If you're in search of a tasty yet filling meal, but short on time, this delicious homemade beef and noodles combo can be prepared from a few everyday pantry items which you're almost sure to have available. It's one of our favorite ground beef skillet recipes for a quick lunch, meal prep for the week, or a late supper on the weekend. If you have ground beef, noodles, and a few vegetables, you can whip up this in just a few minutes.
Ground beef and noodle recipes are a favorite with home cooks who want to use up ingredients from the back of the pantry. They are so versatile that you can add almost any combination of frozen or canned vegetables and the pasta casserole will still taste great. Check out two popular alternative ground beef pasta recipes below:
If you'd prefer a spicier noodle skillet dish, you can mix in a few spices with your ground beef while it is browning. Taco seasoning mix is popular, but if you don't have the ready-made version, you can make your own. You'll need powdered cumin, powdered cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder paprika (smoked is best), and chili powder.
Mix about a tsp of each spice in a small bowl and use 2-3 tsp of the mixture for each pound of beef. You can increase this if you like an extra kick. Instead of using chopped parsley to garnish, try using freshly chopped cilantro leaves if you have them.
If you don't eat beef, you can still enjoy this quick and simple dinner with a couple of substitutions. Instead of using ground beef, pick your favorite beef substitute. Vegetable or soy protein-based ground "meat" can be found in most major supermarkets pretty easily. You'll also need to check that the soft cheese and the canned tomato soup you use are vegetarian friendly.
For the vegan version, you can leave out the cheese altogether and instead use silken tofu, or alternatively use a nut-based cheese. And of course, the same care should be taken in choosing the brand of tomato soup to use.