Time: about 20 minutes
Servings: at least 4
1/2 lb elbow pasta
1 lb ground beef
salt to taste
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
3 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1. In a large pot cook elbow pasta according to directions
2. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil to pan.
3. Add ground beef to pan and cook until brown. Move meat to one side of pan and add onions in on the open side. Season with salt. Smash the garlic cloves and add them to the pan. Mix the beef, onion and garlic together, and add tomato paste and canned tomatoes. Stir to combine. Add chili flakes to taste.
4. Drain pasta, and put back in pot. Add meat and tomato sauce to pasta, stir to combine. Add freshly grated parmesan (or the parmesan from a container), remove from heat, and serve.
And just for your edification, here’s my one of my favorite pictures of Michael Symon:
That’s right, the man has a tattoo that says “Got Pork”. 🙂