- 2 cups uncooked ditalini pasta or elbow macaroni
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 1/2 of a green pepper
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil over high heat.
- Once water is boiling, add 2 cups of pasta to the water along with 1 Tablespoon olive oil. Stir so the pasta doesn’t stick together and turn the heat down to medium.
- Keep the water boiling and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.
- As soon as the pasta is done, carefully remove from the heat. Place a colander in the sink and pour the pasta and water into the colander. This will drain away the water.
- Now run cold water over the pasta in the colander. Be sure to rinse all of it. This will stop the pasta from cooking.
- Peel the onion and chop it into small pieces with a knife. Ask Mom or Dad for help on how to chop it if you don’t know how.
- Peel the garlic and cut it into small pieces with a knife.
- Cut up the green pepper into small pieces with a knife.
- In the same pot you cooked the pasta, add the ground beef. Begin cooking over medium heat and break up the ground beef with a large spoon or spatula.
- Add the onion, garlic, and green pepper to the ground beef.
- When the ground beef is all brown and the onion and pepper are tender, use a spoon to remove any fat in the pan from the beef. Mom or Dad can tell you how to dispose of the fat.
- Next, add the can of diced tomato, tomato sauce, sugar, and oregano to the beef and mix well.
- Then add the cooked pasta to the beef and mix well. Continue cooking over medium heat until the mixture is hot.
- Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Makes 4 main dish servings.