Skillet meals, or one-pan meals, are a great option for anyone who wants a full balanced meal the easy way. This one of mine is adapted from the recipe at the end of this article, as I've changed a few things over the time I've been making it. It's a hearty meal of ground meat, sauce, pasta, and veggies! This is always a hit in my family.
1 pound ground meat, beef or turkey
2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked (add as much of this as you like, you'll determine it when you add it in the end)
1 cup salsa (I use medium level spicy)
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can Rotel (10 ounces), or add something like this with tomatoes and green chilies
1 cup corn kernels, can be added fresh or from a can and drained
1 cup black beans from a can, drained and rinsed (or fresh if you feel like preparing them, but this is supposed to be easy)
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded, optional
1 avocado, sliced, optional
*I'm sorry I can't convert metric equivalents. I tried looking them up but realized I don't know what would be correct anyway*
1.) Brown the ground meat in a large skillet-type pan, such as a 3-quart size, as pictured below. Crumble up the meat into little pieces.
2.) In another regular pot (okay, so it's 2 pans in this recipe), boil water and cook the macaroni. Drain when done.
3.) Add the salsa, crushed tomatoes, sauce, and Rotel to the meat. Stir all together and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
4.) Add the corn and beans to the meat/sauce mixture and stir well. Let this simmer about 15 minutes.
5.) Add the cooked pasta to your skillet meal and stir well. You can add as much or as little pasta as you like, but 2 cups is a good ratio.
6.) Plate and add the optional toppings of shredded cheddar cheese and/or sliced avocado. Sometimes I add a side of tortilla chips or hot sauce on top. Enjoy!