I love this recipe. It is a great winter comfort food. It's warm, hearty, creamy, and pasta-y. Perfect for this time of year. As for the origins of this recipe, I'm the third generation to make particular recipe. I'm not sure where my grandmother found it, but I am sure glad she did. I would get so excited when my mom would make this when I was a kid. I used to love stealing pieces of the meat out of the pan while it was browning. Ethan (the fiance) does the same thing with me when I make it. Usually a piece somehow gets to the dog, too.
One note about this recipe: it's good. Like really, really good. I've had people tell me it's better than their moms. That, folks, is a compliment. So let's get to it!