Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper is an easy and delicious dinner that tastes amazing and is just as fast to make as the boxed version…only made with real ingredients! This is one of my go-to, weeknight ground beef recipes that I just love. Ready in a flash and cooked in only one pan, too.

big spoon of homemade hamburger helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper | The Easiest Dinner Ever

I really like having these fast “I don’t have to think about it” dinners in my back pocket. While I never really grew up eating the boxed Hamburger Helper, I certainly enjoyed my fair share in college. But now that I’m a mother, I definitely can appreciate the point of a fast dish like Hamburger Helper, but much prefer making it homemade. And, funny thing is it doesn’t take that much longer to make it from scratch and it tastes waaaayyy better.

What is Hamburger Helper?

Hamburger Helper is an easy boxed pasta dish that you can find in the grocery store next to the boxed mac and cheese. It usually comes with dry pasta and a seasoning packet which you then cook with meat (usually ground beef).

pouring tomato sauce into pan over macaroni

Main Ingredients Needed

Okay I admit, this list is long, but this recipe could not be any easier! Here’s everything you’ll need to make homemade Hamburger Helper:

  • Olive Oil – this is used to cook the ground beef and onion.
  • Ground Beef + Onion – I used a 93/7 blend of ground beef and yellow onion, but you could just as easily use a white onion or ground turkey.
  • Elbow Macaroni – you can use whatever shape of pasta you’d like, I just kept it classic by using macaroni.
  • Beef Broth – this helps cook the pasta while still providing flavor.
  • Tomato Sauce – this is the base of the sauce.
  • Milk – this also helps cook the pasta while keeping things creamy.
  • Garlic Powder, Chili Powder + Ground Mustard – some seasonings to give it that classic Hamburger Helper taste.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – another flavoring agent, a little goes a long way!
  • Salt + Pepper – and don’t forget to season as you go, these make everything better.
  • Cheddar Cheese – you can make this as cheesy (or not) as you’d like.
  • Half & Half – or use heavy cream. This really makes the sauce creamy and dreamy.
  • Parsley – this is a garnish and is optional.

Can You Make Hamburger Helper without Milk?

Yes, you sure can! While the milk adds a creamy flavor and I’d suggest using it, there are other ingredients you can add that could be considered good substitutes:

  • canned evaporated milk
  • nonfat dried milk whisked together with water, according to package directions
  • almond milk
  • coconut milk
  • extra beef broth + 1-2 tablespoons butter

If you love Homemade Hamburger Helper, try these other ground beef + pasta recipes:

cooked hamburger helper in skillet

How to Make Homemade Hamburger Helper

For full details on how to make Homemade Hamburger Helper, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Cook Ground Beef + Onions

In a large skillet with deep sides, heat olive oil over medium heat. Brown onions and ground beef, breaking apart as it cooks.

Create Sauce and Cook Pasta

After onions are tender and ground beef is completely cooked, add in macaroni, beef broth, tomato sauce and milk. Add in spices, Worcestershire sauce and plenty of salt and pepper. Stir well and cover. We are going to cook the pasta in the broth/sauce mix we just created. Bring it to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer, stirring every 5 minutes or so to help prevent sticking and scorching. This should take 10-12 minutes total, depending on how long it takes for your pasta to cook.

Add Half & Half + Cheese

After your noodles are completely cooked through and sauce mostly absorbed. Stir in half & half and grated cheddar cheese. Taste, adjust seasonings, top with parsley and serve.

homemade hamburger helper on white plate

What to Serve with Homemade Hamburger Helper

An easy dinner needs an easy side dish or two! Here are some of my go-to’s. With pasta, I love adding salad or some kind of cooked veggie. And garlic bread is always delicious.

big spoon of homemade hamburger helper

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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Homemade Hamburger Helper has tons of delicious flavor minus all of the chemicals and preservatives found in the boxed version!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword hamburger helper, homemade hamburger helper
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 608kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef 93/7
  • 1 1/2 cups onion diced
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese or more
  • 3/4 cup fat free half and half or heavy cream
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet with deep sides, heat olive oil over medium heat. Brown onions and ground beef, breaking apart as it cooks.
    cooked ground beef and onions in skillet
  • After onions are tender and ground beef is completely cooked, add in macaroni, beef broth, tomato sauce and milk.
    pouring milk into skillet for homemade hamburger helper
  • Add in spices, Worcestershire sauce and plenty of salt and pepper. Stir well and cover. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer, stirring every 5 minutes or so to help prevent sticking and scorching.
    adding Worcestershire sauce to skillet
  • After 12 minutes*, your noodles should be completely cooked through and sauce mostly absorbed.
    cooked hamburger helper in skillet
  • Stir in half & half and grated cheddar cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings.
    adding grated cheese into homemade hamburger helper
  • Top with parsley (optional) and serve hot.
    homemade hamburger helper in large skillet

Notes

*Your cook time with vary based on the pasta you’re using. Check the packaging for estimated cook times.

Nutrition

Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 3mg

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Crock Pot Lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna has all of the rich zesty flavors, creamy cheese, and tender, juicy ground beef found in a traditional lasagna recipe!

The slow cooker is an easy way to prepare this favorite and let it cook all day while you’re away. Nothing is as good as a ready meal after a busy day.

close up of plated Crock Pot Lasagna

An Easy Crockpot Meal

We love any and all Crockpot recipes, but this one has a special place in our kitchen!

  • This recipe is easy to put together and no pre-cooking the noodles required.
  • It’s great to make ahead (even the day before) and cook while you’re out or at work.
  • It’s the perfect entrée to add to a potluck or dinner party since all you need to do is plug the Crockpot in to keep it warm.
  • It’s versatile, too, and can easily be changed up with other favorite lasagna ingredients.

ingredients to make Crock Pot Lasagna

Lasagna Ingredients

3-CHEESE FILLING Traditional lasagna uses ricotta cheese, but cottage cheese works. Cottage cheese can sometimes produce a bit more liquid. Parmesan adds flavor while mozzarella makes it gooey and cheesy.

SAUCE This easy ground beef version uses a marinara sauce that’s already seasoned, but we add some of our own homemade Italian seasoning. If you have the time, you can make your own easy marinara sauce, too! If you have leftover meatsauce, that can be used too.

OPTIONAL ADD-INS

      • Add some fresh or frozen spinach to the cheese mixture.
      • Layer in cooked veggies like peppers or mushrooms.
      • Swap half of the ground beef for Italian sausage.

Crock Pot Lasagna ingredients in bowls

How To Make Crockpot Lasagna

Let the slow cooker do all the work for this delish dish!

  1. Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic. Add sauce, tomatoes, and seasonings.
  2. Combine cheese filling.
  3. Layer cheese mixture, meat sauce, and noodles until the final layer is pasta sauce topped with cheese.
  4. Cover and cook per recipe below.

process of adding layers to pot to make Crock Pot Lasagna

Important Tip

Once cooked, be sure to let the lasagna rest with the lid ajar for at least 30 minutes (or up to 40 minutes). This allows it to cool slightly and the layers to set up.

What To Serve With Lasagna

Lasagna doesn’t need much more than a fresh, crispy salad and garlic toast! Here are a few of our favorites!

Salads:  tossed salad, Italian salad, Caesar salad

Breads: homemade garlic bread, dinner rolls, French Bread, no knead bread

top view of Crock Pot Lasagna

How to Store Leftovers

Lasagna keeps very well in the refrigerator for about 4 days. Make sure it is covered tightly. Sprinkle a little extra mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on top and reheat in the microwave.

As with any lasagna, this recipe freezes well!

Lasagna Recipes

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close up of Crockpot Lasagna with bread and a slow cooker in the back

Crock Pot Lasagna

Crockpot Lasagna is an easy set-it-and-forget-it meal that tastes just like the oven version. Layers of lasagna noodles, meat sauce, & loads of gooey cheese make an unforgettable Italian favorite in the slow cooker!
Course Beef, Casserole, Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 611
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles uncooked
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated

Sauce

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 15 ounces petite diced tomatoes
  • 36 ounces marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Cheese Filling

  • 24 oz ricotta cheese or cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large saucepan until no pink remains. Drain fat.
  • Stir in sauce, diced tomatoes with juices and seasoning. Simmer 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Meanwhile, mix cheese filling ingredients.
  • Spread 1 ½ cups sauce in the bottom of a 6 qt slow cooker. Top with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles (break them to fit in the slow cooker as needed).
  • Create layers of cheese mixture, sauce, and noodles. End with pasta sauce and finally top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Cover and cook on low for 3 to 3.5 hours or until pasta is cooked through (the edges will be brown and crispy). Turn the slow cooker off, open lid slightly to allow steam to escape and let rest 30 minutes to set.

Notes

Layering order (you may or may not be able to fit 3 whole noodles on each layer depending on the shape of your slow cooker):

1.5 cups of sauce- 2 ½ to 3 noodles- 1/3 of cheese mixture 

1.5 cups of sauce- 2 ½ to 3 noodles- 1/3 of cheese mixture

1.5 cups of sauce- 2 ½ to 3 noodles- 1/3 of cheese mixture

remaining sauce – mozzarella

Be sure to let the lasagna rest uncovered at least 20 minutes (or up to 30 minutes). This allows it to cool slightly and the layers to set up.

Nutrition

Calories: 611 | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 1271mg | Potassium: 975mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1437IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 561mg | Iron: 4mg

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Crock Pot Lasagna in the air fryer and and plated with a title

 

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Leftover Ham Balls

Ham balls are a great recipe, the perfect way to enjoy leftover ham!

Savory ham and pork meatballs in a quick zesty sauce. These make a great meal served over rice or even an appetizer for snacking on! Pop some into a hoagie sandwich with cheese and onions for a new favorite!

close up of Ham Balls on rice

What are Ham Balls?

This recipe comes from an old church cookbook I have, it’s been around for ages. Ham balls are similar to a ham loaf but in meatball form!

Ham is finely diced (or processed in the food processor as you would for a ham salad) and combined with ground beef, pork, onions, and seasonings.

They’re baked in a simple (shortcut) sauce and great served over rice.

ingredients to make Ham Balls in bowls

Ingredients and Variations

MEAT Our recipe uses a 1:1 ratio of beef and pork, and then a full cup of ground ham, which makes this a great recipe for using up leftovers.

SAUCE The sauce is simple and zesty. Using condensed tomato soup makes the sauce a little bit creamy. For a sweeter flavor, add some pineapple juice!

ingredients to make Ham Balls in a glass bowl

How to Make Ham Balls

Ham balls are as easy to make as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Cook onion in butter until tender.
  2. Place ham in the food processor and process until it is crumbled.

shredding ham to make Ham Balls

  1. Mix ham ball ingredients & form into meatballs.
  2. Place meatballs in a casserole dish, spaced evenly.
  3. Cover with sauce & foil, bake per recipe instructions, turning once.

Ham Balls on a casserole dish

Leftovers

  • Baked ham balls in sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days as long as they are covered. Simply reheat them in the microwave.
  • Freeze ham balls with the sauce in zippered bags with the date written on the outside. They will keep for about 6 weeks.

So Many Meatballs!

Did your family love these Ham Balls? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

close up of Ham Balls on rice

Ham Balls

These juicy Ham Balls are flavorful & easy to make. Serve as an appetizer or as an entree over rice with our homemade sauce!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Entree, Ham
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 562
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ½ onion finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound lean ground pork
  • 8 ounces ground ham about 3 cups, see note
  • 1 egg
  • cup bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • teaspoon ground black pepper

Sauce

  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook onion in butter for 5-6 minutes or until tender. Cool completely.
  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • Combine ham ball ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form into 1″ meatballs and place in a 9×13 pan.
  • Spread sauce over the meatballs, cover and cook 30 minutes.
  • Uncover, flip meatballs over and cook an additional 20-25 minutes or until sauce is thickened and meatballs are cooked through.

Nutrition

Calories: 562 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 159mg | Sodium: 1312mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 471IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 4mg
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Ham Balls in a dish with a title
Ham Balls with rice and writing
Ham Balls in a casserole dish with writing
Ham Balls in a dish and on rice with a title

Adapted from Riley, Ethel. “Ham Balls.” Circulation Service. Rapid City, SD, 1990. 86. Print.

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Easy Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers seem fancy but it’s an easy way to serve peppers! Tender bell peppers stuffed with a zesty ground beef, sausage, rice, and tomato filling. Top it all with cheese and bake until bubbly. 

Serve these with a fresh salad and some crusty bread (for sopping up any sauce).

Stuffed Peppers in clear glass baking dish

Ingredients

Stuffed Bell Peppers are easy to make and everyone loves them!

  • MEAT We fill these with a mixture of beef and sausage but you can use one or the other (or even ground turkey if you prefer)
  • RICE I use long grain white rice but I do sometimes replace the rice with Cauliflower Rice.
  • SAUCE Use your fave marinara sauce or pasta sauce. Add in some herbs (fresh if you’ve got them) and onions. If you like a little heat, stir in some chili flakes.

Peppers for Stuffed Peppers

While I used green peppers in this recipe, any color bell pepper (red/yellow/orange) will work just fine. The peppers do have different flavors so it can depend on your personal taste preference.

  • Green peppers are a bit zestier and we love the flavor with the filling mixture.
  • If you like sweeter peppers, red, yellow, or orange are great options.

Stuffed Pepper recipe ingredients in a pot

How to make Stuffed Peppers

My friends often ask me how to make stuffed bell peppers and my response is always the same – it’s so easy! While these may look difficult, if you follow these easy steps, you will have perfect stuffed peppers every time!

  1. Brown meat, onion, and garlic (per recipe below). Add tomato sauce, rice and seasonings and cook until rice is tender.
  2. While the filling is cooking, prepare your peppers by simmering 5 minutes to soften or even bake them in the oven for 15 minutes if you’d like.
  3. Fill peppers with pasta sauce, meat and rice mixture. Top with cheese and bake until bubbly!

I usually cut my peppers across the top but you can also cut them top to bottom to make smaller portions (like in these Mexican Stuffed Peppers).

Do You Have to Pre-cook the Peppers Before Stuffing Them?  No you don’t have to precook the peppers, but they do stay quite crisp if you don’t pre-cook them. I think they’re better if you pre-cook them a bit.

Stuffed Peppers in baking dish with tomato sauce

How Long to Cook Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers should be cooked at about 350°F for about 45 minutes. Be sure to cover with foil during the initial 30-35 minutes to ensure they do not dry out. Uncover and top with cheese and bake for the remaining 10 minutes or so until brown and bubbly.

Great Sides

This dish goes well with a fresh salad and bread. Here are some favorites:

Stuffed Pepper being lifted out of baking dish

Make Ahead & Leftovers

Stuffed peppers can be frozen and they are a great make-ahead meal!

To Freeze Stuffed Peppers prepare and bake as directed below. They can be frozen individually or together in a baking dish. To re-heat, simply thaw in the fridge overnight and bake in a 350°F oven until heated through.

Stuffed Pepper being lifted out of baking dish

Stuffed Peppers

Tender bell peppers stuffed with a zesty beef and rice filling with tomato sauce are baked until bubbly.
Course Beef, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 385
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can small diced tomatoes 14 ½ ounces
  • ½ cup white rice uncooked
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 ½ cups marinara sauce divided
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut the tops off the peppers (reserve the tops), remove seeds and membranes and discard. Chop tops of the peppers to add to the filling.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook peppers 5 minutes. Remove and drain well.
  • In a large skillet, brown beef, sausage, onion & garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat. 
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes with juice, rice, 1 ¼ cup water, diced pepper tops, Worcestershire sauce, and Italian seasoning.
  • Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cover. Cook 15-20 minutes or until rice is tender. You can add more water if needed. Stir in ½ cup marinara sauce.
  • Place 1 ½ cups of marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Fill each pepper with the rice mixture. Spoon remaining marinara sauce over peppers.
  • Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes. Remove foil, baste peppers with any sauce in the bottom. Top with cheddar and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and peppers are tender.

Video

Notes

If you firmer/tender-crisp peppers, skip the boiling step and bake as directed.

Nutrition

Calories: 385 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 933mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 4255IU | Vitamin C: 166.8mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.7mg

 

 

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Air Fryer Meatloaf

Air fryer meatloaf is so juicy and cooks in a fraction of the time and clean up is a breeze.

This meatloaf contains a mixture of meat & seasonings and its topped with a delicious zesty topping!

sliced Air Fryer Meatloaf

Why Make Meatloaf in the Air Fryer

A classic meatloaf is a favorite meal and we love this air fryer version for a quick weeknight dinner.

  • this can baked in about half of the time compared to an oven recipe.
  • the fat drips away into the pan so the meat doesn’t cook in the fat.
  • this makes 2 smaller meatloaves so they’re easier to handle (and you get more of the crispy edges)
  • cleanup is a breeze (I have the Cosori 5.8QT XL and a quick rinse and it goes into the dishwasher

No Air Fryer? No problem!

ingredients to make Air Fryer Meatloaf

Ingredients

MEAT We use lean ground beef (80/20), however, a combination of ground beef and ground turkey or pork can work just as well.

VEGGIES Finely diced bell pepper, onions, parsley, and garlic add flavor.

BINDER & SEASONINGS Breadcrumbs are mixed together with milk and egg yolk, Parmesan cheese, and a handful of Italian seasoning.

Ingredient Info

The topping in this recipe contains chili sauce (which is not spicy) and ketchup and it’s my favorite part of meatloaf.

If you’ve never had chili sauce, it is like a very zesty tangy ketchup with tons of flavor. It’s amazing combined with BBQ sauce and put on burgers and ribs.

process of making Air Fryer Meatloaf

How to Make Air Fryer Meatloaf

Air fryer meatloaf is a super quick and easy way to put a delicious meal on the table, and it takes just a few easy steps!

  1. Mix all of the ingredients, shape them into two equally-sized loaves (per the recipe below).
  2. Place meatloaves in the air fryer basket & cook for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add topping and cook an additional 15 minutes or until the meatloaf reaches 165°F.

Remove meatloaves from the air fryer & allow to rest 5 minutes before slicing.

close up of Air Fryer Meatloaf in the air fryer

Recipe Tips

  • Don’t overmix the meat, mix just until combined.
  • Preheat the air fryer before adding the meatloaf.
  • Air Fryers can vary so be sure to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meatloaf and ensure it reaches 165° F.
  • Check the meatloaf early to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Add more time as needed.
  • Rest the meatloaf before slicing so it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Keep leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and reheat in the air fryer or the microwave.

Air Fryer Faves

Did your family love this Air Fryer Meatloaf? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

sliced Air Fryer Meatloaf

Air Fryer Meatloaf

Juicy & tender, this Air Fryer Meatloaf is easy to make and full of flavor.
Course Air Fryer, Beef, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 340
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ green bell pepper finely diced
  • cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup onion* finely diced, see note
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Topping

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Mix all meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl just until combined.
  • Divide the mixture into 2 and shape into small meatloaves, about 5″ long by 2″ wide.
  • Cook in the air fryer for 20 minutes.
  • Combine topping ingredients in a small bowl. Add topping and cook an additional 5-7 minutes or until meatloaf reaches 165°F.
  • Rest 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

For a milder onion flavor, fry the onion in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Cool completely before adding.

Don’t overmix the meat, mix just until combined.

Preheat the air fryer before adding the meatloaf.

Air Fryers can vary so be sure to use an instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meatloaf and ensure it reaches 165° F.

Check the meatloaf early to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Add more time as needed.

Rest the meatloaf before slicing so it doesn’t fall apart.

Nutrition

Calories: 340 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 4mg
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Air Fryer Meatloaf in the air fryer and sliced with a title
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One Pot Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Spaghetti

One Pot Cheesy Ground Beef Taco Spaghetti

Taco spaghetti is a mashup of two kid favorites! Imagine spaghetti topped with all your favorite taco fixings. So. Dang. Good!

If you’re obsessed with our cheesy southwestern soup, then you’ll love this ground beef version– And if you looooove both, you’ll go insane for this taco spaghetti version!!

Our daughter loves “the soup” so much that I’m always trying to find a new way to use those flavors, and on a whim this last winter I made it into spaghetti and the kids went nuts!

A cast iron skillet filled with cheesy ground beef taco spaghetti. A serving spoon is in the spaghetti and the dish is topped with melted cheese, tomatoes, olives, green onion and cilantro. Lime wedges are on the table next to the skillet.

I love it most of all because it’s good for any season. So maybe you don’t feel like soup in the summer but you can always eat spaghetti!

You are basically making a Mexican casserole by taking taco filling and piling it up on top of cheesy spaghetti. Pasta topped with meat and cheese and whatever your favorite toppings might be. Winner winner, taco spaghetti for dinner!

Ingredients for Taco Spaghetti

Here is your grocery list for this kid friendly meal:

  • Ground Beef
  • Garlic
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Water
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Spaghetti
  • Salsa Con Queso Dip
  • Colby Jack Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tomato
  • Green Onions
  • Olives
  • Cilantro

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card down below.

A bowl of cheesy ground beef taco spaghetti. It has spaghetti, ground beef, cheese, green onions, tomatoes, olives and cilantro. A lime wedge is on the edge of the bowl and two forks are near the bowl.

How to Make Taco Spaghetti

I know that the clean up after cooking a meal can be almost as daunting as cooking the meal itself. That’s why I love finding meals that can be all cooked in one pot. The cleanup is a cinch and the dish is one that the whole family will love. Here are the basil steps:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a dutch oven over medium high heat and remove any excess grease.
  2. Add the garlic.
  3. Stir in the taco seasoning, then add the water and simmer.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, spaghetti and water. Bring to a boil until the pasta is soft.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the pasta is done and the water is gone.
  6. Remove from the stove and add the queso.
  7. Top with the shredded cheese and broil for a few minutes.
  8. Top with your favorite taco toppings and serve.
More detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card below.
A cast iron skillet filled with cheesy ground beef taco spaghetti. It is topped with cheese, olives, green onion, tomatoes and cilantro.

What to Eat with Taco Spaghetti?

This recipe can totally be a meal by itself, but if you want to add a side dish or two, here are some possibilities:

Variations on Taco Spaghetti

This is dish is super versatile. You could really use any type of pasta you have on hand. It would be great with bowties or penne. If you want to go low carb, you could use spaghetti squash instead of pasta. And if you’re looking to reduce fat, you could swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or chicken. Make it your own, friends!

A cast iron skillet filled with cheesy ground beef taco spaghetti. There is melted cheese, olives, green onions, tomatoes and cilantro on top and a lime wedge is next to the skillet.

How Long Will Spaghetti Keep?

Spaghetti will keep for up to 5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Cooked Spaghetti?

You can freeze left over spaghetti. Make sure it was cooked just to al dente, cool completely, place in an airtight container and freeze. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat according to the instructions below.

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How to Reheat Spaghetti

Spaghetti can be zapped really quick in the microwave for a single serving. To reheat in the oven, place in an oven-safe dish and cover tightly with foil. Then bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

How Long Will Spaghetti Keep In The Freezer?

Spaghetti will keep for about  3 months in the freezer.

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Ok, let me count the reasons this taco spaghetti rocks the block…kid friendly, one pot, ready in less that 30 minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight, easy cleanup, versatile, and the whole fam is going to love it!

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Course 100 + BEST Easy Beef Recipes for Dinner, 50 of our Best Easy Pasta Recipes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 648kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies Ro-tel, 10 oz.
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 8 oz. Spaghetti
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Salsa Con Queso Dip
  • 1/2 Cup Colby Jack Cheese Shredded
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese Shredded
  • 1 Tomato Diced
  • Green Onions For Garnish
  • 2 Ounce Can Sliced Olives
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro Chopped

Instructions

  • Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Drizzle in a little oil and add the ground beef, cooking until browned and broken into bits, about 5 minutes. Drain off any grease and return the pan to the heat. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 minute.
  •  Stir in the taco seasoning then the water and bring to a simmer for 3 minutes, turning the heat to medium.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, spaghetti and 3 cups of water. Bring back to medium high heat to bring to a boil until the pasta is soft enough to push under the water then cover and reduce to a simmer and cook until pasta is cooked and water is all gone, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the queso.
  • Heat the oven to broil. Top the pasta with the two cheeses and place under the broiler until melted.
  • Sprinkle with tomato, chopped green onion, olives and cilantro and serve!

Notes

will keep in the refrigerator for 5 days

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 648kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1026mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1530IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 5mg

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Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Classic Shepherd’s Pie

Regardless of what you call it, a classic Shepherd’s Pie, Shepards Pie or Cottage Pie, it is basically a casserole with a layer of cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked in the oven until the mashed potatoes are well browned. Cheese Optional (but you definitely should say yes to the cheese!).

A casserole dish containing shepherd's pie with one spoonful removed and the serving spoon resting in the dish. You can see hamburger, carrots, and peas in the pie and it is topped with mashed potatoes, and melted cheddar cheese. There is a few parsley leaves on top.

Hope for the Picky Eaters

Betcha won’t be surprised to hear that I had a love/hate relationship with Shepherd’s pie growing up. Mashed potatoes were my thing for sure and that extra melty cheese on top totally made me a happy girl. But then there was that ground beef underneath. Oh how I hated the texture!

With time I learned that ground beef is affordable, delicious and makes for much quicker and easier meals. I totally get why Shepherd’s Pie is a quick and easy dinner idea for families and the perfect dinner to take to a new mom or sick friend. 

Famous Shepherd’s Pie Recipes

There are a lot of easy shepherd’s pie recipes out there that call for less of a sauce and instant mashed potatoes, but I prefer more flavor so I’ve taken some nods from Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s pie and Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherd’s pie recipes for this one. 

A serving of shepherd's pie on a white plate with a fork resting beside it. You can see the rich ground beef and vegetable filling, the mashed potatoes on top, and the yellow melted cheddar cheese topping it all.

What Is Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherd’s Pie is a type of savory pie that is sort of an old fashioned food that’s hearty and filling.

The base layer is a simple a mix of ground beef (or lamb) and vegetables that is all simmered in a saucy gravy. Then, it’s topped with mashed potatoes that form a golden crust on top. Some people add cheese on top too, and my answer to cheese is always a yes!

A casserole dish of shepherd's pie. A serving has been removed so you can see the ground beef, carrots and peas in the filling. It is topped with mashed potatoes and melted cheese with a few parsley leaves on top.

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Shepherd’s Pie?

Ok, don’t get worried about this list. It may look a little long at first glance, but it’s mostly vegetables that need dicing and seasonings/herbs:

  • Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Garlic
  • Onions (yellow)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Salt
  • Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • Flour
  • Tomato Paste
  • Beef Broth
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Peas (frozen)
  • Parsley (fresh)
  • Thyme (fresh)
  • Rosemary (fresh)
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese
Here is a photo of all the ingredients so you can get a good visual.

A table top with containers of ground beef, onions, chopped red and green peppers, spices, peas, and broth.

How to Make Shepherd’s Pie

Before I tell you how to make shepherd’s pie from scratch let me tell you about the meat:

You can use lamb or ground beef. I almost always use ground beef just because it’s cheaper and my kids prefer it. Ground beef is an easy meat to cook and it’s family friendly.

Ok, here are the steps:

  • Cook the mashed potatoes and set aside.
  • Cook the ground beef using a beef chopper to break up the meat. It’s a MUST HAVE kitchen product.

A casserole dish containing browned ground beef.

  • Add the onions, carrots, garlic and celery, cooking until tender.

A casserole dish filled with browned ground beef, onions, peas, and carrots.

  • Add seasonings and flour and then the liquids, cooking until thickened. 

A casserole dish filled with browned ground beef, carrots, peas, onions and celery.

  • Put in the remaining ingredients and then place in a casserole dish.
  • Top with potatoes and bake. 

A casserole dish filled with shepherd's pie filling and topped with mashed potatoes. There is a spoon resting on top.

  • Top with cheese and stick it back in the oven for a few minutes for the cheese to melt. Enjoy!

A casserole dish containing a baked shepherd's pie. It is topped with melted cheese and parsley leaves.

I’m always a little hung up when I get done making a casserole. I mean, technically I just covered the food groups in one pan but it totally doesn’t seem right to just plop out one dish and not have a side. In case you ever end up in the same dilemma…

What Goes With Shepherd’s Pie?

How Long Will Shepherd’s Pie Keep?

Freshly baked Shepherd’s Pie will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator if tightly covered with foil.

A serving of shepherd's pie on a white plate with a fork beside it. There is a napkin and a casserole dish in the background.

Shepherd’s pie is such an amazing dish to bring to a new momma or sick friend. But I especially love it so prepare for an upcoming need. Like, if your friend is pregnant and already chasing two kids, try dropping off a frozen casserole that she can use on the day she feels overwhelmed. Here’s a few tips.

Can Shepherd’s Pie Be Frozen?

Shepherd’s pie can be frozen after baking or prior to baking.

  • After baking: Bake as stated in the instructions, then cool and cover tightly with plastic wrap and then foil.
  • Before baking: Assemble everything directed except for the cheese. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and then foil.

Shepherd’s pie can be frozen for up to 2 months as long as you have tightly wrapped the dish in saran wrap and foil.

How Do You Reheat Frozen Shepherd’s Pie?

Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour, tenting with foil and adding any cheese at the end so it doesn’t over cook.

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Can Shepherd’s Pie Be Made With Chicken?

Shepherd’s pie can be made with chicken, but I’d recommend sticking to ground chicken or shredded chicken breasts.

It can be made with a variety of meats other than ground beef, like a ground turkey or ground elk.

Can You Make Shepherd’s Pie Ahead of Time?

You can make shepherd’s pie ahead of time.

Prepare it up to the point of baking, cover tightly and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 day before baking.

A serving of shepherd's pie with carrots, peas and ground beef for filling, topped with mashed potatoes and melted cheese. There is a fork resting on the plate and a napkin and a small container of salt next to it.

Vegetarian Shepherds Pie

As I’m finishing this shepherds pie I’m curious if anyone out there would be interested in a vegetarian version? 

I’d love to hear your thoughts as it takes a lot of time and effort to create a recipe but I really think a vegetarian version could be so, so good! 

 

This dish is so hearty and filling but full of comfort. I mean, what’s more comforting than creamy mashed potatoes and saucy ground beef and vegetables? Classic shepherd’s pie is on the menu this week!

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Shepherd’s Pie is basically a casserole with a layer of cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked in the oven until the mashed potatoes are well browned. Cheese Optional
Course 100 + BEST Easy Beef Recipes for Dinner, All Your Favorite Fall Recipes to Warm up to, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 714kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 2 Cloves Garlic chopped
  • 2 Onions yellow, finely chopped
  • 2 Carrots finely diced
  • 2 Stalks Celery finely diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato paste
  • 1 1/3 Cups Beef Broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Cup Peas frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme fresh,finely chopped or 1/4 teaspoon dry
  • 1 teaspoon Rosemary fresh, finely chopped or 1/2 teaspoon dry
  • 4 Cups Mashed Potatoes  
  • 3/4 Cup Cheese cheddar, shredded

Instructions

  • Make our favorite mashed potatoes. You need about 4 cups of mashed potatoes to top off the casserole, set aside.
  • Heat the oil over medium high heat in a large, deep skillet. 
  • Add the beef and cook until browned, using a beef chopper to break up the meat and all the meat juices have evaporated. 
  • Add the garlic, onions, carrots and celery and continue cooking until the veggies soften.
  • Sprinkle the salt, paprika, pepper and flour over the pan, cooking for 2 minutes, stirring often. 
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring all the time, until it smells rich (about 1 minute).
  • Pour the broth and Worcestershire over the meat and veggies, scratching the browned bits off the bottom. Bring to a boil and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated and a thick gravy has formed.
  • Stir in the peas and herbs. Check for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed then spread in a 7×11 baking dish and set aside until cooled.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  •  Spread the mashed potatoes over the cold filling gently so that they don’t mix together. 
  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes or until golden, adding the shredded cheese the last 10 minutes.

Notes

Freshly baked Shepherd’s Pie will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator if tightly covered with foil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 714kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 978mg | Potassium: 1440mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 5943IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 4mg

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Cheeseburger Sliders

Cheeseburger Sliders

These cheeseburger sliders are the perfect Super Bowl party food. They are cheesy, beefy and so juicy – everything we love about cheeseburgers, and so easy to make!

They are great for feeding a crowd and can be made ahead so all you have to do is pop them in the oven right before the game. Hot gooey cheeseburgers for everyone! No grilling, no forming individual patties, no cutting all the typical hamburger toppings. Are you catching my vision here?!

A panful of cheeseburger sliders. The cheese is oozing from the rolls and you can see ground beef and chunks of tomatoes.

Not a football fan? No problem! These are the best for birthday parties, New Years Eve parties, Father’s Day, a get together with friends, or just a quick dinner for the fam! Mini cheeseburgers are a hit for kids and adults.

Ingredients Needed for Cheeseburger Sliders

Here is your grocery list for the mini burgers and the sauce that goes on top:

Sliders

  • Ground Beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Ground Mustard
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Yellow Onion
  • Garlic
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Dinner Rolls (or your favorite store bought brand)

Sauce

  • Butter
  • Mayonnaise
  • Brown Sugar
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Sesame Seeds
The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.
A panful of cheeseburger sliders. There is melted cheese oozing from the rolls that are sprinkled with sesame seeds.

How to Make Cheeseburger Sliders

I mentioned how easy these are to make, so now I’m going to prove it…

  • Preheat oven.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Slice your rolls in half lengthwise and place the bottoms in the baking dish.
    • PRO TIP: Packing them in tight in a smaller pan (rather than a cookie sheet) helps keep the liquid from sinking to the bottom and making the bottom buns soggy.
  • Add the ground beef and onions to a large skillet and cook until browned. Drain any excess grease.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir.
  • Spread the beef mixture over the rolls. Top with the cheese slices. (Swap the cheese and beef mixture if you are making the sliders ahead of time, cheese down first)
  • Add the roll tops.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the remaining ingredients for the sauce.
  • Pour the sauce over the rolls and bake.

The more detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

A plate of cheeseburger sliders. The cheese is oozing out from the buns.

Make Ahead Mini Cheeseburgers

To make these mini cheeseburgers ahead of time, I like to put the cheese on the bottom buns and then add the meat mixture. It helps keep the bottom rolls from getting too soggy. Complete the sliders as instructed, but don’t pour the sauce on the top until right before baking.

Stick the prepared sliders in the refrigerator and cover with plastic wrap. Add a few extra minutes to the cooking time when you go to bake them.

What Rolls to Use for Slider Buns?

If you want to make buns from scratch, I like to use our classic dinner rolls recipe. They hold up great as slider buns.

Buying store bought dinner rolls works great too and saves time. Our favorite brand is King’s Hawaiian rolls.

A cheeseburger slider filled with ground beef, melty cheese and chopped tomatoes. there are other sliders in the background.

What to Eat with Cheeseburger Slider Buns?

These mini burgers make great appetizers, but if you are making them a main dish, you might want a side or two. You can use any of your typical hamburger sides. Here are a few of our favorites:

Some hot french fries are always on my menu when hamburgers are being made!

Variations on Cheeseburger Sliders

These are so easy to switch up and augment to make them your own. Feel free to change the type of cheese, add pickles, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, or anything that you enjoy on your cheeseburgers.

I wouldn’t recommend adding lettuce because it gets all soggy and gross when it bakes. And let’s be honest, no one likes hot lettuce!

A pan of cheeseburger sliders. There is hamburger, and melted cheese on golden dinner rolls.

What are Sliders?

Sliders are small sandwiches on a bun, usually baked with a sauce poured over the top. Think mini hamburger!

Why Make Sliders?

Sandwiches are like the best things ever! They are like a whole meal all in one perfect little package. Sliders are just mini sandwiches, so you can eat more than one and not feel guilty! The bread to meat ratio is even better than in a full sized sandwich, and they can be eaten for dinner or for an appetizer.

A cheeseburger slider on a plate. The golden roll is packed with ground beef, melted cheese and copped tomatoes.

How Long Will Mini Burgers Keep?

Sliders can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How Do You Reheat Sliders?

Cover with foil and reheat in a 350 degree oven for about 12 minutes.

Can Mini Cheeseburgers Be Frozen?

Mini cheeseburgers can be frozen, and it is easier to reheat frozen sliders if they are frozen individually. Wrap each slider well and freeze for up to months.

Don’t add the sauce when you’re freezing them. Make and add the sauce just before baking.

Stick the frozen sliders in your baking dish and thaw in the fridge overnight or sit them out at room temperature for a half hour or so before baking.

A panful of cheeseburger sliders. There is ground beef, chopped tomatoes and melted cheese on the buns and the buns are topped with sesame seeds and sauce.

It’s time for football (or a birthday or NYE or Thursday night dinner), which means it’s time for these cheeseburger sliders! They are so juicy and flavorful! They come together in no time and everyone is going to be coming back for more…because you can’t ever stop at just one slider!

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Course 100 + BEST Easy Beef Recipes for Dinner, Fixing Lunch with Sandwich Recipes that Aren’t PB&J
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 383kcal

Ingredients

Sliders

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Cup Onion yellow, diced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 10 oz. Diced Tomatoes drained
  • 12 Slices Cheddar Cheese
  • 12 Dinner Rolls Sliced Opened

Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. spray a 9×13” pan with nonstick spray and set the bottoms of the rolls inside the pan. Set aside. 
  • In a large skillet over high heat, add the beef and onions and seasonings. Cook, stirring often with a ground beef chopper until browned and the onions are tender. Drain any excess grease. Add the tomatoes and stir well until combined.
  • Spread the mixture over the roll bottoms and top with cheese slices. 
  • Place the roll tops over the cheese. 
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and stir in the remaining sauce ingredients. 
  • Pour the mixture over the rolls and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, tenting with foil if needed. 

Notes

Note – adapted from Kevin and Amanda
 
Leftovers can be frozen.  Wrap separately and freeze.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 578mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 3mg

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