This is a great recession meal. Very inexpensive yet HEALTHY and filling! You just do not find that very often. So many recipes that are quick and easy... one pan wonders... etc.. are high in fat and calories and lack much nutrition. I like to hide more veggies in here too! Think carrots, celery, etc,, grated, diced, chopped whatever. If you like spicy foods try Hot & Spicy V8 here and you can even add some cayenne if you like. There is just something we like about spicy mixed with sweet- so the hint of sweetness in the sauce is fantastic. At my house, whoever finds the bay leaf is the lucky one! Just do not eat it Hope you enjoy this comforting casserole!