Posted By: cookie 
Feb 22  # 1 of 21
How many of you take a recipe and make it your own. I like to add or sometimes subtract ingredients to what my personal tastes are. I just made something today that I even changed it's recipe name, it turned out Good. :D

Chili with Shells (Stove Top)

1/2 box of small shells * 1 lb. ground sirloin * 1 can chili beans

1 can of originaal Rotel diced tomatoes with chilli's (mix in with cooked meat)

1 small onion * 1t chili powder * 1/2t salt * 1/4t cumin

1 cup of sharp cheddar shredded cheese ( put on top after it's all done)

Cook meat until it crumbles (no longer pink) stir in 4 ingredients.
Stir prepared pasta and beef together and serve. Cookie :)
 Posted By: Cook Chatty Cathy 
Feb 22  # 2 of 21
You go GIRL! That sounds darned good, I am going to try it this week for one of our meals, I have all the ing. on hand, and you know it sounds sort of like a Hamburger Helper Meal only better because it is homemade! Thanks for sharing:)
 Posted By: The Ironic Chef 
Feb 22  # 3 of 21
Did someone mention a Hamburger Helper type meal. I make this at least once a week. My kids love it and it is way better than what comes from the box.

1 Lb of ground beef
1 packet of Lipton's Beefy Onion Soup mix
4 1/2 cups of water
1 lb of uncooked bow tie pasta
1/2 cup of sour cream
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef in a deep skillet that has a lid. Drain fat. Add the water and soup mix and bring to a boil. Add the bow tie pasta, bring back to a boil. Lower heat to medium high, cover and cook the pasta for 10 minutes. Remove the cover, close the heat and mix in the sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Different variations. Use Better Than Bullion beef base and a packet of mushroom soup mix.
Make meatballs with the ground beef, make as above and name it Swedish Meatball Stroganoff.
Make a cheese sauce and you have a cheeseburger pasta.
Switch pasta and add vegetables to keep it interesting. Green peas go very well in pasta dishes.
Inspiration moment. I haven't made my Tuna Casserole with potato chip topping in ages. I think That will be on the menu in the next couple of days.
 Posted By: cookie 
Feb 22  # 4 of 21
Thanks, its all gone we ate it! Your right it's is a lot like hamburger-helper in the magazine they called it Chili Cheeseburger, they used the bigger shells with cheese already in it.

I did add a little bit of garlic powder to the dish, but you really didn't need it.

This was so easy to make and it's a no bake, fast on the table! Cookie :)
 Posted By: cookie 
Feb 22  # 5 of 21
I Love beef stroganoff, that sounds really Good. I have to try that one Thanks, Ironic Chef. Cookie :)