I'm not sure what I was thinking going for such a "heavy" dish on a hot, humid early-summer day. Add to that, I didn't even have one of the main ingredients, like I thought I did (tomato soup). The story has a happy ending though because, even though it was a bit heavy for the weather, it was really tasty! I did make some changes, based on an earlier review. I wanted it to be a 1-pot meal so I browned the beef and onions, added garlic salt, chili powder, the tomatoes, uncooked pasta, and extra water for the pasta to cook. The only big substitution that I made was for the ingredient that I didn't have on hand - instead of the condensed tomato soup, I used V8. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but since it was all I had on hand, I gave it a try. It was really good. And I snuck in a few extra vitamins with the juice vs. the soup. Oh, and don't tell my kids (or my husband, for that matter) - I also snuck in 1/4c flax meal. Shhhhhhhhh. Substitutions and additions included, everyone raved about it!
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I'm not sure what I was thinking going for such a "heavy" dish on a hot, humid early-summer...