Three Chefs Spaghetti

 Once you try this spaghetti sauce you may never miss meat balls again!
Once you try this spaghetti sauce you may never miss meat balls again!
 This spaghetti has 3 different kinds of meat and 2 kinds of tomatoes!
This spaghetti has 3 different kinds of meat and 2 kinds of tomatoes!
 First stage complete! Onions, green peppers, garlic & mushrooms. Add to simmering tomato sauce!
First stage complete! Onions, green peppers, garlic & mushrooms. Add to simmering tomato sauce!
 Ground beef & pork browned and drained ready for the simmering tomato sauce!
Ground beef & pork browned and drained ready for the simmering tomato sauce!
 Mild Italian Brats browned drained and ready for simmering tomato sauce!
Mild Italian Brats browned drained and ready for simmering tomato sauce!
 Sauce simmered for an hour, let set 10 minutes before serving!
Sauce simmered for an hour, let set 10 minutes before serving!
 All that is needed is a good wine and garlic bread, for a great meal!
All that is needed is a good wine and garlic bread, for a great meal!

How Many, Is Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen?

I'm sure you've heard the saying "too many cooks in the kitchen". The insinuation is that there must be a game plan or general agreement for things to run smoothly in the kitchen. Well it was about thirty years ago, that the "too many cooks in the kitchen" theory got set on it's ear by the creation of the best tasting spaghetti that I have ever tasted!

Three Heads Are Better Than One! It was a monumental occasion! First my Father, Uncle and Grandfather, who all lived in different countries were staying at our home in Georgia. It was the first time they were together in over ten years. Secondly, they decided to make home made spaghetti.You could see the dark clouds forming on the horizon as they came back from the grocery and started laying out their plans on meal preparation! My Uncle insisted on using green pepper, of which my Dad was not a fan! My Dad wanted to use ground pork, which my Grandfather didn't like! My Grandfather's contribution was Italian brats, which really didn't go over very well with either son! So after more than a little bickering, all three started cooking and adding their own twist on the meal. When the smoke settled all three had to admit that the resulting dish was better than their own version!

Great taste of Meat balls without the hassle! I have recreated that dish from the best of my recollection. When you serve it to your family or friends they will think that the Italian brats are meat balls! The secret to cooking this spaghetti is to simmer the sauce while cooking the vegetables and meat in three separate and distinct stages. The three stages allow for proper browning of the meat and draining of the fat and allows you to cook the green pepper well before adding the onion, so that it's taste is mild and doesn't over power the dish!

Ingredients

4 Italian sausage brats (mild) sliced

3/4 lb. ground pork sausage

3/4 lb. ground beef

1 large onion chopped

1 large green pepper chopped

11/8 tsp. salt

2/3 tsp. pepper

1-28 oz. can tomato puree

1-28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup White Zinfandel wine

1 crushed bay leaf

1/4 tsp. oregano

1 tsp.garlic salt

1 tsp.Italian seasoning

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1 tbs. minced garlic

5 Tbs. olive oil

1 lb. spaghetti pasta noodels

Directions

Begin by putting tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes in a large pot, add 1tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper. Add 1/4 cup wine, 1/4 tsp. oregano, 1tsp. garlic salt and 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Then set the stove to simmer and place a lid on the pot. It should simmer at least 1 hr before it will be ready. Stir every 5-8 minutes.

In 3 table spoons olive oil, saute the chopped green pepper after about 2 minutes add the chopped onions, when the onions become transparent add the minced garlic and the sliced mushrooms. Cook until the mushrooms are slightly brown, then add entire mixture to the tomato pot to simmer.

In 1 tbs. olive oil brown ground beef and ground pork. Add 1/8 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper, drain off fat and add to tomato sauce pot to simmer,

In 1 tbs. olive oil brown Italian sausage brats sliced, drain off fat and add to the tomato sauce pot to simmer.

After about 1 hour simmer time check sauce, if ready let stand 10 minutes before serving!

Directions for pasta

Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil, add 1 Tbs. salt. Add pasta and stir occasionally for 10-12 minutes uncovered. Drain and serve.

Directions for garlic bread

Cut a French loaf of bread diagonally in about 2 in wide pieces. Butter well on one side, sprinkle garlic salt on the butter, then sprinkle parsley flakes. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until brown.

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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Wow! as a full blooded Italian I can taste that creation now. I enjoyed you telling the story of the three cooks. AWESOME!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks CYBERSUPE for your post! Spaghetti is a dish very close to my heart and the first dish I cooked for my wife when we were dating. There's a reason they had spaghetti on Lady & the Tramp, the Walt Disney cartoon, it is definitely one of the most romantic dishes on the planet!


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

The sausage is a brilliant idea,even my Cajun grandmother never thought of that or she might even tied to make a Cajun Spagetti dish with Cajun sausage:)!!


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suny51 6 years ago

HI Nifty

This sounds and looks a very tasty item,and the saying you are talking about, does not apply on this one,no way.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Mentalist acer for your post! I don't think there is a wrong type of sausage or wine for that matter to serve with this dish. It's just a matter of personal preference! Chorizo sausage would work as well.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

I believe some of the best ideas are conceived through brain storming and cooperative thought. Sometimes it is the smallest most obscure idea or suggestion that opens the flood gates to new possibilities! Thanks suny51 for your post!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I like spaghetti very much. For me, better not using pork. I'll change with smoke beef. It look better. Thank you very much. You are a good chef. Have a great day!

Prasetio


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Judimae 6 years ago from Seaford, NY

Hi Nifty, thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe and story. The photos are great and enhance the recipe greatly. I will try this method of making sauce when the weather cools a bit. I think wine enhances the sauce and will try a white zinfandel for a change as I always use red. I am a brand new member of HubPages and am so glad that I joined to find such wonderful content here. Can't wait to read some of your other recipes.

Judi


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judydianne 6 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

This is truly an original recipe. Wonder what they would do with lasagna? Good job on this hub!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

A new twist on an old tale is always something of interest, and even though my own sauce is really high on my list, this looks fantastic and I will be trying it on for size fairly soon.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks for posting prasetio30! I feel that no recipe is written in stone,changing it to suit your taste is what cooking is all about( and new discoveries are made)!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Judimae I would like to officially welcome you to Hub Pages! And thank you for posting! I think that you will really like this recipe and the White Zinfandel makes it lighter and tastier! I hope to post more Italian recipes in the future!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

A lasagna...now that would have been interesting! Unfortunately the trio have moved to that "great kitchen beyond"! I'm sure that they are still cooking and bickering up there too! One thing I can say for certain, they wouldn't use dry noodles or cottage cheese(they were too old school for that!)Thanks judydianne for your post!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Springboard thanks for your post!I have to tell you that I had my doubts about green peppers in spaghetti sauce! The secret is to start cooking them about 2-3 minutes before the onions. It makes them softer and not over powering! The Italian brats bring plenty of flavor to the sauce(I recommend mild)!


MaryRenee 6 years ago

Nice hub Nifty! This spaghetti looks like a real hearty Italian favorite! The pictures are great! It's always great to have recipies to share with family. Thanks so much for sharing this, Nifty! :)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great hub and I am sure brought back great memories for you with the three generations involved - makes me wan to have a family special recipe pasta dish tonight :)


SafeCard 6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

I am not sure how many is too many, but my daughter and I enjoy working together to create new dishes.


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Dr irum 6 years ago

its a great creation of pasta of your grandfathers or three minds . I really enjoyed reading this pasta creation .Thanks


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks MaryRenee for your compliments! My wife took most of the pictures, with her 35 digital, she is quite the shutter bug! Hub pages is really a blessing when it comes to sharing recipes with the family, or even vacation pictures! When someone I know wants a recipe I just refer them to my profile page!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

I think that passing on one of my Grandfather's recipes is a tribute that would make him very proud! Breaking bread with the extended family is a rarity today and those moments should be treasured! Thank you Billyaustindillon for your post!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks SafeCard for your post! I think the number of people that can work together in a kitchen depends alot on the chemistry. If the chemistry is wrong, two is too many! Yet to maximize the brain storming effect there should be a differing of ideas, styles and techniques!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Dr irum for your kind words! It's like that painter on PBS says about painting(as it relates to cooking)"there are no mistakes only "happy" accidents.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Well this appears to have been a "happy accident" and it sound delicious. Thanks for sharing this story and recipe.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

You're welcome Peggy w! Thanks for your interest and your post!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

YUM!! My husband LOVES spaghetti, so I'll have to try this!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

I don't think he will be disappointed! Thanks for posting habee!


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katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Yum yum yum, nifty I think that's you at any age,


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks katyzzz for your compliment!


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

We really, really love spaghetti at our home. Even during summer months, I make it at least once a week. We will have to try your three chefs version for sure!


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks stephhicks68 for your post! What really makes this sauce special is the mild Italian sausage, the well cooked green pepper and the White Zin Fandel wine!


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Entourage_007 6 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

All of these recipes look so appetizing. Thank you for the information. Believe it or not, I am cooking as we speak. This is going to me an amazing meal.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks Entourage_007 your comments are too kind! Sharing recipes with others is a wonderful legacy and makes a great future reference for yourself as well!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

This does sound delicious. It seems to be sort of your own version of Spaghettini Bolognese. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe and good story.


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nifty@50 6 years ago Author

Thanks James A Watkins for your post! This spaghetti is kind of like the Supreme pizza at Pizza Hut, fully loaded! If you enjoy spaghetti and meatballs you will like this recipe!


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Francesca27 5 years ago from Hub Page

Excellent! I'm ready to try your recipe soon. Francesca27


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nifty@50 5 years ago Author

Thanks Francesca27, for your post! I think you'll enjoy this recipe it is very old style Italian!

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