Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One Pot Spaghetti

For as long as I can remember spaghetti has been a staple in our meal rotation.  It's one of those meals that I always have the makings for, it comes together very quickly and it's a family favorite.  Let's face it, it's the type of recipe that everyone likes to have in their repertoire.  Could anything really make it better?

Well, I thought not.  Until a few weeks ago.
That's when I saw a recipe for a one pot spaghetti.  I mean we're talking the meat, homemade sauce, and pasta all cooking in one pot.

Was it a meal that was too goo to be true?  It sounds like it, right?

I'm here to tell you it's not.  This one pot spaghetti is the real deal.  It only takes one pot, a few simple ingredients and about 30 minutes and you've got an amazing, homemade spaghetti.

The thing that makes this spaghetti so special is the cooking of the noodles right in the tomato sauce.  The starch from the noodles combines with the tomato sauce and yields an extremely thick, almost creamy tomato sauce.  Add the meat, fresh basil and a little spice and you've got a meal that will have the whole family coming back for seconds.

Twirl strands of pasta coated with creamy tomato sauce on a plate and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Add a slice of garlic bread and a side salad and you've got a delicious and satisfying meal that is ready in 30 minutes.
So the next time you need a simple meal that only dirties one pot, look no further.  One pot spaghetti is where it's at!

One Post Spaghetti
Ingredients:

1 Pound ground beef
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 White onion, diced
1 Clove garlic, minced
1 Tbsp oregano
1/2 Tsp red pepper flakes
2 Cups vegetable broth
24 Oz tomato sauce
1 Can tomato paste
1 Pound spaghetti
1 Pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 Cup fresh basil
Parmesan, shaved
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Place a large stock pot over medium heat.  Once the pot add the olive oil and then the meat.  Cook for 7-9 minutes.  Add onions, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.  Continue cooking for about 2-3 minutes.  Pour vegetable stock, tomato sauce and tomato paste, stir to combine and bring to a boil.  Add spaghetti, tomatoes and basil.

Reduce heat to a simmer.  Cover with the lid and simmer for about 17 minutes, until noodles are cooked al dente.  Place in serving dishes and top with parmesan.

Recipe source: barely adapted from Rachel Shultz

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