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Portuguese Beef Macaroni Recipe
Portuguese Beef Macaroni Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Recipe from Portugal! Making a family classic, Portuguese Beef Macaroni Recipe that's easy to make any night of the week for dinner. It's not gluten-free or low-carb but full of flavor and quick and easy to make for the whole family.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Portuguese
Servings: 8
Calories: 639 kcal
  • 1 pound beef ground
  • 1 macaroni, box
  • 1 Marinara sauce, jar
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  1. You don't need tools to make this dish but 2 pots to cook and a wooden spoon. I prefer a wooden spoon when cooking on a pan just because it doesn't scratch up pots and is not so noisy when cooking in the kitchen.
  2. Chop the onions into small size bites. Place a little olive oil in the pan and saute the onions.
  3. Once they are golden brown remove from the pan into a bow.
  4. Add the ground beef in the pan and break it up with the spoon as it cooks. Once it is all done cooking which should take about 10 minutes, drain the fat from the pan.
  5. Add the bay leaves, tomato sauce and onions to the pan and mix, cook on low for about 20 minutes while mixing every 5 minutes.
  6. Add your macaroni to a pot of water at this time and cook to the directions of the box.
  7. Once macaroni is cooked, drain and place in the meat sauce, mix and set on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Place on a plate and sprinkle your favorite cheese on top. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Try not to over cook the macaroni for this dish because it will continue to cook with the meat sauce. I take it out when it is cooked to be firm to the bite, which is al dente as the Italians would say!

Nutrition Facts
Portuguese Beef Macaroni Recipe
Amount Per Serving (150 g)
Calories 639 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 1705mg74%
Potassium 886mg25%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 628IU13%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 204mg20%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.