The Meat Base
2 lbs. ground beef (organic, grass fed, if can find) (or 1 lb. if necessary)
1 large onion, diced fine
1 can/jar tomato paste (approx. 7 oz.)
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp Ancho Chili Powder
Dash of Tabasco Sauce (to taste)
In a large pot (Dutch Oven size) start the onions in some virgin olive oil over a medium heat, cook until beginning to turn translucent, then add the ground beef, chopping into small pieces, cook until browned. Add the tomato paste, cayenne pepper, and Ancho chili powder. Stir well. Add the Tabasco Sauce, taste, add more to desired level of flavor.
Combine this with the macaroni and cheese, see below.
The Macaroni & Cheese Part
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups milk
1 box of elbow macaroni, cooked via package directions (make sure to add salt to the water!)
In sauce pan melt the butter and stir in the flour, mixing well. Allow to simmer (should be a loose paste, add more flour or butter as needed.) When the flour butter paste has cooked for at least a minute, add the milk, stirring well. On a medium-low heat bring the cream sauce up to heated through, it will thicken as it gets closer to the boiling point. Full thickening will occur when it boils. This is a thick sauce. Once the cream sauce is thickened, add the shredded cheddar cheese, stirring well until it’s melted and incorporated into the cream sauce. Add some Tabasco sauce to taste (I like a lot!)
Cook the elbow macaroni according to package directions, in a large pan or bowl combine the macaroni with the cheese sauce.
Combine with the meat, just enough to mix them together a bit.
If you want to, put the whole thing into an oven-able casserole then place into a 350-degree-F oven for 10-15 minutes, or until hot through-out.
Serve and ENJOY!
I made this for dinner last night, had the leftovers for lunch today. Everyone loved it and still loves it. It’s my own creation, based on the fact that it’s “out there” but this is my own concoction of it, including spice and sauces.
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[Recipe and Post Updated on January 3, 2015 at 8:12pm]