Have you encountered my family's recipe elsewhere?
July 17, 2014 9:09 AM Subscribe
My family has a recipe that has been passed along for a few generations - the lore is that it was from the Depression days. I've never encountered it anywhere outside of my family, but I'm curious if it exists in other forms or if my family just made it up.
posted by Neely O'Hara to Food & Drink (35 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
The recipe is basically ground beef sauteed with onions and garlic, with a tomato sauce made out of tomato paste and a can of tomato soup, which is then seasoned with large quantities of allspice and then mixed in with cooked elbow macaroni. (Hence the name of the recipe - Mixed Up Macaroni.) In searching for similar recipes, I've found beefaroni type dishes with the tomato soup but no allspice, and I've found recipes for Greek-style meat sauce with allspice, but no tomato soup. Since the tomato soup is so important to the recipe, I was wondering if it was one of those vintage Campbell's recipes, but I haven't found anything. It's entirely possible that the addition of allspice was something my family came up with, but they weren't known to be that creative with recipes, so I'm still wondering if it came from an existing recipe. I'm hoping the foodies of AskMe have some leads!