Growing up in a smaller midwestern town it seemed like every family had some version of this hamburger macaroni dish. It was inexpensive, fast, easy and satisfied the biggest appetites. Served with a veggie, bread and a green salad this made for a good home cooked square meal. Most say that the leftovers are even better. This is my kicked up version.
1Bring 3 qts. salted water to a rolling boil and add pasta. Stir, cover and cook pasta until al dente (approximately 9 minutes) I like using cavatappi a/k/a callentani pasta it's a more hearty pasta that holds onto the sauce better and it looks pretty too.
2Meanwhile in a large skillet thoroughly brown ground beef & sausage. Move browned meat to the edges or one side of your skillet.
3In the center of the skillet add 1-2 T. olive oil if necessary then add diced onion, bell pepper, carrot and saute for 2-3 minutes until onion turns translucent.
4Add garlic and saute for a few seconds and add the remaining ingredients except the cheese, allow to simmer for approximately 5-10 minutes.
**Kick it up more by adding 2-3 T pickled jalepeno rings sliced or diced
5Drain pasta and add it to a 9 x 13 casserole dish and pour the meat sauce mixture over the pasta. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes to allow flavors to meld together and sauce to thicken slightly.
6Remove from oven and top with cheese and let stand for 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to melt.
7Serve with corn casserole (check out Rene Palmer's recipe), french garlic bread and a fresh green salad.