As a young bride, I didn't know how to cook a meal. Yep, Mother never allowed me in the kitchen except to clean. I think it had something to do with that burned hamburger and smoky walls. Oh, we were so lucky that I didn't burn down the house!
I started the stove and decided it was time to practice my flute in the basement. I was young and stupid. My sis decided it was time to nap on the couch. She woke up to a very smoky house. First, we opened windows (it was winter time) than we started cleaning kitchen cabinets and walls. We were exhausted till older sister came in from her job and got us washing walls all over again. Finally, Mother came in and saw the walls and we all washed some more. She said she wished she claimed it on their home owners insurance. The only way that the walls looked clean and white again was some good paint.
Everyone has a horror story of childhood I think this was one of mine.
So, faced without much knowledge of making meals, one of my older sisters clued me into how to make spaghetti. After that, I always had some spaghetti in the pantry, a jar of sauce, and some hamburger in the freezer. Sometimes I had onions, sometimes I did not.
Cook your hamburger till brown (I used a 1 pound of hamburger, you can half this and use less). I love using a meat masher that you see in the right hand corner. It chops up the meat into little crumbles instead of big clops.
Then add in some onions if you have them. Onion prep: at the beginning of the week chop up a onion and put it in a sealed plastic baggy in the refrigerator. It will really help with future meals!
As your meat is cooking, start boiling your water and add your spaghetti noodles. Cook until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Listen, I would tell you how many noodles to cook but let's just say I have enough left over to feed to the chickens (they think they are worms).
Add sauce (any kind you like) into the browned hamburger and cook until warm on medium.
If what's keeping you from making spaghetti is that you don't have time to make the sauce from scratch, stop that. Just find some jars on sale, stock up when you do, and use them instead. Don't feel guilty about it either. There is no way I can make a sauce as good as store bought (what's on sale is my favorite).
**To make one jar of spaghetti sauce stretch to feed more people, add a can or jar of tomatoes.
Drain pasta and toss with about 1 tblsp of butter.
I like to keep my pasta and sauce separately. That way each person can dish up how much they would like. Granddaughter just likes to eat pasta by itself with a little butter.
What's your favorite meal that's quick and easy?
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