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If you’re like me you’ve probably been seeing one pot meals all over Pinterest. I’d never made one until I made this one pot cheeseburger pasta because… well, I have no idea. I guess I like to make life harder than it has to be? Because guys this one pot cheeseburger pasta is so easy. Easy like you don’t even have to drain the pasta water, easy. I know, it seems too good to be true, but it’s not! I wish I had started making one pot pastas years ago! They save SO much time.
Once I had settled on the idea of making a one pot pasta, I needed to find out what kind of one pot pasta to make. When I started thinking about options, I thought of some of my favorite foods. I have always loved pasta, and “cheeseburger” was practically my favorite word in college… and then it hit me – why not make a cheeseburger pasta!? ? Even just writing that out sounds decadent. I headed out to the Walmart down the street from me and scooped up everything I needed for this recipe.
One of the great things about this recipe is that even though there are quite a few ingredients, there are very few steps. I’m all about working smarter and not harder. I heard that phrase one time when I was younger and it has stuck with me. Life has so much hard work in it, why should I make dinner harder than it has to be? Barilla has made a really great new pasta to take some of the “work” out of making dinner. And when you take the work out of making dinner, you have time for so many other, more important, things!
I have always loved Barilla’s pasta. I’ve been cooking with it for years, and I honestly believe it just tastes better than other pastas. Plus, I love that they’re an authentic Italian pasta (the #1 choice of Italy!) – because no one does pasta better than Italians! So when I found out they made a new version I was very curious. You can see above the regular barilla boxes of pasta, and then next to them are some boxes of Barilla Pronto Pasta. This pasta is magical. You don’t have to drain the pasta water (or boil it before hand) and you can make it in one pan!!! (No, I’m not kidding. It’s really that awesome.) And it has the same great taste that the regular Barilla pasta has! I’m so glad this new pasta has made it into my life.
Ok so see that photo? With my recipe for one pot cheeseburger pasta, in less than 30 minutes you will have that. Ready to have dinner on demand? Let’s get started!
You need a big pot (I used a 6 quart pot) because everything will be going straight in there. Start by heating 1 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat, then add the ground beef, diced garlic, and chopped onion making sure to stir and crumble the meat apart, for about 3-5 minutes until the meat has browned.
Then add the beef stock, water, canned tomatoes and their juices, Barilla Pronto pasta, Barilla Marinara, ketchup, and mustard to the same pot and stir! I chopped the tomatoes before adding them, because those pieces are huge. Then put on cover and cook for about 15 minutes.
At around the 15 minute mark, take off the lid, and stir. There might still be a little bit of liquid in the pot, but that’s fine, just stir for a minute or two until it has absorbed. While it’s still hot add your cheddar cheese, and stir. It will melt beautifully!
See? Cheesy and beautiful! Yes, in my world cheesy = beautiful. ? I’m not even bashful about it. BRING ON THE CHEESE!
Now you can garnish with your chopped tomatoes and green onions and, my friend, you are done! This one pot cheeseburger pasta really is that easy.
This recipe makes a heaping 11 cups of cheeseburger pasta. Can you say leftovers?! Hallelujah!! In college I learned that making huge portions with tons of leftovers is the way to go. I am always bouncing around from one activity to the next (filling my schedule way more than I should – as always!), and I don’t have time to cook every night. With this recipe though, since it’s a cheesy pasta, I’m going to go ahead and say this one might be even better the second day! Leftovers that can last me through a busy week and get better each day? That’s a win in my books!
Guys, I know I’ve mentioned how easy this pasta is to make, but I don’t think I’ve stressed how easy it is to clean up. Normally after writing blog post I have approximately 8 million dishes to clean. This time? Say it with me friends, “one pot”. I used a pot, a cutting board, knife and spatula and that’s it. My drying rack wasn’t even full!!! Easy to make and easy to clean up? Yes puh-lease! What on earth will I do with all the time I’m not spending washing dishes?!?!
Are you drooling yet? Well I encourage you to hop on over to Walmart and make your own one pot cheeseburger pasta! You’ll be happy you did!
One Pot Cheeseburger Pasta
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Lb Lean Ground Beef (I used 94% lean 6% fat)
1 Medium Yellow Onion, Chopped
3 Large Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 Can (28 oz) of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
1 Cup of Beef Broth
1 Cup of Water
1/4 Cup of Ketchup
1 Tbsp of Mustard (I used a spicy brown mustard)
1 Cup (8 oz) of Barilla Marinara Sauce
1 Box of Barilla Pronto Elbow Pasta
2 Cups of Cheddar Cheese, Grated
1 Small Tomato, Diced (to garnish)
Green Onions, Diced
Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to a large pot over medium heat.
Add the ground beef, onion and garlic. Stir until the meat has browned (3-5 minutes) making sure to break apart the meat.
Add the canned tomatoes and their juices (I diced the tomatoes), beef broth, water, ketchup, mustard, Barilla Marinara sauce, and Barilla Pronto elbow pasta. Put a lid on the pot and cook for 15 minutes.
Uncover the pasta and stir for a couple more minutes if any liquid remains until it is absorbed.
Stir in 2 cups of cheddar cheese.
Plate, and serve immediately, garnishing with chopped tomatoes and green onions.
I really can’t talk highly enough about Barilla Pronto pasta. This pasta really simplifies the cooking process, and anything that makes cooking easier is a gem in my book. But it’s not just me that thinks that! Consumers have voted Barilla Pronto Pasta the best new product in the category of food and beverage products for 2016 (Based on the 2016 BrandSpark/Better Homes and Gardens American Shopper Study of 38,000 voters nationwide. For more information visit www.BestNewProductAwards.com)
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