This dish is more a winter one than a summer one but I pulled it together at the last minute on a busy day.
I happened to have cooked ground beef on hand (cooked in the crock pot the day before) and some leftover cooked macaroni noodles in the freezer. I cooked up fresh noodles too and a few minutes before they were done added the frozen noodles to the water to heat them up.
This is a great last minute dish, assuming you have cooked ground beef on hand and all the other ingredients. My husband and I really enjoyed this!
4 – 6 cups (1 to 1.5 litres) macaroni noodles, cooked according to directions
1 lb (.5 kg) ground beef, sauteed with a bit of salt, pepper and powdered garlic
(I like to do this with a bit of water or red wine in a crock pot over several hours – very tender and tasty)
1 medium white or yellow onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
1 large tomato, diced
2 cups (500 ml) crushed tomatoes and juice
3 garlic, crushed
1 tsp (5 ml) powdered garlic
1 cup (25o ml) parmesan or asiago, grated
1 cup (250 ml) sharp cheddar, grated
salt and pepper, to taste
- Saute veggies (not tomatoes) with seasonings until just about soft. Then add cooked ground beef and continue cooking together for another 5 minutes or so on medium, stirring frequently.
- Add tomatoes and cooked noodles and saute for another few minutes until everything is piping hot.
- Add cheeses. Stir through to melt.
- Taste and add any further seasonings needed before serving on its own or with a green salad.
Serves 4 to 6