For 4 people:
° 8 ounces medium macaroni shells
° 1 tablespoon olive oil
° 1 pound ground beef
°1/2 medium onion, cut into cubes
° 2 garlic cloves, minced
° 1/2 tsp Italian season
° 2 tsp flour
° 2 c beef broth
°1 can tomato sauce (15 oz)
° 3/4 c heavy cream
°salt & freshly ground black pepper
°6 ounces extra-sharp shredded cheddar cheese, about 1 1/2 cups
In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well.
The second step
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to finely chop the beef as it cooks; Drain the excess fat. Put aside.
Add the onions to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until translucent. Stir in garlic and Italian seasoning until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in the flour until it turns slightly brown, about 1 minute.
Gradually add the meat broth and tomato sauce. reached boiling point; Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has reduced and thickened slightly about 6-8 minutes.