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Creamy Beef and Pasta Hot Dish


1lb ground beef
8oz medium pasta (shells, rotini, or radiatore work best)
1 small onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup broth
1/2 cup cream
1+1/2 cups shredded cheese (any type or blend of cheese, sharp cheddar is good, I recently mixed asiago + parmesan)
2 tsp Italian seasoning (I also added fresh parsley)
1 tsp chili powder
salt & pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, minus 2 minutes cook time. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid.
2. Brown beef in a skillet over med heat. When 3/4 cooked drain grease and add onion, garlic, bell pepper, tomato, and seasonings.
3. When beef is fully cooked and onion is soft, add broth, cream, and reserved pasta liquid. Bring to a simmer.
4. Add cheese and pasta and stir until cheese is melted in.
5. Cover and simmer 5-10 minutes until sauce thickens.