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Thumb_15062_Simple Spaghetti And Meatballs

Thumb_15062_Simple Spaghetti And Meatballs

This is Claire's grandmother's classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe. She always made twice the meatballs she needed, because inevitably a few would get swiped from the pot before dinner. If you have any meatballs left, make a meatball sub the next day.

Thumb_9730_Texas Chili

Thumb_9730_Texas Chili

Here's a basic Texas chili recipe. It calls for beef, of course, and never beans. You can buy your beef pre-ground, but try pulsing cubed beef in a food processor until coarsely ground for fresher, tastier chili. The list of toppings is endless, but diced onion, sour cream and cheddar cheese are classic.

Thumb_14034_Bacon-Cheddar Burger

Thumb_14034_Bacon-Cheddar Burger

Choose a smoky, full-flavored bacon for this burger, which takes a traditional topping and mixes it right into the meat. The cheese in the burger helps form a crusty exterior, adding another layer of flavor. Read more about this recipe at the Washington Post.

Thumb_8334_American Meat Loaf

Thumb_8334_American Meat Loaf

A classic meatloaf can warm the heart as well as the belly - making this one in the center of a baking dish instead of a loaf pan gives it that wonderfully crispy crust all over, and lets some of the fat run off.

Thumb_5191_Beef, Cabbage And Rice Casserole

Thumb_5191_Beef, Cabbage And Rice Casserole

Doesn't this recipe sound good? It is. If you'd like some ideas about what to eat with it, click on the "goes with..." tab to the left. For the lowdown on ingredients, techniques and tools, click on "related tips."

Thumb_7298_Beef, Orzo And Cabbage Casserole

Thumb_7298_Beef, Orzo And Cabbage Casserole

We love to use orzo pasta instead of rice in casseroles. The pasta feels lighter than the rice and gives the casserole a more interesting texture. If you want to give the casserole a more Eastern European feel, add some caraway and mustard seeds.

Thumb_7298_Hungarian Beef And Cabbage Casserole

Thumb_7298_Hungarian Beef And Cabbage Casserole

The combination of cabbage and beef is both warming and filling, a perfect combination for a cold weather dinner. Serve this casserole as a one-dish meal or complement it with one of the dishes to the left. 

Thumb_9788_Beef, Bean And Chipotle Chili

Thumb_9788_Beef, Bean And Chipotle Chili

Here's a basic chili recipe with red kidney beans (which Texas die-hards would never add). You can buy your beef pre-ground, but try pulsing cubed beef in a food processor until coarsely ground for fresher, tastier chili. The list of toppings is endless, but diced onion, sour cream and cheddar cheese are classic.

Thumb_13991_Simple Shepherd's Pie

Thumb_13991_Simple Shepherd's Pie

Creamy homemade mashed potatoes top a simple mixture of ground beef and onions for this homey, hearty and relatively inexpensive meal. Read more about this recipe at hogwash.

Thumb_7872_Italian Wedding Soup

Thumb_7872_Italian Wedding Soup

Doesn't this recipe sound good? It is. If you'd like some ideas about what to eat with it, click on the "goes with..." tab to the left. For the lowdown on ingredients, techniques and tools, click on "related tips."