Heat a large pot of water to boil pasta.
In a large sauté or frying pan, heat oil, add onion, and sauté until soft and wilted. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add ground beef or sausage and seasonings, and cook until meat is no longer pink. Add marinara sauce and simmer lightly while pasta is cooking.
Boil Penne or Elbow Pasta for no longer than 8 to 10 minutes, as the pasta will keep cooking in the sauce. Drain well in colander, shake off excess water, and add to meat sauce. Mix well, add Parmesan and mix again. Put pasta in large serving bowl, sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese and parsley, and serve hot.
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