I must confess, my kids like Hamburger Helper! Since I enjoy cooking and I am trying to find ways to reduce processed foods in my kitchen, I have fallen in LOVE with this recipe. We call it “homemade Hamburger Helper” at my house, where both the adults and kids really enjoy this dish. Since this recipe freezes well, I often double it and freeze half! And be sure to stop by Eckert’s to purchase the ground beef — on Fridays only, through March, at the Country Store you get one free pound of ground beef when you purchase one pound at regular price. Limit two pounds free. Eckert’s ground beef is so delicious; my teenage daughter insists that I use only Eckert’s ground beef because she loves it so much!
Cheesy Beef and Penne
1 lb ground beef 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 2-¼ oz (approx 1/3 cup) chopped black olives 4 peperoncini peppers, chopped 1-½ cups chopped onion 1 large clove garlic, minced 15 oz tomato or marinara sauce (we recommend the Pomi label) 16 oz penne pasta