Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chuck Wagon Beef and Pasta Skillet

     If you like barbecue sauce you'll love this quick and easy one pot pasta dish.  Perfect for camping and the kids will scarf it down.  Saute the beef, onion and pepper over a full spread of coals, add the sauce then cover with as many coals on the lid as you'll need to keep it at a steady simmer, maybe 18-20.  As I was waiting for the pasta to cook this hen came sauntering up to my dutch oven, she must have been attracted to the aroma of hickory steaming from the pot. I found this simple and tasty recipe here online.

Chuck Wagon Beef and Pasta Skillet
1 lb. ground beef
1 small red or green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 14 1/2 oz can beef broth
1 1/2 cup uncooked wagon wheel or rotini pasta
1 cup prepared hickory flavored barbecue sauce
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cheddar or Colby cheese, finely shredded

     Lightly oil or spray a 10 inch dutch oven.
     Brown beef, bell pepper and onion over a full compliment of coals; drain.
     Stir in broth, pasta, barbecue sauce and water.  Cover with as many coals as will bring liquid to a boil.  Simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is almost tender.  Uncover and continue to cook over bottom coals for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is cooked completely and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle with cheese before serving.  Serves 4.

Brown beef with pepper and onion

Add water, barbecue sauce and broth; cover and cook for 15 minutes

A surprise dinner guest

Uncover and continue to cook until sauce has reduced and thickened

Sprinkle with cheese, good tasty chuck


  1. Hello again Liddy, I know I've been posting a lot lately and I've been thinking you may be wondering if I'm really cooking all these recipes or just making stuff up. Well I am currently between employment and so am filling some of my time cooking, so yes I am actually making the recipes I'm commenting on!

    Made up this one tonight and, drumroll.....big thumbs up from me and the taste testers. And for once I didn't make any changes to the recipe. Cooked it up just as you said. I used KC Masterpiece Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ sauce. It had a slightly sweet taste which I liked. Oh, I couldn't find any wagon wheel pasta so I used "fiori" shape, which means "flowers" in Italian, so I guess I did make a slight change.

    This one does require a bit of coal management to keep things bubbling along properly. I made this in my 12" and might just throw in a half cup water next time because of the bigger oven.

    Once again thank you for the recipe! K.C.

  2. Thanks again for another great report K.C., sounds like you're making the best of your free time. I'm sure your family is loving all these dutch oven dinners. Glad you liked the recipe, I love one pot pasta dinners where you don't have to cook the pasta beforehand, easy clean up too. Keep up the great work! Liddy