One-Pot Ground Beef Pasta

One-Pot Ground Beef Pasta

This pasta dish will remind you of old-school Hamburger Helper, but it is revamped and filled with fresh ingredients and warm spices.  This pasta will stay good in the refrigerator for 5-7 days and makes great leftovers! It can easily be reheated in the microwave for 2 minutes. Sprinkle cheese and fresh herbs on top to brighten up the reheated dish!
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup  mushroomssliced
  • 1 cup oniondiced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 8 cups spinach leaves, torn (about 1 bag)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground oregano
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup red wine (or balsamic vinegar or extra beef broth)
  • 2 cups roma tomatoesdiced (or 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained)
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups macaroni noodles (I use gluten free)
  • 2 cups beef broth

Optional Toppings

  • ¼ cup parmesan cheesegrated
  • ¼ cup feta cheesecrumbled
  • 1 tbsp green onionsdiced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped

Directions:

  • Add the olive oil to a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add the ground beef, mushrooms and onion.
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, then add the garlic and spinach.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes, then drain any grease from the pot.
  • Add the cinnamon, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the red wine, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce into the pot.
  • Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the macaroni noodles and beef broth.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the noodles are tender and the liquid has cooked down.
  • Top with the optional toppings of your choice.