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.