A healthier "Helper" alternative. This recipe is good as is. You know what your family likes, so definitely experiment with seasoning as well! I normally add worchestershire sauce , a dash of onion powder, celery seed, and whatever sort of garlic we have on hand. A dash of hot sauce never hurts either. The key is to simmer gently on medium low, keeping an eye out in case extra liquid is needed. (In which case, adjust seasoning in proportion) For a "saucier" style, add some tomato juice (about a half cup), and simmer uncovered the last ten minutes. This also helps to "coat" the ingredients and bind them together. Extra veggies or even beans can stretch serving sizes further, and using extra really makes this a one pot meal. The one adjustment I would make regardless is to basically soften the pasta and not cook it through or even al dente...letting the pasta's starch release into the dish as it finishes simmering with the other ingredients ties everything together, as well as making sure it does not "cook apart" or turn into pasta mush. Great basic recipe!
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A healthier "Helper" alternative. This recipe is good as is. You know what your family likes,...