While browning my ground beef and onions, I seasoned the mixture to my family's liking (s & p, garlic/onion powders, and basil). I also added 1/2 the jar of spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, and then mixed the cheese right in (I used more mozzarella than called for and also added a handful of parmesan for good measure). I did this while my pasta was boiling (I used rigatoni as it was all I had, but virtually any type of pasta will work). After I drained the pasta, I threw the pasta back in the pot and mixed with the hamburger mixture. Since the pasta and hamburger mixture were still piping hot, I knew I wouldn't need the 20 minute cooking time. I tossed some additional cheese on top, as well as a sprinkling of basil and baked for only 10 minutes. The last two minutes, I set the oven to broil to get the cheese nice and golden brown. I let it sit for a few minutes, and it was a hit with the hubby and 3 1/2 year-old daughter. Served with a green salad and garlic bread, and it makes a quick and tasty weeknight meal!
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While browning my ground beef and onions, I seasoned the mixture to my family's liking (s & p,...