1 pound lean ground beef (ground chuck or ground round) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 green bell pepper, chopped 1 can (14.5 ounce size) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (8 ounce size) tomato sauce 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder OR 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 8 ounces ziti or elbow macaroni pasta, cooked and drained 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
Saute ground beef,onion,and green bell pepper in a large skillet until onion is tender and beef is lightly browned. Drain off excess fat; add tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Stir well; stir in ziti or elbow macaroni and half of the cheese. Transfer to a 2 1/2-quart casserole. Top with the remaining cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes,or until hot and bubbly.