我需要一顿简单美味的晚餐，不可能让所有人都满意,为了防止我女儿的田径运动会迟到，and I had to be able to make it long before serving so it would be just a matter of reheating come dinnertime. There are of course a thousand options that fit these criteria,但上周,我怀着怀旧的心情，回想起学校的午餐，我最喜欢的一个，macaroni and beef. We were always famished by lunchtime and this dish was dependable and impossible to screw up by a 1970's school kitchen.For a midweek meal I went as simple as could be. The only way I'd change it,我决定最后在上面堆上大量的切达干酪和马苏里拉奶酪，然后在肉用鸡下面闪一下。
Sweat the onions in the oil with a three-fingered pinch of salt. Add the beef and cook it,就像你做的那样。(因为我的牛肉很肥，我把它分开煮，和西红柿一起放进锅里。也是一个选择,再加一两个三指的盐，along with any dry seasonings you want. Add the tomatoes and any fresh seasonings you may be using,慢炖，然后把火调小，煮一个小时。
Cook the macaroni in boiling water till it's half done. Drain it and add it to the tomatoes. (I wanted this to stretch into two meals,所以我用了整个盒子，但是如果你想让你的菜非常番茄和牛肉，you might want to add only half the macaroni). Stir it into the sauce. Taste it. Add more salt and other seasonings as needed,and cover. When it's cooled and the pasta has absorbed the tomato juices,transfer it to a large baking dish and cover it with foil. It can sit out for several hours like this,冷藏两天，或者冰冻几个星期。
Bake it in a 400 degree oven till it's piping hot (必威betwayabout 45 minutes if it's cold to room temperature). Just before you're ready to eat,去掉箔,在通心粉上盖上奶酪，烤到看起来很漂亮。
现在我们有了这个冷冻的版本，它回避了这个问题，“自制和烘烤的区别是什么?”and cooking the ubiquitous store-bought kind?" Besides the fact that it's more satisfying to serve from glass than from foil or plastic? Besides the good ingredients and lack of bad ones?除此之外，蜜糖,delicious melted cheese? Besides that it was fun to make?除此之外，味道更好吗?