I think we all crave different kinds of comfort foods throughout the year. This recipe is one of our go-to’s when both my husband and I are needing something quick and easy, but we do not take out or a drive-thru. This noodle dish is the epitome of comfort food and best of all, it is full of flavor and quick!
We normally have the ingredients we need to make this dish, the only thing that requires planning is the hamburger. We either need to pull it out of the deep freeze or run by the grocery store. Either way, it is easy to throw this all together. If you are looking for a true one-pot meal, you can adapt this recipe.
Butter. Noodles. Hamburger.
Instead of cooking the hamburger in a separate pan, cook it in the stockpot and then pull it out and drain the hamburger. In the same stockpot add the water, boil the water then cook the noodles according to the directions below.Jump to Recipe
Butter makes everything better!
It will take you more time to boil water than to put this entire dish together. I am sure you noticed the fine china that we were dining on that evening. I know, paper plates are terrible to use. Sometimes it makes it just life easier, we needed one less thing to do tonight. It is easy to always have everything look perfect online, but tonight was about making something easy. Life is not perfect and some nights neither are we so we do the best we can.
- 1 lb Penne Or whatever you have on hand
- 1 lb Hamburger
- 2-3 tbsp Worschestire Sauce
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 stick Butter (Salted)
- Salt, optional
- Boil water in a large stockpot. Once water starts to boil add pasta and cook to package directions.
- Brown Hamburger, salt and pepper to taste
- Once noodles are cooked drain pasta and then return it to pot. In the same pot add the entire stick of butter, Worschetire, Onion Powder and Garlic Powder. Toss to combine with pasta.
- Once Hamburger is completely browned, add to the stockpot. Toss with pasta to combine and make sure that everything is well coated.
- Taste and make sure you you do not need to add salt. With the salt in the butter and Worschestire sauce it is normally salty enough for us, but I know some people like a little more.
This also works great as leftovers! Sometimes we garnish with Parmesan cheese if we have some on hand. I also like to add in some green beans or carrots if I want to feel like I am not eating so terrible. In order to save dishes, I add green beans and carrots in with the pasta water. I like mine with a little crunch left so I drop them in about 3-4 minutes before the noodles are finished cooking. It saves a pot and the salty pasta water also gives the veggies a little bit of flavor.
I hope this dish brings you some comfort and a full belly. I know we are trying to be good and eat healthy, but sometimes it is just what we need!