Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Meaty Mac!

This is one of my favorite dinner recipes, which I created myself.  It is a macaroni dish with a creamy tomato meat sauce.  Finely chopped vegetables cut the acidity and give it a tiny bit of crunch.  This dish is great for family dinners and potlucks.  It can also serve as that perfect something to take to a friend who has had a new baby or lost a loved one.  This dish keeps well in the fridge for a few days and tastes great as leftovers.  Makes 6 main dish servings.


1 Tbs. oil
1/3 cup finely chopped white or yellow onion
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
1/3 cup finely chopped celery
4 cloves fresh garlic, finally chopped
1 lb. 92% lean ground beef
1 5 oz. can Italian seasoned tomato paste
2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


Chop vegetables and mix together to make vegetable confetti.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.  Add vegetable confetti and saute for 2 minutes.

Add meat to skillet and cook until thoroughly browned.  Add tomato paste and stir until combined.

Add cans of tomatoes one at a time.  Simmer for 5 minutes after each can.  Add cream in two batches.  Simmer for 3 minutes after each half. 

Add cheese and stir thoroughly to melt into sauce.  Add macaroni to pan and cook for 2 to minutes, stirring to combine.  Remove from heat and serve.  Garnish with additional grated Parmesan.

Happy Eating!

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