Organic spaghetti, organic tomato + basil + garlic pasta sauce, French bread, and ground beef chuck cooked with chopped lettuce! Ready in 30 minutes (or less, with proper multitasking).
- 1 lbs ground beef chuck (I used 80/20 lean)
- ~1/2 cup chopped lettuce
- 1-2 servings of dry pasta
- 1 can of spaghetti sauce (I used organic Basil & Garlic)
- French bread (4 slices)
- spices (salt, pepper, butter, chili powder, parsley, tarragon leaves, and whatever else you choose)
- Put a medium-large pot on the stove, max heat, to boil. Add a pinch of salt to raise the temperature. Cover with lid to help boil faster.
- Put a smaller pot or skillet on another burner, mid-low heat, and add your ground beef chuck. (I used fresh, so no thawing necessary.) Stir as you go to break up the meat.
- Add spices to meat. (I used 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, a small pinch of chili powder, 1 tsp parsley, and 1 tsp tarragon leaves – spice to your own tastes/dietary restrictions).
- When water is boiling, add your dry pasta (I snap mine in half to fit in the pot easier) and cook 8-10 minutes or as directed by your pasta instructions.
- Chop your lettuce and, when the meat is mostly browned, add the lettuce to the meat pot and cover.
- If you have a toaster, slice some bread and toast it. If you don’t have a toaster or toaster oven, like me, set your oven to broil, give it a few minutes to heat up, and set under the burner for 1 min 30 sec – 2 min until browned. Broiling gives you the chance to add butter first (and garlic, if you have some). (Keep an eye on that broiler, though.)
- Strain your spaghetti when cooked and set aside somewhere it can keep warm.
- When the meat has finished browning to your liking, strain the meat/lettuce and let all the excess drain out. (Shaking helps with melted meat fat.)
- In the pot/pan the meat was in, add 1/2 – 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (any flavor). Let it heat on low and, when the meat/lettuce has drained, add it to the sauce. Let it warm up a while – don’t rush it or you’ll have explosive spaghetti sauce!
- When the sauce/meat is steaming well, evacuate and pour over your spaghetti.
- Eat and leave the dishes for your roommate.
As an added bonus, I like to get a spaghetti sauce jar that I can remove the label and use later for crafts / glass etching! That’s why I picked the sauce I picked. Because I have an unhealthy obsession with containers.