Slumgullion (Macaroni & Hamburg)

Total time to prepare – Approximately 1 1/2 hours.
 –– This was a popular dish in the 1950-1980 era and was also known as Johnny Marzetti. Some families even called this Ghoulash. It’s ever so easy to make and is a real comfort food. Serves 6. If you want lots of leftovers, this is easily doubled.


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef (80/20)
  • 1 Onions – Diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper – diced.
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz) or Ro-Tel (10.5 oz) with juice
  • 2 Garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 28 oz can of Tomato Sauce
  • 15 oz. Elbow Macaroni
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional)


  1. Place ground beef and onion in an electric skillet or dutch oven.
  2. Brown the ground beef and break into little bits, saute the onion.
  3. Add Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes and Minced Garlic
  4. When the ground beef is done (no red meat remains and majority of liquid has evaporated,) drain the excess fat. At this point, I recommend patting the ground beef and onion with paper towels to absorb more of the excess fat.
  5. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bell peppers and simmer until vegetables are tender, about thirty (30) minutes.
  6. Boil water in a separate pot and boil pasta until el dente, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  7. Add the macaroni to the ground beef mixture and mix until blended. Simmer for fifteen (15) minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy! Sprinkle with parmesan cheese if you prefer.

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