This recipe is very easy to change to your liking. I like a lot of garlic and onions but you can add however much you prefer. I am writing my version of how I make it but I even make it a little different than my mom. The basic recipe comes from her I think she said she got it from some magazine when we were growing up and put her own spin on it too.
I hope you enjoy!
One box of large Shells
a bunch of minced garlic
one onion (I like yellow)
1 tablespoon or so of oil
1 -1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
2 cans of stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups of ketchup
1 – 1 1/2 cup of water
salt and pepper to taste
Boil a pot of water, add shells. Turn off water and cover for 10 minutes. Drain shells.
In a pan add oil and garlic and onion. cook for a few minutes and add ground beef and brown. Once beef is cooked add 2 cans of tomatoes. My sister likes to mash these up because she doesn’t like big chunks. I don’t mind chunks of tomato but I let her mash. Add salt and pepper and basil or oregano, whatever you like. Add cup and a half of ketchup and cup of water. Stir all together and let it cook for about 10 minutes to combine. It should be soupy so the shells can cook a little more and absorb some of the water, add more water if you need. Add shells stir and let cook for like 15-20 minutes. Longer if you want it a softer pasta and thicker sauce.
Serve with Parm sprinkled on top and a couple slices of garlic bread.
My son does not like the meat and sauce so I usually put some of the plain shells in a bowl on the side for him with butter and he eats that with garlic bread.