Updated: Dec 3, 2022
Spent the day cleaning and organizing the pantry. I was even able to shampoo more of the carpet. The last of the sloppy joes made my lunch today.
I decided to use the remainder of the cooked meat mix to make Goulash. This is a use what you have/like, make it work type recipe. The microwave defrosted the cooked meat mix. While that was running, I started the pasta to cook. This was a quart bag of medium shells I had leftover from something else. Then I drained the pasta and left it set while I worked on the sauce. (If you wanted, you could use two stockpots to cook the pasta and the sauce at the same time; I just didn't want to. 3 loads of dishes in one day was enough for me.) Place the cooked meat mix, mushrooms, diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce in the stockpot; stir in the pasta. (I used all store bought canned tomato products as I had them on hand and I use them up before I use my big-effort home-canned food.) Add in more spaghetti sauce if needed. Then add a few handfuls of shredded cheese. I used mozzarella tonight since that's what I had, but I usually use colby-jack. I adjusted the seasoning with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Simmer until the cheese is all melty and incorporated into the sauce; heat through. Serve with bread and butter.