Pizza Mac & Cheese

Recipe Adapted by http://www.anediblemosaic.com/

Serves 4

1/2 lb (8 oz) elbow pasta, or any small pasta shape you like

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb (16 oz) lean ground beef*

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups milk (I used Lactate as Normy is lactose intolerant)

1-1 1/4 cups pizza sauce (I used my recipe for Chunky Pizza Sauce, see below)

6 oz sharp cheddar, shredded (about 2 cups freshly shredded cheese, not packed)

2 oz low-fat cream cheese

*If you don’t have lean ground beef, just drain out the fat once the meat is browned before moving to the next step.
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Cook the pasta to al dente according to the package directions;
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drain and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add the onion
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and cook until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and beef,
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turn the heat up to medium-high, and cook until the beef is browned, about 3 to 5 minutes,
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stirring occasionally to break up the meat. (At this point, drain off the fat if your ground beef wasn’t lean.)

Turn heat down to medium, add the bay leaf,
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Italian herb seasoning,
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salt, pepper, and flour
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and cook 1 minute. Stir in the milk
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and pizza sauce,
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and cook 2 minutes;
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add the cheeses
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and stir constantly until it comes to a simmer. Add the pasta noodles
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and cook until warmed, about 1 minute;
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serve with any toppings you like, such as fresh grated parmesan cheese.
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here is the recipe for her Chunky Pizza Sauce

Yields about 1 cup

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 (14.5 oz) can Hunt’s No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes, undrained (I used jarred tomatoes that my friend Stacey made and gave me, YAY!)

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

Pinch black pepper
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Preheat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat;
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add the garlic and cook 1 minute,
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stirring constantly. Add the canned tomatoes,
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Italian herb seasoning,
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sugar,
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See my little mini bowl I got for spices. Smallest bowl ever!
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salt,
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and pepper,
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and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently and using a wooden spoon to break up the tomato pieces a bit.

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