This recipe to me is the epitome of what I wish Hamburger Helper would taste like. Granted, I'm happy to say I made this without using any canned produce. The tomatoes have been plentiful on our sole tomato plant this week. It was amazingly fresh and lighter than I was expecting. The sauce didn't thicken after cooling as much as I would have liked, but next time I'll just add a little more cornstarch.
|Tomatoes from my lone tomato plant!|
- 2 cups uncooked small tube pasta
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3/4 cup onion, diced
- 3/4 cup green bell pepper, diced (I actually used Red)
- 1 (28 ounce) can or 3 1/2 cups diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced - wear gloves
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 1/2 cups reduced fat sour cream
- 1 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbsp cold water (for sauce thickening if needed)
- Start water to boil for pasta.
- Dice onion, green bell pepper, & jalapeno.
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
- Add the tomatoes, jalapenos, honey, chili powder and salt.
- Bring to a simmer then reduce heat to low; cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Drain pasta; add to beef mixture.
- Add sour cream.
- Cook and stir until heated through (do not boil).
Courtesy of Jessy at Tricks Chef's
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