This is a really good way to get your kids to eat their vegetables.
Put 1 or 2 T. of olive oil in a heavy pot.
I ground more bacon and used it in this recipe but you can skip this step if you are bacon phobic.
I sauteed a couple T. of the ground bacon.
Saute' about 3 cups of assorted diced vegetables. I used celery, onions, red peppers and carrots. Use whichever ones you like.
After a couple minutes, add 1 pound of ground beef.
Add 1 tsp.of thyme, 1 tsp. oregano and some salt and pepper.
Add several diced garlic cloves.
Add 1 cup of tomato sauce.
Stir in 1 cup of grated cheddar.
If you want it to be nice and creamy, add about 1/2 cup of Velveeta.
Turn the heat off and let it sit on the burner covered for 10 minutes.
While the pot is sitting, boil 1 pound of pasta to al dente. Don't overcook the pasta.
Remove the lid and stir to combine the melted cheese. Stir in the cooked pasta along with some chopped fresh parsley.
Yum! The veggies are still a bit crunchy and this is a gazillion times better than store bought.