very hard to remember what websites I’ve been on. Thankfully I found it again! This gem was found on throughherlookingglass.com.

The only change I made was to use more elbow macaroni. I used 10 ounces of dry macaroni instead of 8. If you are using a bigger pasta…I would add just 8 ounces.

For the fresh bread crumbs, I used brioche buns that I had leftover from a previous dinner.

This recipe is EASY! The only time spent was grating the cheese, which took no time at all. This makes a great weekday meal and leftovers make great lunches for the kids.


8 ounces dried macaroni (elbow or spiral)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 1/2 cups coarsely grated, sharp white cheddar cheese
1 cup coarsely grated Swiss-style Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup finely grated Jack cheese (can use Monterey Jack if you can’t find the dry Jack)

1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Grease a 1 1/2 quart souffle baking dish. Set aside. (I use a 9×13 glass dish)
3. Boil a large pot of water to cook macaroni according to package directions. Stop cooking about two minutes early (Pasta should be slightly underdone)
4. Drain and rinse pasta with cold water and set aside.
5. In large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter.
6. Add fresh breadcrumbs and stir until thoroughly coated. Set aside.
7. In a small saucepan or microwave, heat milk until very hot but not scalded.
8. Meanwhile, in the pan you used for the breadcrumbs, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. When butter is bubbling, add flour and stir until cooked, about 1 minute.
9. Slowly whisk in hot milk, whisking continuously until all milk is incorporated and sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.
10. Remove pan from heat and stir in salt, black pepper, cayenne, 1 1/2 cups of cheddar, 3/4 cup of Gruyere and all the dry Jack cheese.
11. Mix well until all the cheese has melted.
12. Add cooled macaroni to the cheese sauce and pour mixture into the buttered casserole dish.
13. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and Gruyere cheeses, then top with buttered bread crumbs.
14. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, or until the breadcrumbs are golden brown and casserole is bubbling.
15. Let sit for 5 minutes, then serve.