Italian Helper

  • prep time30 min
  • total time 30 min
  • serves 4 - 6
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis Giada Entertains

Giada updates a classic hamburger noodle dish with mascarpone and spinach.

33 Ratings
Directions for: Italian Helper


Kosher salt

1 lb(s) elbow macaroni

8 oz ground beef sirloin

8 oz sweet Italian sausage, casings removed

¼ cup olive oil

2 shallots, diced

1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed

1 ½ cups tomato puree, such as Mutti

2 cups freshly grated Parmesan

¼ cup mascarpone

2 cups baby spinach, torn


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 2 minutes less than the package directions, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sirloin and sausage and cook, breaking up the meats with the back of a wooden spoon, until cooked through and browned, 6 minutes. Stir in the shallots and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Deglaze with the tomato puree, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for another 4 minutes.

3. Add the macaroni to the sauce, sprinkle the bare pasta with the Parmesan and mix well. Stir in the mascarpone and spinach and cook an additional 3 minutes, until the sauce is creamy and the spinach wilted.

See more: Pasta, Beef, Cheese, Main

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