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The first time I made this I was a little nervous on how the hubby was going to react. He was so used to the other version, and he isn’t real big on trying new things.
I loved the fact that I could mix and match and add and subtract whatever I wanted to this. I was also pleased with the idea of having enough of the dish to go around and feed the whole family. This was super easy to make, and the taste was even better than that other boxed stuff. The greatest reward was when the hubby asked for seconds!
1 1/2 lb ground beef 85-15%
1 small onion, yellow, chopped
1/2 large green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalk(s) celery, chopped
1 can(s) Hunt’s diced tomato, 1 lb 12 oz.
1 can(s) diced tomato, 14 oz.
1 tsp salt or to taste
1/4 tsp McCormick’s pepper or to taste
chili powder to taste
1/2 – 2/3 box of a 1 lb. box of rigatoni pasta cooked according to package instructions. don’t forget to add salt to the water.
1 bag(s) Kraft cheddar cheese, finely shredded, 2-3 cups
Brown meat over medium heat and then add all chopped veggies and season with salt and pepper.
Puree the 1 LB 12 OZ can of diced tomatoes and add to hamburger mixture. Add the 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes and stir. Cover and simmer until veggies are tender. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
While the sauce is simmering, cook the rigatoni in salted water according to box instructions. Do not overcook the pasta because it will continue to cook when added to the sauce. Drain and add to the hamburger mixture incorporating well.
Sprinkle liberally with grated cheddar cheese, cover and simmer until cheese is melted.
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Quick Tip: try mixing up your cheeses or using a few different flavors combined.