Macaroni with Beef and Cheese

Another Pinterest find. This is simple, and delicious. You can easily prep in advance and freeze until you’re ready to bake it. I chose to make this with black pepper, garlic, and oregano.

  • 1⁄2  large onion, diced
  • 1⁄2  tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1⁄2 box macaroni
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup each grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • salt to taste
  • spices of your choice

Sweat the onions in the oil with a three-fingered pinch of salt. Add the beef and cook it, breaking it up as you do. Add another three-fingered pinch of salt or two, along with any dry seasonings you want. Add the tomatoes and any fresh seasonings, then reduce the heat to low and cook for 30 minutes. Cook the macaroni in boiling water until it’s half done. Drain it and add it to the tomatoes. Stir it and taste it, adding more seasoning if needed. Put in an 8×11 pan and cover with foil. At this point you can store in the fridge for a couple days or freeze it for a couple weeks. Bake at 400 ̊ for 40 minutes, then pull the foil off, cover with cheese and broil on high until cheese is melted and beautiful.

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