As I learned to cook for myself, there were some things my mother made that I would make for myself. Some I improved upon and some I would make "just the way that mom made" because that's how I wanted it.
My son has taken to my mother's recipe for Beefaroni (not Seinfeld beef-a-reeno, mind you). It's very simple and I like it and still make the dish, just the way mom did.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- a few cloves of garlic, finely chopped or pressed
- 1 large can whole tomatoes
- 1 cup elbow pasta
Put the onions and garlic in a large pot to cook (with a little olive oil). Add the ground beef and brown, until all the pink is gone. Season to taste (I add a little salt and pepper, some oregano).
Add the tomatoes and mix together, breaking up the tomatoes (you can use diced tomatoes, but I like the bigger chunks of tomatoes).
When mixture begins to simmer, add the elbows and stir well. (You can use another small pasta, if you like, but Mom always used elbows.) Cover and set on low heat for about 10-15 minutes until pasta is soft and tender. Serve. (I freeze small containers for my son to eat at mealtimes.)