1 pound ground beef
1 onion (I sometimes leave it out and use 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion)
2 cloves garlic (you can use powder or dried for this too)
1 heaping teaspoon full of Hungarian paprika (the sweet kind, not hot)
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional or to taste)
1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 pound macaroni
Brown ground beef in a large skillet along with the onion if using fresh.
Meanwhile bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the macaroni as directed. If you time it right your pasta will be done just in time to add it to the sauce.
Drain off any oil from the meat and add the garlic, paprika, pepper flakes and minced onion if using.
Stir it around and let the garlic cook for a minute.
Add the crushed tomatoes and the water.
Let simmer as the macaroni cooks until it is thickened for about 10 to 15 minutes (give or take).
Add the macaroni to the beef mixture and stir well.
Don't add the pasta before the liquid cooks down in the pan.
That's it! Serve and enjoy!
Ground beef in the pan with the dried onion, garlic, pepper flakes and paprika.
Simmering before the macaroni is added
Yum! Yum! Stir in the macaroni. You can use whole wheat if you wish.
I served it with carrots this time but we seem to like it best with zucchini or yellow squash fried in a pan with some onions. It's also nice with a green salad.
I hope you try it, and enjoy.