2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion -- finely chopped
1 large yellow bell pepper -- cored, seeded, and chopped
a clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
28 ounce can diced tomatoes with their juices
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and black pepper
1 pound macaroni, ziti, or penne
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a skillet heat the oil. When it is hot, cook the onion and yellow pepper over medium heat, stirring often until the vegetables soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for half a minute.
2. Add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat until the meat loses its pink color. Drain the fat.
3. Add the tomatoes and their liquid to the meat mixture. Stir in the tomato paste, water, oregano, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover the pan and simmer the sauce for 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as stated on the box. Drain the pasta and stir it into the meat sauce. Serve in bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan, and serve at once.
So simple. Yet delicious.
Was a hit with mini-mike too.