Are you tired of easy, fast, one-pot dinners yet? Of course not, how could you be! We’re big fans of pasta around here, especially ravioli, tortellini, and lasagna. (I prefer ravioli and tortellini because they take a lot less effort than lasagna and taste similar, depending on how you prepare it.)
Here’s a recipe for some yummy ravioli, all done in one (large) pot.
Got some cooked ground beef in your freezer? Thaw it out and toss it in the Dutch oven to heat it up a bit.
Take the beef out of the Dutch oven and stash it in a bowl for a little bit later. Drain the fat, if you need to. (Ours was lean enough that there was barely any grease to drain.)
Add some olive oil to the bottom of the Dutch oven, and saute 1 diced onion, 1-2 sliced yellow squash, and 2 minced cloves of garlic for a few minutes, until the squash is starting to get tender.
(This recipe originally called for mushrooms. I don’t like mushrooms, so I didn’t use them. I do like squash, and I have a bunch of those, so I substituted. Bell peppers would be good in this, too! Use your imagination!)
When the veggies start to get tender, add the beef back into the Dutch oven. Don’t worry if the veggies aren’t done, there is still plenty of cooking time left.
Then pour in two 26-ounce jars of pasta sauce, 1 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. I used garlic-herb sauce, but any flavor would work great in this dish.
This recipe calls for 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese to be added here. I completely forgot that part. I did add some fresh basil, so that counts for something! (For the record, it tasted great even without the extra cheese. But where can you go wrong adding extra mozzarella to any pasta dish?)
Here is the printable recipe card for you…
Free Printable Ground Beef Buyer’s Guide
Have you ever gotten confused at the grocery store when you’re trying to pick out ground beef for tonight’s dinner? We can help! This Ground Beef Buyer’s Guide has everything you need to know about buying ground beef, plus you can download a free printable cheat sheet to keep handy in your kitchen or your purse!
Tools for Cooking with Ground Beef
Every kitchen needs a few basic tools… These are ones that I use all the time when I’m cooking with ground beef!
- 5-Quart Saute Pan
- Mix and Chop
- 6-Quart Slow Cooker
- Instant-Read Digital Thermometer
- Probe-Style Digital Thermometer