Ah, the holidays. A time to pause and reflect on the wonder of the season. It’s the time of year we slow down to enjoy it all. Riiiight. I don’t know about you but as slow as it seems for December to get here, it feels like somebody throws the calendar on warp speed December 1st. Am I right? I’ve got concerts and fundraisers and parties and dinners thrown on top of all the regular things I do that don’t take time to pause and reflect, like work and my children’s extra-curricular activities. It makes me perfectly nuts.
Needless to say balls start to drop around here in a big way and the first thing to suffer is meal time. There are only two options this month, fast and delicious at home or take-out. There is no dawdling in the kitchen with labour intensive recipes because nobody has time for that. I have more pressing things to do, like finding time to slow down and enjoy it all for example. That’s why this Cheesy Beef Skillet Dinner from Campbell’s is a hit this month. It easily fits into the fast and delicious category and it allows me time to focus on more important things.
- 1 tbsp canola oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp steak spice
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 28 oz/796 ml can diced tomatoes
- 1 can Campbell's Low Fat Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 cups macaroni, cooked to al dente and drained
- 3 cups ages Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
- 1/4 cup green onion, chopped
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Crumble in ground beef, season with steak spice. Cook, breaking up into small pieces, for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned. Add onion, green pepper and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp.
- Stir in tomatoes, soup and mustard. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in cooked macaroni and 1 cup cheese until well combined.
- Sprinkle the top with remaining cheese and green onion. Cover and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Bump up the fibre in this recipe and stir in cooked whole grain macaroni.
Disclosure: I am part of the Campbell Company of Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.