Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Simple Beef-A-Roni with Peas

11 WWPP Posted by 8 years ago 17 Comments

Click here to see the toddler and I make Simple Beef-A-Roni with Peas in a video post

You come home from work, no plans for dinner and your in the mood for comfort food. What do you do? What DO you DO??

This may solve the problem! It only takes a few minutes to prepare (especially if you have ground beef frozen in 8 oz packages) and, if you have a small family, leftovers are great for lunch!

Simple Beef-a-Roni with Peas

  • 8 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced (~150g)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 8 oz lean ground beef
  • 1 – 10.7 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 – 15oz can of peas (not drained) OR 8 oz frozen peas and ½ cup of water
  • 1 – 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼-½ tsp black pepper
  • non-stick cooking spray

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta per instructions on the package.

While preparing the pasta add the onion and garlic to a non-stick frying pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cook until tender. Add the beef and cook until brown.

When the pasta is finished, drain and return to the pot. Add the tomato soup, peas (with liquid or water), cooked beef, and tomatoes. Stir. Add spices to taste and cook a few minutes on medium heat while stirring.


Click here to see the toddler and I make Simple Beef-A-Roni with Peas in a video post

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
 5 1/5 of recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
315 3g 8g old: 6 new: 11
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
14g 1g 81g 21g

See other recipes using: diced tomatoes, ground beef, pasta, peas, tomato soup

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    December 5, 2007

    When you say 8 oz. whole wheat pasta, is that cooked or uncooked? Reply


    December 5, 2007

    Forget the question - I read further...... Reply


    December 20, 2007

    Love the look of those big spirals. I haven't been able to find a shaped whole wheat pasta that tastes good - what brand do you use? Reply


    December 22, 2007

    Lisa - I use Bionaturae Organic Whole Wheat pasta. unfortunately, they don't have that noddle online. However, I do have the brand in the Pasta section of the store. Hope that helps! Reply


    January 7, 2008

    Hi Lisa - Can you tell me the serving size? Thanks! Reply


    January 7, 2008

    Diane - Not sure Lisa will know! LOL It's my recipe. I just split the whole recipe into 5 equal servings but if I was to guess I'd say just over a cup. -Roni Reply


    January 26, 2008

    Just curious.... I love everything you make. Is there any way you can add a "print friendly version" to your recipes? Thanks for everything. Your sites have been a great find!!! Reply


    January 26, 2008

    Tanya - There already is one. Just print from GreenLiteBites and it should only print the recipe, automatically. Try it and let me know! Reply


    March 6, 2008

    I made this last night and I added some cottage cheese, it was so good. Reply


    May 23, 2008

    Okay honestly- this is my 3rd recipe of yours I have made...where have you been all my life?!? Every recipe of yours I have made is great! The flavor is so good- how in the world you pull this off is beyond me- and they are all fast and painless too! Thank you for making this site! Reply


    August 27, 2008

    I just made this, and it's really tasty. The boy peered at it suspiciously and demanded more "red stuff" so I added some leftover tomato sauce. My toddler likes it too! Reply


    October 21, 2008

    Hey Roni!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this site!! I am NOT a cook but since my kids are getting a little bigger (son is 2 and daughter is 11mos)I know the time is coming where I'll have to start somewhere!! :) Anyway, my question is this: when you put the servings are 5 and then you include the cal/fat/fiber, are those per serving or total? (im doing WW) I'm guessing it is right?? Anyway, newbies like me really appreciate all of your dedication to leading a healthy lifestyle! You are the best!! :) Reply


    October 31, 2008

    I made this the other day for a large group of family and they loved it. I didn't have regular diced tomatoes so I had to use the one with green chili's and I used corn instead of peas. It was fantastic!!! I'm in Western PA and up here we call this goulash ;) Love ya Roni Reply


    October 5, 2009

    Hi Roni, I love your site. It is very informative and entertaining. With this recipe for Simple Beef-A-Roni, how do you determine that it is 5 servings? Do you weigh the entire dish and divide it? Reply


    October 6, 2009

    Hi Themla! Honestly.. I'm pretty low tech. I immediately separate it into 5 different containers. It's been awhile since I made it but If I remember correctly, each one was about a cup. Hope that helps! -Roni Reply


    November 5, 2009

    Great alternative to a box recipe. Thanks for sharing. Reply