Dinner in a Bag

You can’t beat the convenience of dinner in a bag. I measure dry noodles and a mixture of spices into separate plastic bags, then store them in a paper bag with canned stewed tomatoes. This “pantry kit” gives me a head start on a hearty meal. Since I work late occasionally, my family just browns the ground beef, and soon dinner is simmering. —Darlene Brenden, Salem Oregon

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:


1 large onion, sliced
1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon sugar
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni


Sauté onion in skillet, add beef. Drain fat. Add spices and tomatoes. Cook noodles until almost tender drain. Mix together the beef mixture and noodles. Enjoy.