There are lots of names for similar dishes and I think this dish is probably the inspiration for the old Hamburger Helper. Ground beef, macaroni, tomato sauce and cheese. I like to add kidney beans and peas, too, and some Worcestershire sauce. I used a can of cream of mushroom soup but you really just need something to thicken it up a bit. You can always make your own cream of soup if you’d rather not use the canned variety.
I vary the pasta I use in this depending on what I have on hand. Last night I made it with penne but I do think I prefer it with the smaller pasta shapes. I’m not sure why.
I’ve varied the cheeses I use but think Cheddar is my favorite. But I’ve made it with mozzarella before and last night I used some shredded Mexican blend.