2 jars marinara sauce
1 package pasta in your favorite shape
1 lb. ground beef, turkey or italian sausage
1 can kidney beans rinsed and drained (optional)
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
Brown the meat and onions in a large sauce pan. Drain. Add garlic and Italian seasoning, sauteeing 1-2 more minutes. Add sauce and beans if you're using them and simmer on low for 20 mins. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package directions in salted water. It's important to salt your pasta water because this is the only time you can season pasta and have it actually absorb the flavor. I've even heard of chefs that take a spoonful of the pasta sauce and stir it into the cooking water to add more flavor. If you try this, let me know what you think!
Serve sauce over hot pasta with bread and Caesar salad.