Most Americans have enjoyed some version of this recipe. “Slumgullion” was my dad’s term for this hearty dish, so reliable for busy nights, especially during cold weather. It’s a satisfying combination of ground beef, tomatoes and macaroni that lends itself to much interpretation, so feel free to add or substitute. If you add a couple of cans of chili beans you’ll create Chili Mac. Simple, quick, economical, easy, and, as my mother would say, “it’s filling and nourishing.”
As much as I appreciate haute cuisine, that fine, costly fare prepared with much dash and sense of occasion, most of the time cooking is a matter of getting good meals on the table for hungry people. To do it well routinely demands the same skills and dedication as any of the chefs and pseudo chefs who land on television. To do so on an average household budget puts the everyday cook miles ahead of them.