Italian Goulash

Recipe printed from Jenn's Food Journey, adapted from Pam, For the Love of Cooking

1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
1 pound lean ground beef (94/6 if you can get it)
6 mini sweet peppers, diced
1/2 zucchini, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
salt and pepper
3 cups homemade or jarred marinara sauce
12oz elbow macaroni
fresh basil (I did not have it, but if you do, use it!)
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook for 4 minutes; stirring and breaking up the beef as it cooks. Add the peppers and zucchini and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Drain any excess grease and season with salt and pepper. Pour in the marinara sauce, stirring to combine. Simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Cook the pasta according to package directions; drain. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss to coat. Remove from heat and stir in the basil. Taste for seasoning and salt and pepper if needed. Top with cheese if desired. Enjoy!