I made this the alternate way (with not-so-lean beef). It was pretty good, but it seems to me like the sauce tasted better by itself than on the noodles. I thought it tasted a little watery on the noodles. My husband said it had a winey taste. Maybe it would taste better if I tried it using the lean beef version. I think next time I make this I will try adding a little beef bouillon to the water to give it more flavor. This recipe has been tagged for the Bargain Basement game.