This recipe was originally one my mother used to make. It is a very simple comfort food dish. I have tweaked it up a bit ('cus I can never leave well enough alone).
1 lb finely chopped or sliced lean beef.
1 medium onion, chopped
Garlic, as much as you like, fresh minced.
2 cups beef broth, or stock....
1 Bay leaf, some thyme, pinch of allspice..
Fresh chopped parsley(as much as you want)
Short pasta, such as farfale, rigatone, penne etc.
salt and pepper to taste
Brown beef in oil, add garlic and onion and cook for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Add stock, and bay leaf and thyme and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water.
Drain pasta after 5 minutes and add to your beef and stock. Continue to cook pasta in pot, until the majority of the stock is absorbed by the pasta. It is important to stop cooking before all of the broth is gone otherwise it will become mushy. The remaining liquid becomes a tasty savory, beefy sauce. Serve in pasta dishes or bowls covered in fresh parsley and freshly ground pepper.