Ground Beef Macaroni Verde is the perfect weeknight pasta dinner
Hey there everyone ! Oh, am I glad to be putting a new recipe on the blog to share with you. After some ongoing health issues, today marks exactly 2 months of me not blogging, and I thought it a great time to add a recipe again.
But I hope this quick and easy Ground Beef Macaroni Verde will make up for the time I have been away!
The doctor ordered me 6 weeks of not using my arms, right arm specifically, but it took slightly longer to get better this time, BUT, I have also received the most amazing speech program from my sweet blogging friend all the way from Texas, thanks Evelyn from My Turn For Us ! With the help of the program I can finally answer e-mails, type letters and of course this blog post ... isn't that just awesome?? And you guys already know my hubby helps with the cooking.
I am just happy to be back (sort of!), not that I have a clue on how often I will be able to share a recipe, but I do have a few on hand. Today's recipe is not really a traditional macaroni verde, but one that I adapted to suit our carnivorous tastes a bit more, by adding ground beef.
The recipe is enough for 6 adult sized servings but can be stretched easily to serve 2 - 3 adults and 3 kids with a small side dish if you so wish. We enjoy the Pasta dish on it's own with a dessert afterwards.
Ground Beef Macaroni Verde
1 TB Olive Oil
500g Lean Ground Beef
Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Parsley, chopped
1 1/2 cups Cheddar, grated
2 cups White Sauce (Homemade or Store-bought)
1 1/2 cups Broccoli, blanched
1 1/2 cups Green Beans, blanched (whole or chopped)
1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a large oven dish with cooking oil.
2.) Cook the Macaroni as per the instructions on the packet.
3.) Meanwhile, heat the Oil in a skillet and cook the Ground Beef until done - remove from the heat and season to taste with Salt and Black Pepper.
4.) Add 1 cup Cheddar and the Parsley to the cooked Beef and stir through.
5.) Drain the Pasta and transfer to a large mixing bowl - add the Beef mixture, together with the White Sauce, Broccoli and Green Beans to the Pasta - gently stir through.
6.) Transfer to a large oven dish, sprinkle over the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar and bake 30 minutes.
7.) Remove from the oven and let stand 3 minutes.
Serve with a small side dish or a salad on the side.
Here is another great Pasta recipe which is very popular on the blog this week !
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