Ground Beef Macaroni Verde is packed with crunchy vegetables and quick and easy to make too, especially on a busy week night
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.
More Pasta dinner recipes you might like:
Ground Beef Macaroni Verde
- 500 g Macaroni ( 16 oz )
- 1 TB Olive Oil
- 450 g Lean Ground Beef ( 1 pound )
- 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
Amount Per Serving Calories 678.1Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 13.5gUnsaturated Fat 12.4gCholesterol 150.9mgSodium 652mgCarbohydrates 69.7gFiber 4.6gSugar 4.5gProtein 32.8g
Serve with a small side dish or a salad on the side.