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Easy Peasy Hamburger Spaghetti
This is probably one of the easiest meals that I make. But as easy as it is, it is also probably one of the most delicious.
We eat a lot of Italian and Mexican food in our home. So you'll always find tomato sauce and pasta in our pantry.
When we have a chance, I really like to make my own Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce with tomatoes from our plants out the side of the house, or when we get a good supply of fresh tomatoes, but we didn't have any available for this recipe.
If you prefer, you can make this dish without the hamburger for a nice vegetarian meal, add some delicious Turkey Meatballs for a traditional spaghetti and meatballs, or even add some chicken and make this Quick and Easy Chicken Spaghetti.
I know you'll really enjoy this simple to make, but super delicious recipe. Let's get started on making it for yourself!
- 2 inches angel hair pasta
- 1 (24oz) jar pasta sauce, (or see my recipe for Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce)
- 1 pound hamburger
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 pinch salt
- I start by filling a small soup pot at least halfway full with water to boil my spaghetti.
- Set your pot on the stove and add a pinch of salt to it. The salt helps it to heat up faster and boil hotter.
- Finally, cover it with a lid and boil it on high heat.
- In the meantime, you'll want to cook your pound of hamburger, or in my case, defrost it.
- My husband immediately cooks all of our raw hamburger meat when we get it home from the grocery store, bags it up into sandwich bags by the pound, and freezes it so I can use it when I need it.
- When defrosted, or cooked completely, pour it into a medium saucepan for your pasta sauce.
- When your water is boiling, add the right amount of pasta desired to your pot.
- I only wanted two servings, and thanks to my handy dandy pasta measuring tool, I was able to measure out the exact amount I wanted for the two of us.
- I also break my pasta in half before adding it into the water, and then I stir it immediately with a wooden spoon so it wouldn't stick to the pot or stick to each other.
- I put the cover back on, but only halfway, to keep it from splashing out of the pot.
- Now we make the pasta sauce.
- Add in the whole jar of pasta sauce to your medium sauce pot of hamburger. If you prefer to use my Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce recipe, use about 3 cups of sauce.
- Season your sauce with basil and oregano.
- Now add your parsley and mix everything together well.
- Cover your pot and continue heating together for 3-5 minutes.
- When your pasta is done, meaning that you should pull out a piece or two and test it for doneness, pour it into a strainer in your sink.
- Do NOT rinse it with water. It has a natural coating from cooking that will keep it from sticking together.
- When everything is done, I highly suggest piling on the spaghetti sauce on top of your noodles, and then liberally pour Parmesan on top of that.
- Serve alongside a salad or steamed veggies for the best result, with a few pieces of my Easy Peasy Garlic Bread, of course.
- Yummy! Yummy!
|Serving size: 1 cup of hamburger spaghetti|
|Calories from Fat||81|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 9 g||14%|
|Carbohydrates 15 g||5%|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 12 g||24%|
|Cholesterol 35 mg||12%|
|Sodium 931 mg||39%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
The only suggestion that I might make in regards to making this meal that much better is to avoid the chemicals and preservatives found in store bought pasta in the jar, and make your own at home.
See my recipe for Homemade Homegrown Tomato Sauce for a simple and delicious tomato sauce that can be used in a variety of ways, in many different dishes.
I like to use angel hair rather than regular spaghetti pasta because it gives my pasta dishes a much lighter, airier feeling than a heavy, thick spaghetti pasta. I've always liked the texture and the change in taste angel hair makes in every meal in which it is served.
Obviously it doesn't actually change the taste of the pasta, but instead gives you the opportunity to enjoy all of the other flavors the dish includes.
And finally, we don't usually have Italian dishes (not even pizza) without a good dose of yummy Parmesan cheese. You've seen in past recipes that I will even put it on my mashed potatoes. Parmesan kind of gives the meal a nice finish.
And of course, it wouldn't be an Italian dish without some Fantastic But Easy Garlic Bread. Enjoy!!
Do you prefer your pasta sauce with or without meat?
© 2014 Victoria Van Ness