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Servings: 5 servings
This HamBULKer Helper is a weight gain friendly meal prep with over 1,000 calories per dish to help you easily get in the energy you need to grow muscle. A combination of pasta, beef, potatoes and cheese make up the bulk of the calories but this meal still includes a decent serving of vegetables too.Print Recipe Pin Recipe
- 2 lbs (908 g) ground beef 85/15
- 1 medium (200 g) onion
- 4 medium (227 g) carrots
- 4 stalks (112 g) celery
- 3 medium (500 g) potatoes
- 12 oz (340 g) elbow pasta gluten free if needed
- 14.5 oz (411 g) petite diced tomatoes canned
- 6 oz (170 g) spinach
- 1 tbsp (15 g) minced garlic
- 2 cups (480 g) 2% milk
- 3 cups (720 g) chicken broth
- 1 cup (112 g) shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup (60 g) grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup (68 g) ketchup
- 1 tbsp (3 g) dried basil
- 1 tsbp (6 g) paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
For the Beef
- In a large stock pot over medium high heat, add the beef and allow it to brown and the fat to render off.
- Once browned, remove it from the pot, keeping all of the fat that was rendered off inside the pot. This will be used to cook the vegetables.
For the Vegetables
- While the beef is cooking, wash and cut the onion, carrots, and celery into a small dice of roughly the same size. Grate the garlic. Cut the potatoes into a medium dice of about ½" cubes. Roughly chop the spinach into smaller pieces.
- Once the beef has finished and only the fat remains left in the pot, add in the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Season lightly with salt to encourage the water to come out quicker. Allow this to brown and soften for 8-10 minutes.
- Once the vegetables have softened, season with 1 each of dried basil and paprika.
- Add in the potatoes, 2 cups of milk, 3 cups of chicken broth, 1 can of petite diced tomatoes, the beef and 12oz of elbow pasta.
- Bring this mixture to a light boil, stirring occasionally then reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes have softened and the noodles have finished.
- Test the potatoes for doneness by sticking a fork into them. Once they have softened, add in 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese, ¼ cup of ketchup, and all of the spinach you chopped earlier.
- Mix well to incorporate the cheeses and wilt the spinach. Taste test, season with salt and pepper to adjust flavor as needed.
- This recipe makes 5 servings. Divide the mixture of the pot evenly 5 ways.
Calories: 1000kcal | Carbohydrates: 94g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 42g
The information in the following table are estimates for the total nutrition of the recipe, as written. If you follow the recipe listed above, as written, you can use these tables to determine the nutrition information if you wanted to split the recipe, as written, into more or less servings than what is originally listed. If you update the number of servings in the “Servings” field of the recipe above, the information in these tables are no longer accurate as you have updated the ingredients.
This Post Has 29 Comments
So good! I added a bit more basil and paprika to really amp up the flavor, and ended up adding the meat back in after the potatoes and pasta were partly cooked. Yum!
thank you, glad you liked it 😎
Delicious recipe, but how big does the container need to be for it?
Easiest 1k calories ever! Gonna try the cheeseburger Mac for this week
10/10, just started watching your stuff and been looking to put on weight with some hi cal meals, this is the one.
This was great! Any tips on how to not burn a layer of pasta/veg to the bottom of the pot?
Hmm, i didnt have this issue. I guess just stirring every few minutes would help
I’m sure there’s simple math here but in hopes that it’s already been done for me, how can extend these portions from 5 servings to 7?
I created an account and found out that you’re able to adjust the servings and it automatically updates the recipe for you. Thank you very much!
I was skeptical about this recipe. I guess it’s cause it’s a mess of ingredients haha. Sorry josh. (I did for-go the ketchup) But WOW was I wrong. It was delicious. I love eating this.
glad you liked it!!
please stop talking no one cares about your opinion lisa
This was absolutely delicious! Colorful and flavorful!
thank you 😎
Doesn’t say to re add the ground beef although it may be obvious. Great recipe.
whoops, fixed it
Looks like it’s missing the step where you add the meat back in, which I missed because I didn’t watch the video first. Unless I missed something.
whoops, fixed it
Just made this one for the week, perfect, I made these the night before. So when I ate them, the flavor had soaked into the noodles. I like that I can add seasoning afterward (garlic and onion powder for me), because there is nothing like ruining a meal after just spending all that time preparing it. Thank you so much for these recipes.
This looks really delicious and I’d love to try it buuuuuut I am definitely not looking to gain weight. Would it still work if I split it into 10 meals instead of 5 for weight loss? Or would you recommend I change something in your recipe to make it more weight loss friendly??
disregard, my blurry eyes finally saw a link to your lower calorie version 🙂
Was the 340g of pasta the dry weight amount? I needed up with way more than the batch you did
Haven’t tasted yet but I have a HUGE pot and it still isn’t enough to fit all this stuff in, very frustrating
just buy a bigger pot… they’re like $20 on amazon lol
I work almost 60 hours every week and have a child on the weekend. Your recipes have been a godsend. This one especially. The days of rice, chicken, and broccoli are all but a distant memory. Thanks a bunch Josh! You are the goat of meal prep. Keep these recipes coming 👌
Any ideas on how to make this dairy free? I’m thinking using that heavy coconut milk that you put in curry and some vegan cheese would work but idk if that would give it a weird coconut taste.
love this recipe. truthfully, all of the meals i’ve tried from him are top-tier. 10/10