If you're stumped about what to make for dinner, having a pound of ground beef in the fridge or freezer will most definitely help you to figure it out. The affordable protein is a pantry staple for us since it can be transformed into so many simple, crowd-pleasing meals. These five recipes are proof of ground beef's power. Even better, these recipes only require one pot or pan, so cleanup is sure to be a breeze.
This one-pot wonder comes together in under an hour, thanks to just a handful of simple, quick-cooking ingredients. The best part is that it calls for Greek yogurt, instead of the usual sour cream, which is useful since it's usually an ingredient we already have on hand.
This comforting soup is filled with all sorts of good things like diced tomatoes, wilted escarole, pasta, and, of course, tender beef meatballs. You'll definitely want to make a double batch and freeze half.
Inspired by a takeout favorite, this quick and easy recipe features ground beef that's cooked until the edges are nice and crispy, stir-fried veggies, and a sweet and savory orange sauce. The only other thing you need to make it a meal is some fluffy rice.
This dish is comfort food at its very best. It's sure to make the whole family happy! The pasta is cooked right in the beef and tomato sauce mixture, which means this is truly a one-pan affair.
5. Sloppy Joes
This classic sloppy Joe sauce freezes incredibly well, so it's worth tucking some away for another day. Leftovers also make an amazing pasta sauce, if you're looking for a way to reinvent it.