I want to share some recipes and leftover hacks I’ve come up with. I don’t particularly love to cook, but I do feel pride when I come up with my own recipes and the family likes it. Hopefully you and your family will love these.
Easy Hamburger Pasta Dinner
It was way past supper time and I hadn’t even thought about what I was going to cook. I went in the kitchen thinking I’d make chili dogs with homemade chili. Well, I found the recipe and I didn’t have all that I needed, so I thought I’d make tacos but the tomato was rotten and I didn’t have lettuce, sour cream, etc. Can you tell my cupboards are pretty bare right now? 🙂
I went to the pantry and looked around. I had dry onion soup, chicken broth, a jar of mushrooms, and some pasta. In the fridge I had hamburger and broccoli. Hmmm, what could I do with all that?
Well, I browned the hamburger, drained it and added the soup and some broth. It cooked together for a few minutes and I added the mushrooms, juice and all, and some rotini. Then broccoli florets, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a splash of milk. I let it simmer about 20 minutes. It was still a little runny, so we ate toast with it to sop it up.
It was unbelievable how good this stuff was; very rich, but comforting and savory. I was so pleased with myself. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough! And I was so excited I forgot to take a picture for the blog. Lol
Ideas & Leftover Hacks
I often come up with hamburger meals like this, similar to Hamburger Helper, just throwing in whatever we’ve got available. I also do the same with chicken at times. It helps to use up things that are going to go bad otherwise.
It’s hard for me to give measurements because a lot of the time I come up with new recipes on the fly and just add whatever is on hand. Sometimes I’ll add frozen peas and corn to the hamburger and pasta, and some type of cream soup. Here’s a link for some recipes I came up with for pot pies.
I found a recipe online for an Italian sausage dish the other day. I wanted to share the link, but of course, now I can’t find it. There wasn’t any Italian sausage in the fridge, but there was breakfast sausage, so I used that instead. The recipe called for a box of frozen spinach, which I’ve had in the freezer forever, so this helped out. I love using leftovers and saving money in the kitchen! Here’s a post on ways to save money around the house too, if you’re interested.
And vegetable soup, I’m sure you guys can relate. I never make my soup the same because it depends on what I’ve got on hand. One day I had leftover creamed corn and mashed potatoes. I went ahead and added those to it and it was great!
I’d love to hear about some of the recipes you have come up with and tips on saving money and/or time in the kitchen!