Lately I have been on the hunt to find great quick, easy dinner recipes. I don’t work a lot outside the home, so I tend to make more time consuming meals. But boy have I been tired and busy lately, so I thought it was good time to find great recipes that get dinner on the table quickly. I know there are so many working woman out there that have to come home after a long day at work, needing to feed a hungry family, and don’t have time to prep a meal during the day. So I figured I would share the good recipes I find 🙂
This meal is really good and completely kid approved in this house. I love that the flavors are reminiscent of a cheeseburger, even down to the pickles, which I adore in this dish! It cooks up super quick and even better, in only one pan!! I honestly used to like hamburger helper back in my single days, before I cut out a lot of our processed food. And this is just about as simple as that but tastes even better than I remember that tasting (although its been many years!!). It may not be a gourmet meal, but it is delicious, hearty, comforting and great for a busy day.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup onion, chopped, divided
- 2 to 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 12 ounces (3 cups) elbow macaroni
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6 ounces deli American cheese, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
- Cook ground beef, 1/2 cup of the onion and garlic in large 12 inch nonstick skillet (or a well seasoned cast iron skilllet) over medium-high heat, stirring occassionally, until beef is no longer pink.
- Stir in macaroni, broth, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until macaroni is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in cheese, pickles, and remaining 1/2 cup onion. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
- Sometimes I will stir in a couple of teaspoons of sugar with the tomato sauce to give it the very subtle sweet similar to ketchup on a burger. This is optional and great either way!