Cowboy Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Country Pasta
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground burger
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 - 14oz. can of fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed or chopped
  • 1 - 8oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add Country Pasta (water should cover all pasta).
  2. Cook pasta for 18 - 28 minutes, or until it reaches your desired "bite".
  3. While pasta is cooking, begin sautéing chopped bacon over medium/high heat in a deep skillet until it is brown and crispy.
  4. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  5. Next drain off excess fat, but leaving enough to coat the bottom of the skillet; add ground beef and cook thoroughly. Remove fat from ground beef if needed.
  6. Add the onion and garlic and stir into the cooked ground beef.
  7. Season meat mixture with salt, pepper, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of beer and deglaze pan.
  9. Cook 5-6 minutes more, then stir in the tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  10. Add the hot (drained) pasta to the meat and sauce and stir to combine.
  11. Garnish with cooked bacon, sharp cheddar, and green onions.
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