Wednesday, November 5, 2008

swift spaghetti

i have adapted this recipe from taste of home magazine. yes, i subscribe to a cooking magazine. i've even checked out past copies of taste of home from the library.

yeah, something might be wrong with me.

i love spaghetti. i love pasta. even better - my kids love it, so it makes me happy to know that i'm slaving over something they'll love. i recently tried this recipe out and took half of it to my fabulous sister-in-law to feed her family, as she had just had surgery. while my first go-round with this recipe wasn't fabulous, the second one was much better.

this is awesome and can be made on a weeknight AFTER work - serve with bagged salad and store bought garlic bread and it's DINNER.

swift spaghetti

*8 oz. dry spaghetti noodles
*5 1/2 cups water
*1 pkg. onion soup mix

*1 - 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
*1 6-oz. can tomato paste
*1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
*1 tsp. basil
*1/2 tsp. oregano
*1 T parsley
*salt and pepper

in a large pot, bring the water to a boil. make sure you measure it; you won't be draining the spaghetti. when the water boils, add the onion soup mix and the spaghetti. i never buy a pkg. of spaghetti that small, so (don't cringe) i usually just eyeball what 8 oz. is. ha ha ha. cook the spaghetti according to package directions, about 12 mins. stir occasionally to keep the spaghetti from sticking the bottom of the pot. or do what dumb asses like i am do and use non-stick cookware. stir it anyway, ok?

when you put the water on to boil, in a separate skillet, brown the ground beef. i usually use very lean ground beef, so i don't drain it, but if you use 80-20, you'll want to drain the hamburger. sesaon with salt and pepper while the beef cooks. after you drain it, add the spices and the tomato paste and sauce. stir well to combine, keep warm.

when the spaghetti is cooked (almost all of the water should be absorbed...) stir the meat mixture into the noodles. heat through and serve. you'll seriously have this on your table in less than 30 minutes.


Erin said...

This recipe looks awesome. I just made spaghetti for dinner tonight, but I'm putting this on the menu for next week. HAH! Like I actually have a menu going. What I really mean is I'm printing this recipe and I will try it next time I have ground beef thawed.

Anonymous said...

Hmm...can I open a can of tomato sauce and call it good? If so, I'm all over this. I'm not even sure where to buy tomato paste... :)

jess said...

um, elana. no. you need tomato paste; they have it at the grocery store. it's in a small can. and they even have one with basil added to it. tomato paste is what gives the sauce its body...

Anonymous said...


No, I meant, can I just use spaghetti sauce, like Hunts? Or do I have to make it?

jess said...

no, you cannot use hunts. it would be watery!

Connie said...

This is perfect! I have a box of onion soup mix in my pantry that I bought for a recipe and then never made it.

Tomato paste is a wonderful ingredient! Best 35 cents you can ever spend!

Connie said...

I just made this last night and it was a HUGE hit! Even little Meghan ate some. Big Pappa said it is almost exactly like a dish he had as a kid and wants me to make it often!