This is an old family favorite. We always called in cavatini, not sure why, we just did. Give me enough time and it will come back to me but as of now, it is what it is.....cavatini! We make this with mushrooms, without them, it is not cavatini! We also must have the radiatore pasta You just use any short cut pasta and you will be fine!
Don't slaughter me over the canned mushrooms, they are actually my husbands favorite and some people have VERY strong opinions about them for sure! Feel free to use fresh, no biggie, your cavatini, your decision! The red pepper flakes are a must, this is spicy, and sweet, and has beefy mushrooms and ground beef, it is so hearty and ABOVE ALL...........do NOT skimp on the massive amount of cheese, I won't be able to forgive myself for failing you, if you do!
16 oz pasta, cooked and drained (we MUST use radiatore)
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
2, 7 oz cans of mushrooms or (16 oz fresh, sliced mushrooms)
1 lb hamburger (lean)
1 10.75 oz can tomato soup
1 16 oz jar pasta sauce
2 T sugar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
Get your pasta cooked according to package directions and drained. Preheat your oven to 375 while it is groovin'.
Drain your pasta and add in your butter and olive oil. Let it begin to sizzle and add in your drained mushrooms. Saute for a couple of minutes and then remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl. Set aside.
Add in your hamburger and cook until browned. Toss in your tomato soup and pasta sauce, and RINSE that pasta sauce jar, you need that bit of extra liquid anyway! Dump it into the pot and stir. Now for the red pepper flakes, I use usually 1.5 tsp, but start with one, or even half. Toss them in and stir to combine and heat those babies up! Add in your sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Add your mushrooms and pasta in and stir until completely combined.
Pour into a buttered 9x13 casserole and smooth out the top. Let it rain cheese and in the oven you go! Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve bubbling hot! (with crusty bread)