Mama Bettie's Sh*t
Mama Betty was my Mother-in-Law [Betty Rotge Custer - born 1930, died 2003].
I am told the name of this dish came up when she told her husband one day to come and try this new dish she had "tought up" all on her own! Seems the "old man" took one bite, she asked him what he thought, and he promptly stated, "Tastes like sh*t!" [In all seriousness he loved it, and the family ate it frequently!]
Mama Betty shared it with me, and while we had eaten something similar where I grew up, this is distinctly her recipe.
1-pound ground meat [Mama Betty used ground beef, I use ground turkey or chicken]
1-larg yellow onion diced
1 clove garlice - minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery - chopped
2 canns [15-oz] tomato sauce
2 cans [15-oz] petite diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
2-tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1-pound elbow macaroni
Cook macaroni according to package directions. While macaroni is cooking, in a lagre skillet, over medium heat, brown ground meat, along with onion, garlic, bell pepper and celery. Add seasonings.
Add tomato paste. Mixing well. Drain one can of tomatoes, and leave second can with juices. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover.
Drain macaroni according to package directions. Place macaroni in a large bowl. Pour prepared sauce over all. Mix well.
Serve immediately while hot. May serve with a side salad and Italian or garlice bread if desired.