1 1/2 lbs extra lean beef
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
16 oz whole grain elbow noodles
1 cup grated cheddar cheesed
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
bring a large pot of water to a boil.
heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. brown hamburger with pepper, oregano and basil. drain hamburger.
while the hamburger is draining, begin cooking the elbow noodles to al dente.
while the noodles are cooking, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in the same skillet used to brown the hamburger. saute onion and bell pepper until soft (approximately 8 minutes). add hamburger back to the skillet along with worcestershire sauce, sugar and tomatoes. let simmer until noodles are done or for at least 5 minutes.
in a large bowl, combine drained/rinsed noodles with hamburger mixture.
spread mixture into a casserole dish and bake un-covered for 30 minutes.
after 30 minutes, top with cheese and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.