Got a pound of ground beef in your refrigerator but not sure what to cook with it? When you don't want to go the obvious route with the budget-friendly staple, like ground beef tacos, try some of these popular recipes from some of our favorite Food Network stars and celebrity chefs. You'll soon add Giada's soup, Ree Drummond's enchiladas, and more of these beefy recipes to your weekly dinner rotation.
Giada De Laurentiis: Classic Italian Soup
Giada's Italian wedding soup is the epitome of comfort food on a cold night. Giada uses a combination of ground beef for flavor and ground pork for fat, plus essentials like garlic and parmesan, so the meatballs are really juicy and delicious. When swimming in a bowl of chicken broth with leafy greens and more parmesan cheese, the Italian meatballs taste even better.
Ree Drummond: Quick and Easy Enchiladas
Quick and easy is the name of the game when it comes to Ree Drummond's beef enchiladas. The Pioneer Woman allows you to use a store-bought shortcut with canned enchilada sauce so that you can focus on assembling the enchiladas with seasoned ground beef, green chiles, green onions, black olives, and sharp cheddar cheese. They're simple, freezer-friendly, and perfect for feeding a crowd.
Ina Garten: Not Your Average Meatloaf
Ina Garten's meatloaf recipe is proof that this old-school dinner doesn't have to bore you to tears. Ina loads her meatloaf with worcestershire sauce, fresh thyme, breadcrumbs, chicken broth, tomato paste, and — yes! — ketchup, so that it's moist, flavorful, and satisfying.
Alton Brown: Meatballs With a Twist
No need to go to Ikea if you've got Alton Brown's Swedish meatballs recipe. Switch up the Italian standby by giving your meatballs an interesting twist with allspice, nutmeg, and a rich gravy made of beef broth and cream.
Sunny Anderson: Game-Day Eats
You'll be the real MVP on game day if you make Sunny Anderson's bacon, onion, and cheese-stuffed burgers. They're the perfect use for ground beef when feeding a crowd, and their mini shape makes them that much easier to share. Sunny's burgers are unique and easy to eat because all the good stuff (garlic, hot sauce, bacon, and sharp cheddar) is tucked inside the burger rather than piled on top.
Anne Burrell: Restaurant-Quality Pasta
Instead of resorting to classic spaghetti and meatballs with ground beef, try a pasta bolognese recipe instead. Your kitchen might be mistaken for a restaurant if you make Anne Burrell's recipe, which is cooked low and slow and fills your kitchen with the intoxicating aromas of garlic, onions, tomatoes, red wine, and thyme. Served over spaghetti, it's the perfect weeknight meal.