Well, for lack of anything better to do (after yesterday's marathon DVD inventory/organization mission.), I decided to make myself some dinner. And probably lunch for most of the week.
This, as always, somewhat ad-hoc, but here's the rough recipe (not like I ever follow one)
Sweat 1 medium onion (chopped) and 3 cloves of garlic in a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Add some salt and pepper. Go light, you'll probably be adding more later. Once that's soft, dump in 1lb of ground beef (I used 85% lean, because it's cheaper) and break it up to incorporate it in with the onions/garlic.
Once that's browned, add in a smallish can of stewed tomatoes. Don't bother draining them, just dump the whole thing in. Break 'em up a little with whatever you've been stirring this mass with.
Realize that things look kind of thin. Look for a can of tomato sauce. Failing that, look for a can of condensed tomato soup. Failing that, panic, and then decide that the can of "Old-Fashioned Tomato Rice (condensed) soup" is good enough. Do not spend much time considering why they spelled "Old" correctly (as opposed to "Olde"). Fold it in to the mixture anyway.
Once that's integrated, dump in about 3/4lb (uncooked) pasta (cooked). (I used plain-jane elbow macaroni) Go wash some container to put the 1/4lb (uncooked) pasta (that you cooked with the rest of it) into the fridge.
Turn down the heat to something resembling "warm". Simmer until the dishwasher is finished washing all the uncleaned containers that you'll have to pack the leftovers in.
Optionally, consider that maybe you should've tasted it at some point and then at random intervals, stir in things like some dried parsley flake or dried oregano. Put the cover back on as the dishwasher is still running.
UPDATE: Oh, and check on it and stir every once in a while. Seems that even at really-low heat, it still wants to find a way to fuse itself to the surface of the non-stick pan that you never treat with as much care as you should've. I should also add that this recipe makes what I would consider "A hell of a lot."
UPDATE 2: Came out tasting good, and I've plenty of leftovers for this week