Sweet and Simple Spaghetti

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Pasta

When I was growing up my family didn’t have a lot of money, especially not for buying a lot of different groceries.  I remember eating a lot of chicken, and a lot of spaghetti.  In fact, we had spaghetti quite often and I grew to dread spaghetti nights!  When I went away to college and I had the freedom to choose my meals, I never had spaghetti.  In fact, I probably went a good 2-3 years without eating it.  Well, one Sunday after church the pastor and his wife invited us over for lunch and lo and behold, they were having spaghetti!  Of course, I didn’t want to be rude (especially to the pastors wife!) so I took a serving of spaghetti and prepared to get through it the best I could.  To my surprise, the spaghetti had a slight sweetness to it which paired perfectly with the grated Parmesan on top.  I ended up eating my whole plate and even went back for more.  Good thing I learned to love spaghetti because my husbands favorite food just so happens to be spaghetti.  And his absolute favorite spaghetti is this sweet spaghetti.  Hope you enjoy it!

Sweet and Simple Spaghetti

1 pound of spaghetti noodles

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon of butter

8 ounces of sliced mushrooms

2 cloves of garlic or 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic

1 pound of ground beef (or ground turkey or sausage)

1 26 ounce jar of marinara sauce (I use Trader Joes)

2 teaspoons of  salt

few dashes of pepper

scant 1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of sliced black olives

1 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon of basil

grated Parmesan

Set water for pasta to boil.  Heat olive oil and butter in large skillet.  Add mushrooms and garlic and cook stirring frequently until mushrooms are slightly translucent.  Remove mushrooms from skillet and add ground beef.  (you can add another tablespoon or so of olive oil if needed)  Once ground beef is browned, add marina sauce and turn to medium low heat. (It should be about ready to add spaghetti to boiling water, cook according to package directions)  Add sugar, salt, and other spices.  Adjust to your taste, if it is too sweet add more salt, if its too salty add more sugar.  Add mushrooms and olives and let simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.     Drain pasta and toss with salt and olive oil to keep pasta from sticking.  Serve sauce over noodles and top with Parmesan cheese.



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