Posted 9/10/2010 9:07:40 AM
Easy and absolutely delicious. My boyfriend loved it and so did I, although I definitely made some changes. We like things a little spicier!
I added 1/2 to 1 pound (not sure how much was in the bag) of HOT Italian sausage to beef, onions and peppers. I also used about 1/2 a box of wheat Farfalle or Bow Tie pasta...it's my favorite...instead of the mafalda. For the sauce, I used a can (I think about 26 oz.) of Hunt's Hot and Spicy Sauce. Because of the increase in pasta, I added more water as needed during cooking. It definitely took longer to cook than the directions said, but I think cooking the pasta in the sauce and not pre-cooking it makes it more flavorful. I cooked until pasta was done, and obviously with my increased ingredients, it made more than 4 servings. I skipped the mushrooms cause I didn't have any in the pantry or fridge, but would add them next time, along with some black olives.