Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wintertime Pasta Comfort Food Recipe

Gluten-free Winter Comfort Food!
aka Hamburger Hotdish

When our daughter and SIL from Texas were here for a couple days, I made this recipe, one of my favorite wintertime meals. It seems it was one of theirs too, which is always nice. Their stay here was cut short by the weather forecast. None of us wanted to be on the road when the storm hit. They arrived in Green Bay just in time for the Great Blizzard of 2012. So even though I try to convince them that they need to move back to Wisconsin (for completely selfless reasons, of course), I'm pretty sure their house in Texas won't be up for sale any time soon.

Hamburger Tomato Pasta Recipe:

Cook 3 c. Tinkyada Penne Pasta according to package directions. Do not overcook. It can go from perfect to mushy in a minute, so be careful and test a noodle now and then as it's close to the recommended time. Drain.

2-3 T. olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 pounds 93% lean ground beef
3 ribs celery, sliced fine
1 large onion, diced
1 large sweet red pepper, diced
1 small-med. jalapeno pepper, minced
2 qt. home-canned tomatoes, drained OR a couple 15 oz. cans tomatoes drained and cut up
1 can black olives, drained and sliced
1-1 1/2 cans black beans, drained
1-2 T. chili powder
sea salt
black pepper

Chili Powder recipe:
(Because I used fresh garlic in the main recipe, I did not use garlic powder here)
cumin  2 t.
garlic powder  2 t.
paprika   1 t.
oregano  1 t.
cayenne  1 t.

In a very large skillet, brown ground beef (or ground turkey), garlic, onion, celery, and peppers in olive oil. 

Add drained tomatoes, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to temperature. Stir in pasta, black olives and black beans. Bring to temperature.

At this point, this mixture can be scooped into a casserole dish and baked at 350 for a half hour or so...
or just eaten immediately.

Serves appx. 8.


I am hoping to get to your blogs today. Glad I can stay indoors and not be out in the weather! Hope you're staying warm - out of the blizzard!


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Trace4J said...

Oh yum comfort food.
I would love some for breakfast.
Your spritz cookies look so yum.
Any tricks to spritz?
Mine seem to always stick in tube:(.
Be careful in the blizzard.
Send some my way please.
Woolie HUGS

Terri D said...

That is the kind of dinner I was raised eating! I love anything pasta and made in one pan. Yum. Unfortunately for me, Joe was not raised that way, and (unless starving) refuses to eat casseroles of any kind. This made me very hungry, however!!!

MadSnapper said...

i would love it. looks divine from here. glad you can stay inside and not get out in the snow. i am safe way far away from the snow...

Unknown said...

Ohhh, that recipe looks good enough to eat-about to go check my cupboards to see if I can make it today in the midst of this blizzard.
I appreciate the chili powder recipe-all the cooking I do and yet I've never made my own-maybe another project today.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas!
This recipe looks delicious; we especially love olives in dishes like this.

Bossy Betty said...

Looks SO good! Save me some! I'll be right over. (I am actually a vegetarian, but I could make this with the fake hamburger and I think it would be delicious! Thanks for the recipe!)

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Yes, indeed, we all crave a little comfort food when the weather is icky.

Ruth Kelly said...

It looks a bit like what we call goulash.

Parsley said...

Looks yummy and warm, perfect for a cold evening.

Paulette said...

On my list to make, I like black olives and was excited to see them in this recipe. Snow has not hit Kenosha as of yet but we are waiting for the white stuff to fall this evening. Keep warm and safe.

Chatty Crone said...

Judy this looks like one of the best meals I've ever seen - I am putting it on Pinterest file. Love it. sandie

Ladies Holiday said...

Comfort food...yum :) Merry, Happy :)

Denise said...


20 North Ora said...

This sounds like the perfect meal for a cold winter night. Thanks for sharing.


Unknown said...

Boy is the wind howling out here tonight, but I think you took all our snow again. We do have a dusting, and that is helping my Christmas spirit perk up. Your pasta dish looks delish and the perfect way to ward off all this nasty wind chill going on outside.

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Michelle said...

This looks yummy and perfect this time of year. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote.

Lois Christensen said...

I love simple pasta dishes and this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!


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