Make this easy ground beef mix to use as a base for four delicious meals. You can freeze recipe-size portions to have on hand to create one of our four quick dinners. This unique beef mixture adds a wonderful creaminess to a variety of family-friendly dishes.
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3 lb (1.5 kg) Lean Ground Beef
2 tbsp (30 mL) canola or sunflower oil
2 onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
1½ cups (375 mL) milk or non-dairy fortified beverage
1 cup (250 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cook beef over medium-high heat in a large skillet or saucepan, stirring often and using back of spoon to break up meat into small chunks, for 10 to 12 minutes or until beef is browned and thoroughly cooked. Scrape into a colander and drain off excess liquid; set aside.
- Return skillet to medium heat and add oil. Cook onions and garlic, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk and cook, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes or until bubbly and thickened.
- Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Stir in cooked beef until coated well. Spread mixture onto a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet.
- Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until cold. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and scoop into sealable freezer bags; flatten out and seal bags, removing as much air as possible. Refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months. (Note: you can use portions of the mix right away if you wish; use hot and refrigerate the extras to package and store.)
Per Serving (1/16th recipe): 250 calories, 15g fat, 6g saturated fat, 65mg cholesterol, 110mg sodium, 4g carbs, 0g fibre, 2g sugars, 24g protein, vitamin A 3%, vitamin C 2%, vitamin D 2%, calcium 8%, iron 12%.
*Calcium = 75 mg per serving
Be sure to write the date you made the big batch on each bag before filling.
Thaw beef mix in the bag in refrigerator overnight or in the microwave on MEDIUM (50%) power or DEFROST setting before using in recipes.
Gluten-Free Variation: Omit flour in recipe. Add milk to onion mixture and bring to a gentle simmer. Whisk together 8 tsp (40 mL) cornstarch with 2 tbsp (30 mL) of cold water. Stir into pan and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until thickened. Continue with recipe.