I love my Costco. I go to Costco religiously. On payday, I head over and fill up my cart with goodies, which for the most part, is standard, with minimal changes.
On that list is ground beef. We purchase the three pack of Kirkland Organic Ground Beef almost every trip.
The problem, however, is figuring out to do with it. A juicy hamburger is always a hit. Spaghetti is another. Honestly, that’s where my go-to recipes end.
hundreds of several options, none of these to my husband’s liking. Until this one.
I found a recipe online. Like usual, I didn’t have all of the ingredients, so I had to improvise. Usually, my improvises don’t work out so well, but this time, I nailed it. Three empty bowls! So I had to share.
Easy Beef Macaroni Recipe
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic (I use a jar of already minced garlic)
- 1 medium onion
- ½ lb. ground beef
- 2 medium bell peppers
- 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
- 2 tsp of Italian Seasoning
- 1½ cups vegetable broth (Better than Boullion is the best!)
- 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Freshly cracked pepper to taste
- Himalayan Sea Salt to taste
- Fresh Basil for garnish
- Mince the garlic and dice the onion and bell peppers. In a heavy skillet, sauté the garlic and onion in olive oil over medium heat until soft and transparent (2-3 minutes). Add the ground beef and cook until fully brown (5 minutes). Lastly, add the diced bell pepper to the skillet and continue to sauté until they are slightly soft (3-5 minutes).
- Add the diced tomatoes and their juices to the skillet along with the uncooked pasta, basil, oregano, and some freshly cracked pepper and Himalayan sea salt. Stir the ingredients in the skillet well.
- Add 1.5 cups of vegetable broth to the skillet and stir to combine. Place the lid on the skillet, turn the heat up to high, and allow the mixture to come up to a full boil. Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes. You should be able to hear the liquid simmering quietly the whole time. If you can’t, turn the heat up just slightly until it begins to simmer.
- After 30 minutes, remove the lid, and check to see if the pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. If the pasta is still a bit crunchy, return the lid and allow it to continue to cook for a few more minutes.
- Once the pasta is tender, mix. In a separate bowl, combine the tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the tomato sauce over the skillet and serve.