A quick, easy, inexpensive one-pot dinner. This makes great leftovers and transports well in a thermos for school lunch.
Course Dinner, Main Dish, Pasta
1-2 lbsground meatbeef, chicken, or turkey*
4cupsdiced zucchini or yellow squash (optional)** see note
1mediumonion diced - a little over 1 cup
¼cupall-purpose flour (34 g)
1teaspoonsweet paprikaaka regular paprika
115 oz cantomato sauce
116 oz boxdry pasta, any shape
1-2cupsshredded cheesecheddar or Mexican blend work well
Heat the oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Brown the ground meat. Once the meat is browned, drain any accumulated fat.
Add the onion, garlic, and zucchini if using. Saute until the vegetables are soft and the onions are translucent.
Sprinkle the flour over the top of the meat and cook for one minute stirring constantly.
Add the tomato sauce, and beef broth and stir well to dissolve anything that is stuck to the bottom of the pot. Add the spices and pasta, stir well to combine. Allow the mixture to return to a simmer.
Reduce the heat to low, and cover the pot. Simmer for 15-18 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes to make sure the pasta is not sticking to the bottom of the pot. If it is beginning to get dry and the pasta is not soft, add a splash more of water.
Once the pasta is done cooking, turn off the heat and stir in the sour cream. Stir in 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Add more cheese to desired taste, or reserve that last cup to sprinkle on top of the pasta once it is served (my kids seem to want to sprinkle cheese on everything so I leave some out and let them sprinkle it on top).
* The amount of meat varies depending on what you prefer/have on hand. Like a lot of meat in your pasta, add the 2 lbs. Only have 1 lb oh hand, no problem works great with 1 lb of meat. No need to adjust the seasoning or water with the different meat amounts. ** Want to sneak extra vegetables in there for the kids.... use 1 lb of ground meat and replace the second lb with 4 cups of finely diced zucchini, yellow squash, or a combination of both of those.