“Large elbow macaroni noodles are smothered in a flavorful beef and tomato sauce. I came up with this recipe trying to make a home-made version of the popular frozen dinner. I like to sprinkle Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley on mine. Feel free to adjust the red pepper flakes and the brown sugar to your taste. I normally add more red pepper flakes and brown sugar than I wrote in this recipe.”

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  1. Cook ground beef, onions, and beef bouillon in a large skillet over medium-med/high heat until beef is browned and onion is softened, adding in the minced garlic about 2 minutes before done. Drain off fat.
  2. Add garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper, onion soup mix, brown sugar, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, & tomato soup. Stir. Add black pepper to taste. Bring to a bubble, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, partially cook the pasta (about 3 min short of al dente). Drain pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta liquid and add it to the sauce. Add the pasta to the sauce, and stir well. Bring up to bubbling, turn the heat to med-low, cover, and cook for 5-10 min or until pasta is tender, and has absorbed enough liquid to thicken the sauce, stir occasionally to prevent pasta from sticking to the bottom of the skillet. Let sit for 5 min and the sauce will thicken a little more. Serve.

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