Angeline’s Recipes: Ground Beef Assistant

Written by Angeline Gaw

Whether you are living off campus, living in Quarry View or Village residence, or just don’t want to eat at the cafeteria again you are going to want to learn how to cook. Sure, you could microwave a TV dinner, or throw another frozen pizza into the oven, but why not cook something yourself?

This recipe is only slightly more complicated than that popular ground beef pasta from a box found in many student kitchens. Use your favourite brand of pasta sauce and your favourite short pasta. This makes enough for 3-4 people so feel free to cut the recipe in half, or invite that cutie from your History class over for dinner. Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your preferences. You can use chicken instead of beef or add cooked vegetables such as zucchini, green beans or spinach. Feel free to add a dash of hot sauce to make things spicier, or add parmesan cheese.

Homemade Ground Beef Assistant

1 lb (454 g) ground beef
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
1 white onion, chopped or 1 cup pre-chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced or ¼ tsp garlic powder (not garlic salt!)
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper
1 jar of prepared spaghetti sauce (700 mL)
2  ½ cups water
3 cups (750 mL) short pasta (penne, macaroni, egg noodles, etc.)

In a large Dutch oven or frying pan with a lid, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Brown the ground beef until it is no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Drain any excess oil or liquid, using the lid. Add onions, garlic, salt and pepper to the pan and stir until the onions are soft, which will take about 4 minutes. Add the pasta sauce, water and pasta to the pan. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to medium-low, put the cover on and simmer stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes depending on how firm or soft you want the pasta. Uncover and simmer, stirring occasionally until the pasta is tender for approximately 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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