Here's my "little hamburger helper" ...Yes I did eventually go to the damn market. And Stew meat was half the price of extra lean ground. (not that I ever buy extra lean....just usually lean does fine). So the plan was to grind up half of it for dinner.
It was soooo lean that I had to add olive oil just to brown it right. I should have weighed it before it was browned because there was no difference in volume after it was all browned...or so it seemed.
In order to clean the grinder thing I decided to grind up the garlic and onion at the end as well.
I added two different bottles of remainders of red wine probably about 1 1/2 cups to deglaze the pot.
I added these....didn't have any diced tomatoes. All of them are in storage for some reason. But this worked just fine. Next time i would add more spices.
My phone wasn't handy for a pic ...I suspect one of the g'kids was playing games on it. So this rather ugly pic is all I have of the finished product. This was what was left after the brown baggers left the house. I tasted it for seasoning purposes.....It was lacking.
Maybe if I had reduced the ground beef and added a crt of cottage cheese or used a sharper cheese, or added more garlic onions and spices definitly some hot sauce or chili paste. I don't know why I didn't concider that pasta sucks up all the flavour....next time I will add more flavour. When I have my lunch i will prob add some HP sauce to my plate.
I could have added some chopped up spinach....I had a fresh container. I could have added some butter nut squash puree, I had a handful of chopped squash in the fridge. But I didn't. Preferring to mayyyyybe do a recipe originally for a change. But next time...
But all...in...all ...it was a new discovery and I will be replacing the pasta next time I venture into an italian market.
The reason I put the pasta into my basket in the first place ....I though I would try to make spaghetti O's from scratch ...still going to try that.