This old Italian favorite has been adopted by America to the point of calling it an American dish. It's a quick and easy dinner choice and makes a complete meal when added to a green salad, garlic Italian bread and a bottle of red wine. Light a couple candles on the dining room table and it's a culinary delight that says romance.
Things You'll Need
- 1 package spaghetti
- 1 pound hamburger
- 1/2 pound Italian sausage
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- 1-1/2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 2 (14 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- Parmesan cheese
Pour 3 to 4 quarts of water into a large pot and bring to a boil on medium heat. Put in enough spaghetti for those dining with you, and cook it until the pasta is tender. Add a tablespoon of olive oil. This will keep the pasta from boiling over.
Put 1 pound of hamburger and 1/2 pound of Italian sausage (uncased) into a large frying pan (skillet). Cook it on medium heat, breaking up the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
Chop one small onion, one garlic clove and one green bell pepper while the spaghetti and meat are cooking. Pour the vegetables into the meat mixture when it is half cooked (there is still some pink color to the meat). Let the vegetables sauté while the meat finishes cooking.
Add a couple shakes of salt and pepper to the meat mixture. Add one can tomato paste, two cans crushed tomatoes and 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano to the meat mixture when all the pink color in the meat is gone. Stir and cook it until the spaghetti is tender.
Strain the spaghetti. Rinse the pasta with warm water to remove the excess starch.
Place the pasta on a platter or large bowl and pour the tomato sauce on top. Sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese.
Tips & Warnings
- You may use other types of pasta in this recipe.
- Photo Credit Food Trails at Flickr
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