Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ahhhh, Comfort Food

Tonight I just needed comfort food - nothing gourmet - just old-fashioned pasta and cheese.  Sooo the menu tonight is my own version of Hamburger Helper.

Put salted water on to boil.  Once it is boiling, add  a couple of good handfuls of dry pasta.  Something like fusilli or rigatoni.

In the meantime, brown some ground beef (about 1/2 lb for 2 or 3 servings) with a couple of slices of onions chopped and a couple of cloves of garlic minced.   Season with salt and pepper.  Now for the flavour - you can go the Italiano route and add dried oregano, basil and parsley but I prefer a couple of tsp of taco seasoning (I buy mine from the bulk food store but you can find it at the grocery store). 

I then slice 10 or 12  mushrooms and chop half a pepper (tonight I used green and red) and add them to the pan.  Cook until mostly done.

Then open a large can of diced tomatoes and add about half of the can and most of the liquid.  Add the drained pasta to the pan and stir to combine.

Finally sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese over the top and let it melt a minute or two before serving.

Ahhhh, comfort food in about 20 minutes.  Makes a great leftover lunch too.

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