We did this with a pound of hamburger and half a pound of italian sausage. We also used italian diced tomatos. Very, very tasty!
This was OK for us but very bland. It really didn't have much flavor to it. I followed the recipe as written. I cooked a pound of macaroni but only used about a 1/4 of them. If I would have used the full pound I don't think you would have tasted anything but the noodles. I took it the next day for lunch and it still didn't have much flavor (at times things taste a lot better when they sit). Made for an easy quick meal.