On a budget and looking for dinner ideas that use pantry staples? Here is a delicious collection of elbow pasta recipes!
Pasta recipes are not only filling but are a great way to stretch your grocery budget!
Mac and cheese is not the only thing you can make with elbow macaroni.
Elbow pasta is such a crowd pleasing staple and it is one of my go to comfort foods. It is also great for many side dishes, not just the main course.
What Meals Can You Make with Elbow Macaroni?
Honestly, the possibilities are endless. We love to make any of the following:
pasta bake or casseroles in the oven
homemade macaroni and cheese
one pot large skillet stove top recipes
Should You Put Olive Oil on Cooked Pasta?
My mother-in-law does. She either uses butter or olive oil or sometimes both. And I do it too. There is nothing worse than dry, stuck together pasta no matter the shape of the noodle.
How Do You Cook Elbow Pasta?
I bring a large pot of water to a boil. (I do add splash of olive oil to the water and season it with salt. I do this before adding the pasta to the water.) Once it’s at a boil I add the pasta and stir. I stir the pasta every 2-3 minutes just to make sure its not sticking and clumping together. Then I bring it back to a boil for 7-9 minutes. I then strain it and run cold water over it.
Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe to throw together in the kitchen? You will love this budget friendly idea. It’s also very filling so you don’t have to worry about hungry tummies an hour later.
Fluffy, soft scrambled eggs are given a filling boost with perfectly al dente macaroni noodles in these Peppery Scrambled Macaroni & Eggs! Pasta for breakfast might sound strange, but this much loved Great Depression era recipe has been passed down through generations of family because of how delicious it is!
This tasty bowl of pasta, veggies, and beef alternative is easy to make in one pot in less than 30 minutes and has very simple ingredients. It’s also ridiculously delicious and will please the whole family, even picky eaters, young or young-at-heart!
This one-pot recipe is like a grownup version of hamburger helper and a much healthier option than that boxed stuff. Filled with spinach, peppers, real cheddar cheese, on the table in just 30 minutes and easily made gluten-free too!
This cheesy lasagna mac is the BEST Instant Pot pasta recipe and is sure to be one of your family’s new favorite meals! Hearty and filling, this dish can be made even healthier using gluten free pasta.
This soup is filled with lean ground beef, vegetables with elbow pasta in a rich and flavorful tomato-based broth. A mix between goulash and beef stew, this delicious beef and macaroni soup is easy, budget-friendly, and reheats beautifully.
This is an easy, one-pot, classic comfort food made with ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow pasta. Enjoy year-round, and delicious leftover, this irresistible goulash recipe is guaranteed to win over even the pickiest eaters.