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my mother's one-pan cheesy beef dinner

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Terri Backhaus
Seattle, WA

My mom told me to always have ground beef, cheese, and onion around in my kitchen. Here is something she made pretty often.

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This easy, cheesy, and beefy dinner is delish! You probably have all the ingredients handy to make this tonight. Except for boiling the pasta, everything is made in one pan. Adding a touch of sugar to the jarred sauce gives it a hint of sweetness. Sauteed onions, green peppers, and ground beef only add to the sauce's flavor. The rotini soaks up the beefy sauce. On top is just the right amount of gooey cheese. Serve with a green salad to complete your meal.

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★★★★★ 2
serves many
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For my mother's one-pan cheesy beef dinner

  • 1 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 md
    onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 jar
    spaghetti sauce with veggies (36 oz total)
  • 1 md
    green pepper, chopped
  • 2 pkg
    cheddar cheese, shredded (8 oz each)
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic salt, or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 box
    rotini pasta (16 oz)

How To Make my mother's one-pan cheesy beef dinner

  • Draining boiled rotini pasta.
    Boil pasta in a separate saucepan.
  • Sauteeing onions, garlic salt, green pepper, and ground beef.
    In a large saucepan, saute chopped onions, garlic salt, and green pepper in olive oil. Add ground beef and cover. Let simmer and cook until beef is all the way cooked about 15 minutes. This lets the flavors of the onions and pepper mix in.
  • Sauce and sugar added to the beef; simmer on stove.
    Uncover and mix in spaghetti sauce and 2 Tbsp of sugar. Cover and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Cooked pasta added to the skillet.
    Add cooked pasta and recover and let simmer on medium for 10 minutes.
  • Cheese sprinkled into the skillet to melt.
    Uncover and sprinkle all the cheese on top of the mixture. Simmer on medium heat for another 10 minutes or until the cheese has just melted.

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