I think I have said this before on the blog, but as much as I enjoy cooking I love nothing more than an easy and delicious recipe. You have probably seen all sorts of creative one pot pasta dishes all over the internet, but I’m a spaghetti and meat sauce kind of a pasta girl so this one is my favorite so far. This All-In-One Spaghetti from Southern Living could not be easier and even my “I hate tomato sauce” girl liked this because the sauce cooks into the meat and the pasta and I guess it isn’t so tomato-ey???? I’m not completely sure, but she ate it and liked it so that is all that matters to me!
If you aren’t familiar with one pot pasta dishes – then YES, the pasta cooks right in the sauce….brilliant, right????
Jim and I just got back from a trip to Rome and I am still trying to get back into the swing of things. Being away for a week is enough to throw you off balance, but the fact that we just moved into our house a month ago made it even more hectic. We got back on Sunday night and then things started back up just like any other week. No time to relax and get used to the time change for this girl! We had a great time though and the one thing I would say is that if you are hesitating at all about travelling to Europe, please go! I felt so safe the entire time and Italy in particular is very secure – and beautiful! I hate flying and I didn’t freak out once. So don’t pass up a chance head overseas. Just be a smart traveler and you will be just fine.
This is the view of Rome from the top floor of our hotel where we got to eat breakfast every morning. St. Peter’s Basillica is the dome on the right along with the walls of the Vatican. Rome is beautiful but I really liked the countryside in Rome and Tuscany and when I go back I am going to spend more time there.
My favorite day in Italy was our visit to a winery – Santa Benedetta which is just outside of Rome. When Jim was reading off our choices of day trips I think he knew before he even read it to me that this would be my choice. We learned how to make pasta and an Italian cookie and then followed that up with a three hour feast and wine tasting. I also learned that you don’t get drunk if you just keep eating. The food there was amazing and honestly it was largely roasted veggies, cured meats and Italian cheeses. I am pretty sure if you give me that and some good bread or pasta I would be happy for life….oh and lots of EVOO and sea salt…..and wine!
The woman cooking in the picture above was the cute little Italian Nonna that taught us how to make pasta and cookies made from wine. She was a lot of fun and even though she didn’t speak any English at all she had a great time with us – smacking us all in the face with some flour while we made our pasta. Fun!
So, while this dish might not be authentic Italian (I’m not really sure what Nonna would think about one dish pasta meals) it is a great weeknight meal that your whole family will enjoy. Plus, you will love it because it is easy and it won’t keep you in the kitchen forever. Pair it with a nice salad and you will have dinner on the table in no time. I served this up with a cucumber salad with red peppers, onions, dill, olive oil, red wine vinegar and sea salt. That is one of my favorite ways to prepare fresh veggies. I love dill!!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
- 3 cups tomato juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Dash of pepper
- 1 (7-ounce) package spaghetti, uncooked
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Fresh Parsely - Chopped
- Cook first 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain well. Return beef mixture to pan. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 30 minutes.
- Add pasta; cover and simmer, stirring often, 20 minutes or until pasta is tender. Serve with cheese, and garnish, if desired.