Southwest Flavored Pan Pasta





1 pound lean ground beef

1 package seashell pasta (or macaroni)

1 16-ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 16-ounce can of tomato sauce

1 medium onion (chopped)

1 small bell pepper (chopped)

1 4- ounce can of chopped green chilies

Tabasco (add to your taste, 1 teaspoon for mild, 2 tablespoons for hot0


Fresh ground black pepper

Oregano (about 1 teaspoon)

Crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil



In a large frying pan heat the olive oil, adding the garlic, onions, and bell pepper. Stir and cook until the onions are fork tender. Add the pasta shells and continue stirring (lower heat to medium), cook until the pasta begins to brown. Crumble the ground beef into the mixture and cook until brown. Once the beef is cooked add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, green chilies, salt, pepper, red pepper, oregano, and Tabasco; simmer 10 to 15 minutes and serve.