This is one of those meals where everything gets cooked in the same pot. So get out your largest non-stick frying pan and lets startcooking!
This recipe is from my friend Cristen Jones, a registered dietitian from the Boston area. I’ve adapted the recipe just a bit for the startcooking crowd.
You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1 cup of chopped onion
- 1 can (15 ounces) of Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (15 ounces) of diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 cups of beef broth
- 2 cups of bow tie pasta
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- 2 cups of broccoli
The beef, onion and broccoli are the only fresh ingredients you need for this recipe. Buy the rest of the ingredients in advance and just stick them in your food cupboard. Then when you are stuck thinking about what to make for dinner, you can have that “Ah Ha” moment and just pick up some ground beef, broccoli, and an onion!
Get all your ingredients prepared and measured in advance.
1. Rinse and drain the beans
3. Wash and cut the broccoli into bite size pieces also known as florets
4. Measure out the spices
5. Reconstitute the bullion cubes-you will need 2 cups of broth
With the stove set to medium, add the beef and the onions to the pan. (If you froze your ground beef when you got home from the grocery store, you can defrost the beef really quickly in the microwave.)
Brown the meat until the beef is no longer pink-about 6-8 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the broccoli.
Mix everything together.
Cover the pot and turn the heat up to medium high. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer. And cover the pot.
Simmer everything for about 10-12 minutes.
Lay the broccoli on top and re-cover the pot.
In about 3-5 minutes your broccoli will be nice and tender. Be sure not to over cook the broccoli as it will turn a nasty shade of green if you do!
Give it a taste. You may want to add more salt and some freshly ground pepper. You could also add some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if you like.
As this dish sits, almost all of the liquid gets absorbed.
If you are making recipe the day before you plan on eating it, be sure to steam the broccoli just before you serve it.
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