Fabulous Nest Friday - Super Speedy Spaghetti
There are few things more comforting than a big bowl of pasta. Spaghetti is one of the first recipes a new cook masters, and is there any doubt why? Even the simplest meat sauce poured over spaghetti noodles looks impressive and tastes great.
Over the years we have enjoyed picking out different pasta sauces and trying them out, and many a pleasant Saturday has been spent chopping, sauteeing, and simmering. My husband makes a mean puttanesca, and one of our favorite culinary memories is of preparing the traditional Italian "Sunday Gravy" recipe from the "Sopranos" cookbook. Full of sausage, pork, chicken, and love, making this sauce was a weekend affair, starting with shopping for all the ingredients on Saturday and then spending Sunday concocting the gravy. Delish!!!
Another great thing about pasta is that it is filling and, for the most part, nutritious. It's everything you need on one plate, which makes it popular with busy families. However, since most pasta dishes are slow cooked, it isn't easy to "whip up" between getting home from work / school and heading out for evening activities. And so, a few weeks ago, when I found a great new recipe that puts pasta on the table quickly, I knew I had to share it with all the busy folks out there!
I found the recipe for One-Pot Spaghetti in my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (as luck would have it, I found a link for you!). I was considering doing a "Retro Recipes" post on spaghetti and meat sauce, and wanted to try out some basic, tested recipes for reference (since I rarely use a recipe). When I read the unusual preparation of this dish (cooking the pasta in the sauce) I knew I had to give it a try. I was really pleased with the results! This is great recipes can be prepared in under an hour using basic kitchen staples. Is it the same as a slow simmered, thick and chunky meat sauce? No, but it would be the perfect weeknight dinner. It's also quite affordable, especially if you are a smart shopper and watch for good buys on ground beef and stock up when it's on sale!
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Have a wonderful long weekend! See you Monday!