I liked this Hamburger Mess recipe I found on Pinterest and thought I'd share it. The person who created it described it as "the tomato and beef noodles you ate at school as a kid". I changed it quite a bit, but you can find the original recipe here.
1 Onion; Diced
1 tbs. Canola Oil
1 28 oz. Can Whole Tomatoes
1 16 oz. Can Pasta Sauce
2 lb. Ground Beef
1 Box of Large Macaroni Noodles
1 c. of Grated Cheddar
1 c. of Monterey Jack [the original recipe called for mozzarella but I substituted with what I had in the fridge]
Salt and other optional seasonings [to taste]
1. Sweat the onions in 1 tbs. of canola oil in a large pan with one pinch of salt.
2. Add the ground beef and cook until brown. Drain.
3. Transfer the meat to a large pot, add whole tomatoes and the pasta sauce, as well as any seasonings you wish. I used a pinch of oregano and a dash of Italian seasoning mix. I also kinda mashed up the tomatoes really well.
4. Bring meat, tomatoes, and sauce to a boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 45-60 mins. Stir occasionally.
5. When meat/tomatoes are almost finished, cook the pasta in a large pot [as box instructions suggest].
6. Drain the noodles. Once the meat/tomatoes are done, add the noodles to the mix [and mix well].
7. Transfer contents to a 9" x 13" dish and top with cheese(s).
8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until cheeses have fully melted.
The original recipe was made without pasta sauce, but I like my noodles really moist and felt it was missing something. So I added a small can of pasta sauce.
It also suggested that you allow the tomatoes/noodles/meat mixture to sit for a few hours before baking... to allow the tomatoes to soak into the noodles. Since I added tomato sauce, I didn't feel this was necessary and skipped it.
Also, the recipe said to cook the dish for an hour. I didn't see the point in baking it for that long since I didn't let the noodles sit out. The dish was already hot/warm and didn't need re-heating [like they would if the noodles had been sitting out for a while]. I only placed it in the oven long enough for the cheese to melt.
PS. I served mine with cinnamon toast. Yum!