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Do you have a pound of ground beef? Then you’ve got dinner! Here are two pantry-friendly recipes that can be made ahead and make great leftovers!

Homemade Hamburger Skillet

Makes 6 servings

Total time: 30 minutes


2 Tbsp. olive oil

½ yellow onion, minced

1 pound ground beef

Salt and pepper, to taste

½ tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. paprika

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

12 ounces elbow pasta (uncooked)

2 cups beef broth

2 cups milk

½ cup shredded cheese, such as cheddar, pepper jack or Mexican blend

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)


Heat a large skillet or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add oil, onions and ground beef. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika. Sauté ground beef until crumbled and cooked through, about 7 minutes. Add tomato paste and stir to combine. Add pasta, broth and milk. Stir and let cook until pasta is tender, about 11 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese.

Nutrition information per serving: 469 calories; 17 g fat; 5.8 g saturated fat; 60 mg cholesterol; 290 mg sodium; 49 g carbohydrate; 2.2 g fiber; 6.1 g sugar; 29 g protein

Sloppy Joes

Makes 4 servings

Total time: 25 minutes


1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 cup onion, diced

1 cup bell pepper, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound ground beef

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 Tbsp. yellow mustard

¼ tsp. red pepper flakes

½ tsp. chili powder

¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic. Sauté until tender, about 4–5 minutes.

Add ground beef and cook until browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet and stir to combine.

Continue cooking until the sauce has thickened and warmed through.

Nutrition information per serving: 251 calories; 12 g fat; 3.8 g saturated fat; 71 mg cholesterol; 553 mg sodium; 10 g carbohydrate; 1.8 g fiber; 4.5 g sugar; 26 g protein