Meaty Spaghetti

24 Mar 2013

Meaty Spaghetti

As a child, I have always loved spaghetti. I loved everything about it: the sauce, the way you can never quite get it all on your fork, the way it feels against you fingers when you are forced to go in a haunted house blindfolded and it is shoved in your face where they yell BRAIINS!! at you as though you have never eaten cooked spaghetti with your hands before.

Whenever I went to my aunt's house when I was younger, I would always request her spaghetti. She made the best spaghetti. And when I say the best, I really mean it.  It would be a burst of delicious flavors, where it was loaded with 3 different kinds of ketchup (where I only thought there was one out there), cut up sausages, and just all around mouth watering goodness that I would eat until I collapsed on the floor and lay there in a ball waiting for my food to be digested, and too tired to move.

Although this isn't my aunt's recipe (I should really ask her about it!) this made a pretty solid spaghetti. It was so good, me and my brother had it for breakfast the next day. Because you can never get enough spaghetti. Never.

What you'll need:

-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 medium onion, minced
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-2 tablespoons butter
-1.5 lbs ground beef
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
-1/2 cup ketchup
-1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
-1 vegetable bouillon cube
-2 cups boiling water
-1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
-1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-1 teaspoon thyme
-1 lb spaghetti


    1.   In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat . Saute the onion and garlic until the onion is transparent.
    2.   Stir in the butter and add the ground meat. Add the salt and cook for 4-5 minutes.
    3.   Pour the boiling water in a medium saucepan, and crumble the bouillon cube in. Mix in the ketchup, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano and thyme, and heat on medium heat, stirring constantly.
    4.   After about 1 hour, add the ground beef mixture and cook for an additional hour, stirring occasionally until desired thickness.
    5.   Cook spaghetti according to package directions. When your desired texture is attained, drain spaghetti and mix together with the sauce.

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  1. spaghetti was my favorite childhood food too and yes, we ate even ate it for breakfas, because heck, why not? i love how everyone has their own version of spaghetti... no matter what, it is good!

  2. Cathleen, I agree with you on everything you say about spaghetti! I love it lots too :) How is it that there are three types of ketchup? You should really get your aunt's recipe.

  3. I love your love of spaghetti. I'm more of a penne girl myself.

  4. My fav spaghetti is Olio de Aglio! yummy

  5. Believe it or not , spaghetti with meat sauce is the first dish that I learned to cook when I was in high school :D Until now , it's my all-time fave ! Your spaghetti looks simply wonderful ! It just makes my mouth water * sigh* ^___^ ''

  6. I've never added ketchup ! Great idea.

  7. This was one of my favorite meals growing up also, I still make it often when I need some comfort food. This looks delicious.

  8. Best comfort food ever :)

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  9. I love spaghetti! Homemade meat spaghetti is always something I crave.

  10. This is my boyfriend's favorite meal! It's the best comfort food!

  11. Ohm my, but this looks delicious! I should be thinking oatmeal and you have me thinking spaghetti :-). Everyone loves this kind of meal and your version sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  12. Now that I'm done with the cleanse, I'm so looking forward to pasta!

  13. Yes, you can never have enough spaghetti, and it's a perfect weekday dish!

  14. Yay! I'm not the only one who has spaghetti for breakfast :D I didn't know there was more than one type of ketchup either o.O Your version of this looks incredibly delicious!

  15. I love pasta too! This is a very tasty and comfortable spaghetti dish!

  16. My grandma always used to make us spaghetti with ketchup and ground beef when she babysat for us. This recipe reminds me of that.

  17. Gosh, the sauce really is meaty! I'll bet the flavor is wonderful. I love pasta, any shape any time! ;-) Good stuff - thanks.

  18. Nothing is more comforting than a bowl with of pasta. This is such a winner.

  19. totally agree - you can never ever have enough spaghetti! this sounds super delicious!


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