When I was growing up (who am I kidding, until last year when I went GF) I loved Chef-Boy-r-Dee Beefaroni. I know, it's heresy for an Italian to admit that. But I did. That stuff is unhealthy and fat filled. But I loved it.
Today, I discovered another use for Tinkyada Elbow Macaroni -- you can add it straight to hot spaghetti sauce (without pre-cooking the pasta) and in a few minutes -- Beefaroni!
Jeffrey ate two bowls, and I didn't do so badly myself.
Here's the secret: While your spaghetti sauce is still simmering (small bubbles on the sides of the pan) add two cups of UNCOOKED Tinkyada elbows or fusili. Stir carefully to coat all the pasta, cover it tightly, and turn the sauce to low.
In a matter of 20 minutes, you will have perfectly cooked pasta in your sauce.
Now, here's the real secret of the faux beefaroni....I did this IN MY CROCKPOT.
This morning, I put on a pot of my Lazy Spaghetti Sauce -- since I use only the four percent lean Laura's Organic Beef, it cooks in the Crockpot without needing to be drained. I added onions, mushrooms, the raw beef, a container of pesto sauce, and a jar of non-HFCS spaghetti sauce and set it all to simmer high. I turned it down to simmer low after four hours, and it was quite loose and soupy.
At 4 p.m., when I left to get Jeffrey, I added two cups of Tinkyada elbows, and stirred. By the time we got home at about 5 p.m., it was beautifully cooked.
You non-GF folks, you don't have the benefit of doing this, but it's almost worth buying some Tinkyada to try it. Seriously healthy beefaroni -- no additives, no HFCS, low fat. All it needed was a sprinkle of low-fat cheese.
I know you GF folks know how versatile Tinkyada is, but this is crazy easy. No browning. No boiling. Just stir it. Yay!
Much love, and try it. You'll like it. I mean it.