When someone mentions comfort food people think meatloaf or mac and cheese. I dig back in my childhood memories and Goulash pops up. My Dad was great at throwing things together and creating a tasty meal or soup. When I was little 9 up to about 12 years old) my parents ran a small town diner and Dad manned the kitchen. Dinners were generally from the diner and generally prepared quickly and pretty hearty. None of my Dad’s recipes were written down, so I like to try and recreate them from either memory or find something similar and close to it. This recipe was pretty close. I lightened it up with a half ground beef, half ground turkey. This is a good meal to make in a hurry because most of this is pretty much on hand pantry items. With the snowstorm coming this might be a great meal to make.
2 onions chopped
1 pounds lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic minced
1 jar tomato based pasta sauce approx. 26 oz.
1 28 oz cans diced tomatoes, un-drained
1 can 6 oz tomato paste
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
3 cups water
salt & black pepper to taste
2 cups macaroni noodles uncooked
1 cup cheddar cheese
Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, seasonings and bay leaves. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.
Add in the in the macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes). Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese and replace the lid. Let sit about 5 minutes or until melted.