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One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta

I am scrolling through Facebook the other day, and came across this Tasty post with four different meals you can do with hamburger.  We are stretched a little tighter this time of year, and we have hamburger in the freezer so I thought I would give it a go.

You can see the preparation and original post here at Tasty One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta.


for 6 servings

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 16 oz fusilli pasta
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • green onion, sliced, to serve


  1. In a large pot over a medium heat, add ground beef, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Break up the beef to incorporate the seasonings and cook until browned.
  2. Pour in the beef broth and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the pasta and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked throughout and the broth has cooked down.
  4. Pour in the milk and cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve garnished with some sliced green onions
  6. Enjoy!

I used chickpea pasta instead of regular pasta – and that was my only substitution.

It was a hit!  Stephen loved it, as did David.  I could eat 3/4’s of a cup.  Not bad really since it is with protein pasta.  I think the flavors needed more a kick, but the boys liked it so that is really all that matters.


hamburger · Recipes · soup

Hamburger Soup or Stew

I laid out some ground beef (again), and really was trying to decide what to do with it.


Hamburger Soup or Stew (whichever you prefer to call it)
2 pounds of ground beef – cooked medium than drain off fat
1 medium onion – chopped
4 stalks of celery – chopped
4 carrots – chopped
3 cloves of garlic – chopped
1 box of beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste
1 can of corn (drained)
1 can of green beans (drained)
2 cups of Pearl Barley

You can really throw anything you have in the fridge or pantry  – i.e. peas? lima beans? etc.
But, this is what we had.

Chopped onion, celery and carrot
Chopped garlic
Add to ground beef, and cook until translucent.  Then add the diced tomatoes, and paste.
Also, add the corn, and then the beef broth.
Simmer, for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes have cooked down.
Add in the corn and the green beans.  I also add the barley here.
You may need to add about 2 to 4 cups of water depending on the water from the vegetables.
Cook for an additional hour.
Serve with warm bread or crackers.
It is a good hearty soup (or stew -ha).
hamburger · Recipes · rice

Dirty Rice

Dirty Rice…

This was a staple for me growing up. Ground beef, rice, and tomatoes. It was wonderful to have as leftovers, and you could cook it year round.

It is a comfort food for me.

Start cooking your rice (I use Jasmine Rice), and I cook it in the microwave.

Then chop 1 medium yellow onion (or any other kind of onion that you like), and about 4 stalks of celery. My hands were hurting, so David (my wonderful hubby) did the chopping for me.

Start browning hamburger meat, celery, and onions until hamburger is browned and the onions are translucent.

I add in some spices, and soy sauce.

I add this to taste –really not sure how much. Sorry.

Once meat is browned, add in cooked rice.

Slice some tomatoes (my plants have grown and have yet to produce fruit) so these are store bought, but still good.

I chopped up a couple of sliced tomatoes, and stir in to the dirty rice.

Yummy – enjoy.