Hamburger Mac and Veggies

Hamburger Mac and Veggies similiar to Ratatouille

Hamburger Mac and Veggies

My hubby is always amazed at the recipes I create on the fly right out of the pantry.  Yesterday he asked, “How did you decide to make this dish?”  “I said, I had defrosted some hamburger over the weekend and had thought to make grilled burgers or sloppy joes, but I did not have any buns” Because burgers and sloppy joes are no-good without buns I changed my direction. 

I had some vegetables, part of a can of spaghetti sauce that needed to be used.  So, because I had these ingredients I decided to make a Ratatouille style meal in one pot.

He was awestruck!    

Thinks I have a gift!    No wonder I love him. 

It turned out to be a huge pot of food enough for many….My hubby joked that we should have invited the missionaries over for dinner. There was so much.  Good thing he likes leftovers.

 It got me thinking…

How many of you cook from the inspiration of ingredients on hand?  Or do you need a recipe as your inspiration and then go find the ingredients?  Hmmm… Interesting Question?

What do you think?  Well, this recipe inspiration came right out of the refrigerator.

Hamburger Mac and Veggies an Rataouille style 1 pot meal.

Easy Steps for Success

Use a large fry pan or dutch oven on the stove top is the easiest way to make this recipe.  

Brown the onion, peppers with the hamburger made it so you don’t have to add any additional oil.

Be patient and let all the ingredients meld the flavors together.

Add beans, macaroni for a little extra protein especially when you don’t have a lot of hamburger.

Whether you are inspired to cook with ingredients you have on hand or have to plan ingredients for each recipe your family will be awestruck too!

Basic cooking usually is the best cooking!


Hamburger Mac and Veggies
Serves 8
Easy one pot meal using ground meat and vegetables
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
262 calories
28 g
39 g
9 g
17 g
4 g
287 g
788 g
6 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 39mg
Sodium 788mg
Total Carbohydrates 28g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 6g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 onion, diced
  3. 1 bell pepper, diced
  4. 2 cups zucchini, diced
  5. 1/4 head cabbage, sliced
  6. 1 tsp black pepper
  7. 1 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  9. 1 cup macaroni
  10. 1/2 cup water
  11. 1 14 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
  12. 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  13. 2 cups whole stewed tomatoes
  14. 1/4 cup shredded cheese for garnish
  1. Brown ground beef with onion and pepper until onion is translucent. Break hamburger into medium chunks. Add vegetables and seasonings. Add macaroni, beans, tomatoes and water. Cook until macaroni is done. Sprinkle cheese over the top as a garnish.
  1. Substitute yellow squash, corn, green beans etc for the zucchini and cabbage if wanted.
Adapted from Ratatouille
Adapted from Ratatouille
Pantry Friendly Cooking

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LeAnn teaches cooking classes throughout the Salt Lake City area. Recently featured in Taste of Home Magazine, runner up in the Cache Valley Cheese Signature dish contest and Winner of Better Recipes Best Blogger Potluck Recipe. Created customed recipes for Hi Grade Meats to use in their promotions, She has been a frequent guest on Good Things Utah, featured chef on Studio 5, the CW 30 and at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Show. She recently auditioned for the Fox 13 show Master Chef. She hopes her passion and love of cooking will inspire you to cook from your pantry and create your own cuisine traditions. Her cookbook "Pantry Friendly Mexican Cooking is available at She is currently working on a 2nd book titled Pantry-Friendly Anti-Aging Cooking and a video series called Cook Away Hunger.

2 Responses to “Hamburger Mac and Veggies”

  1. January 6, 2015 at 3:14 pm #

    I agree with your husband…pure genius! This looks really good. When I am planning my meals every month I like to make sure I get all the use out of what I am buying. I hate when I buy something (especially veggies) for one meal and then they just sit and rot in the fridge.

    • January 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm #

      Sydney I am so glad you feel the same way. I hate to waste veggies and fruit! They are so expensive.

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