Posts Tagged ‘ground beef’

PostHeaderIcon Easy Lasagna Recipe

This is quite possibly the easiest lasagna recipe you’ll come across, and something we came up with based on our own experiences with easy lasagna recipes and our own preferences for ingredients.

Let me warn you though – this recipe for lasagna does NOT include cottage cheese, or any other type of fancy cheese. Just regular shredded mozzarella cheese. Why? Because we don’t care for any other kind.

So let’s get down to the lasagna recipe….

Easy Lasagna

1 pound ground beef, cooked
1 medium jar spaghetti sauce (your choice)
1/2 package lasagna noodles, cooked
1-2 bags mozzarella cheese, shredded

Cook your noodles and hamburger (separate, of course). Grease a large baking pan and layer it with noodles. Spread about half your spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle ground hamburger on top. Sprinkle cheese over hamburger to completely cover. Repeat with another layer. On your last layer, you should have just noodles and cheese.

Bake at 350* until cheese is golden brown (about 45 minutes).




The kids absolutely LOVE this lasagna, and it’s about the only type they’ll eat. Sometimes less is more, and that’s for sure the case with this particular recipe. Nothing fancy, and even some “normal lasagna” ingredients excluded to please everyone.


PostHeaderIcon Easy Dinner Ideas with Ground Beef

You’ve got a pound of ground beef. Now what to do with it? Here are a few of our favorite easy dinner ideas with ground beef:

This is our favorite meal around here, and it’s made on a regular basis. Not just any taco meat will do though! See our suggestions on cooking perfect taco meat.  If you have just a pound of hamburger, this is usually enough for 2 kids and 2 adults if your serving a few sides or load up on the toppings. The taco meat recipe can also be done with 2 pounds without problems.

Hamburgers or Beef Burgers
No duh right? But sometimes we forget that sometimes ground beef can be just ground beef. You can make it interesting by adding different sauces or veggies. One of my favorite restaurant meals is a hamburger with avocado and mushrooms. YUM!

Not a very complicated dish, and recipes are usually pretty easy to find. If your missing specific ingredients, there’s always room for improvising. Such as crackers for bread crumbs or adding your own special flair to the dish. If you need a basic meatloaf recipe, try this Amish meatloaf.

This ground beef dinner idea doesn’t have to be complicated either. Sometimes all we add is a can of beans (any kind on hand) and a can of Italian diced tomatoes. Really easy, really fast. Plus both the kids will eat it without complaints. You can add your own ingredients and really get to experimenting with this too.

That’s it! Pretty simple right? If you have any easy dinner ideas with ground beef you’d like to share, please feel free to leave your comments!

PostHeaderIcon Beef Stroganoff Made with Ground Beef

beef stroganoff recipeHave I mentioned before that I’m a simple cook? Beef tips isn’t something I keep on hand. It’s one of those things I only get if I’m planning to cook something in particular. So when I was looking for beef stroganoff recipes and coming across ones that didn’t use ground hamburger, I was getting a little frustrated.

A few weeks ago I had bought a box of hamburger helper (beef stroganoff). Totally not like me to make something out of a box, but it sounded good. Hamburger helper I’ve never used, and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever had beef stroganoff either. It was so easy, I just knew it wouldn’t be hard for me to duplicate or find a recipe for.

Anyway, after searching and coming up empty handed I decided to come up with my own recipe. I was a bit nervous and tried to duplicate the instructions from that box, adding a few “fresh” ingredients that had been in powder form the last time I made it. It came out absolutely PERFECT, and the kids LOVED it! It may not be an exact beef stroganoff recipe from others you’ve had, but it’s still very good (and VERY easy). So here’s the recipe…….

Beef Stroganoff Made with Ground Beef

1 lb hamburger
1 8oz package egg noodles, uncooked
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk, but I’m sure regular milk would be fine)
1 tsp chives
Garlic Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Cook hamburger, then add the rest of the ingredients. Cook over med high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool and eat!

I’m all for hamburger recipes that don’t use more than one pan and take less than an hour! Plus of course I always have hamburger on hand, so I can see this is going to be one of our favorites. 😉