A few weeks ago I shared with you my favorite comfort food as a kid, the Hamburger Pie. It consists of cheese and ground beef nestled inside crescent rolls or as I like to call it a “fancy cheeseburger.” The other day my husband suggested we make his mom’s famous cheese slop recipe, which was one of his favorite meals growing up. Cheese what? It’s essentially ground beef, pasta, and Velveeta cheese. It’s funny how one of his favorite childhood dishes has many of the same components as mine. My hubby took the lead in making it. (Thanks, love.) It’s a delicious ooey gooey cheesy dish full of meat and small pasta. Yea, this is definitely feel-good food.
Cheese Slop Recipe
(About 6 servings)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound piecey pasta (I used pipette pasta)
- 1 (15 ounce) can Italian seasoned tomato sauce
- 16 ounces Velveeta Original Cheese
- sprinkling of dark chili powder, topping
- In a skillet, cook the ground beef. Once cooked, drain the meat (removing the juice).
- In a large pot, cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
- Drain the pasta and put it back in the large pot.
- Cut the Velveeta into chunks.
- Add the meat, tomato sauce, and Velveeta to the pot of pasta. Stir to combine all of the ingredients together until the Velveeta is melted.
- Sprinkle the chili powder on top, to your personal dish.
Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
We all seem to be short on time so a quick meal is key. If a new recipe seems like it will take too long then I might not make it, especially on a week night. How does a 20 minute meal sound to you? Sounds perfect to me. You can cook the pasta and ground beef at the same time to save time (in separate pots of course).
This meal is super affordable and you probably already have all of the four ingredients on hand. Yup, you only need 4 ingredients! I’m loving that. My husband feels the chili powder isn’t optional so maybe 5 ingredients for him.
You don’t specifically need pipette pasta. Any small size pasta will work. As a kid, my husband’s mom often used this dish as a way to finish off multiple nearly empty boxes of pasta so the kind you use doesn’t even have to be just one shape. Once the pasta and beef are done, you simply mix all of the ingredients together.
Hello cheesy goodness! You’re pretty much guaranteed a winning dish when you know it has Velveeta cheese in it. I found myself scrapping the bottom of my bowl to make sure I got every last drop of cheese. Cheese makes everything better. 🙂
Unlike regular mac and cheese, this has a bit of tasty sauce in it too. Actually now that I think of it, this dish is a bit more like American Chop Suey with cheese in it.
It seems too simple, but it is truly an awesome tasting meal. You know the old saying, “less is more?” That’s definitely true here.
My husband likes to sprinkle dark chili powder on top to add even more flavor to the dish. (And he puts a good deal more of it on there than the picture below.) I prefer my bowl without it. To each their own. 🙂
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Source: Thanks mom-in-law for an awesome family recipe!
Comfort food is yummy. 🙂