This is one of those super easy recipes that are to cook on a busy weeknight. Most of the ingredients can be found in the pantry in a moment’s notice. Like many of the things I cook, I take pre-made items, like my favorite brand spaghetti sauce, and add a few things to make it more of my own. You can add or take away any of my ingredients to make this your own too! One thing that’s super easy to swap out is your choice of meat. I have used ground deer meat, turkey, as well as beef. Of course, turkey and deer meat are the healthier options and we use them more than beef around our house.
1 lb of your choice ground meat
24 oz of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon crushed rosemary (optional)
1/4 teaspoon basil leaves (optional)
1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning (optional) (similar to the rosemary and basil)
garlic or garlic powder (optional)
salt & pepper to taste
- Get your ground meat in the pan, turn on medium heat, and start to break it down. While that’s going, gather your spices (if needed). Don’t add them quite yet.
2. Decide on how much noodles you want. I love my new pasta measurer I got from Pampered Chef! It takes a lot of the guesses away and I get just about the right amount every time! Get that boiling in a pot of water. TIP: Want to make your spaghetti even more flavorful? Add a tablespoon of salt for every pound of noodles while the pasta is cooking! Boil until they are just about fully cooked and are still a little chewy.
3. Add your sauce to your meat and continue on medium to heat. Turn to low if it starts to boil. Add your spices now if you are choosing to do so.
Once your noodles are just about done, add them straight to your sauce (do not wash the noodles off and it’s ok if a little of the pasta water gets into your sauce – that helps thicken the sauce from the starch in the noodles!) Also, by adding your noodles to your sauce to finish cooking in the sauce, the noodles actually absorb the sauce! Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until noodles are fully cooked to your liking.4. Throw in a bowl, add some garlic bread, and you’re ready to go! I had some chopped parsley left in the fridge so I topped it with a sprinkle of that.