Thursday, November 19, 2020

Cheesy Beef and Noodles

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 When it comes to food, undoubtedly comfort means something different to everybody. For me, comfort means ground beef, cheese, and pasta; it can be in red sauce, cheesy white sauce, beefy gravy, you name it. Any combination of the above works. I seem to be (aren't we all?) perpetually in need of comfort, so I made this combination for dinner tonight. It wasn’t a recipe; just a variety of things that I had on hand and thought would blend well in a one-pot meal. I was right. Be liberal in following these directions if you are in the mood for a warming bowl of comfort. Use what you have on hand. Deepen the flavors with portobello mushroom powder if you have it, and you will be in for one comforting and delicious, family friendly meal.

A Bowl of Comfort:
Cheesy Beef and Noodles

1 lb. ground chuck
2 large
Melissa’s shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ c. strong, brewed coffee
1 ½ c. water

2 c. beef broth
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
½ t.
Montreal Steak Seasoning
½ t. chili powder
½ t. smoked paprika
¼ c.
tomato paste

1 t. sugar
2 c.
campanelle pasta

Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh mozzarella cut into cubes
1 c. shredded cheddar
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Brown ground chuck, shallots, and garlic in a skillet until the meat is no longer pink. Drain fat and return to pan. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle liberally with cheeses, slide into the oven and bake until the cheese melts, 8 to 10 minutes.



Angie's Recipes said...

A comfort meal at its best! I need some too :-)

Gina said...

This looks perfect for fall!

Linda said...

Gosh Pattie this looks so good with that cheese melted on it. I love that you do things I wouldn't think about doing, like cutting the mozzarella cheese into cubes. It makes it look so enticing. Also letting the pasta cook in with all the other ingredients. WE used the last of our ground beef yesterday so this is on the list to try after Thanksgiving. By the way I bought some Melissa's shallots and love them. I was thrilled to find them in Walmart. It's probably only the second time I've cooked with shallots. I think my husband was shocked when I bought a little package for more than I'd pay for a big onion - lol!