One of my favorite recipe sources is the More with Less Cookbook.
This is one of the first recipes I tried when I purchased it several years ago. It's easy to make, tastes mighty good, and hits the frugal factor. =)
Boil pasta in salted water. Drain and set aside until later.
Chop up one small onion and two stalks of celery. If you have children who don't like "chunks" of vegetables, you can substitute onion powder and omit the celery.
In a shallow stock pot (5 quart is just the right size), cook the onions, celery and ground beef with a bit of salt and pepper.
When the vegetables are tender and the meat is no longer pink, add diced tomatoes, corn, and cooked pasta.
Turn the heat down to Low and let it simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. Top each serving with a sprinkle of shredded cheese for an extra bit of flavor. Yum!
Here's the best part ... Mr. K's lunches are done for the week!
HAMBURGER HELPER HOME-STYLE
Boil 2 cups crinkly pasta or noodles in salted water - drain and set aside.
Brown in a skillet & drain off extra fat if needed:1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Add to skillet when beef is browned:
1 can corn or peas
1 can diced tomatoes (I like to use the basil-oregano ones for extra flavor)
Cooked and drained pasta
Simmer uncovered 15 minutes to blend flavors.
Sprinkle each serving with shredded cheese or Parmesan cheese.