But it tastes infinitely better.
(adapted from The Sisters' Cafe)
1 pound ground beef (I use ground turkey because it's
1 onion, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
3/4 tablespoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon hot red chili powder, optional (if you like some heat, which I usually do)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
16 ounce can tomato sauce
2 cups water
2 cups elbow macaroni
1 cup frozen corn, optional
2 cups shredded cheese
1) In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until it is no longer pink; drain.
2) Add onion, red pepper, chili powder, salt, and hot chili powder, if desired, until onions are translucent. Stir in garlic and brown sugar and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
3) Stir in tomato sauce, water, and macaroni. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer, stirring often, until the macaroni is tender, about 15 minutes.
3) Stir in 1 cup cheese and frozen corn; sprinkle remaining cheese over the top. Cover until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Enjoy!