This is a great dish for a quick meal-it cooks all in one skillet. It's as convenient and easy as hamburger helper, only better tasting and better for you.
1-2 tbs oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 lb ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped or mashed
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp beef bouillon granules (optional)
1-3/4 cups water
6 oz (about 1-1/2 cups) elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 cup shredded cheese
1 tsp dried basil
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add chopped onion and cook until soft. Add beef and cook until browned. Drain if desired. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Stir in tomatoes, parsley, oregano, beef bouillon, water and macaroni. Cover and cook, stirring often, until macaroni begins to soften-about 7 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until macaroni is cooked-about 7 more minutes.
Stir in shredded cheese and basil. Season with salt and pepper if desired.