Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mom's Spaghetti

I'm sure everyone has their own spaghetti recipe that they love. My mom has been making this spaghetti all my life and it's my all time favorite spaghetti...I prefer it over any other meat sauce I've tried. Not to mention, it is definitely my "go-to" recipe because it is so easy and always good.


1 lb of ground beef
1 small onion (diced) or frozen diced white onion
1 can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, & oregano seasoning*
1 can of tomato paste with basil, garlic, & oregano seasoning*
1 jar of red spaghetti sauce (I ALWAYS use Ragu but I vary the flavors...sometimes Parmesan and Romano...sometimes 6 cheese...sometimes Traditional)
1 box of pasta noodles (I use whole wheat noodles)
Grated parmesan cheese (optional)

*If you can't find diced tomatoes and/or tomato paste with basil, garlic, & oregano seasoning, that's fine...just get the regular kind.


In a large pan, simmer diced onions in 1-2 T of olive oil on medium heat. As onions become translucent, add ground beef and cook until completely browned. Drain fat and water off of the beef/onion mixture and return to stove. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and spaghetti sauce to beef/onion mixture, and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Continue simmering to heat all the ingredients, but turn the eye down some.

While preparing the sauce, cook pasta noodles according to directions.

After the noodles are cooked, I always add noodles to my pasta sauce directly and mix everything together. I find that it keeps better this way in the fridge and the freezer. I know some people prefer to add sauce to their noodles when they eat the spaghetti, so it's all a matter of preference.

Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve!