My husband very seldom makes requests for dinner. I ask, “What do you want for dinner this week?”, and he generally responds with, “whatever”.
My daughter on the other hand, is full of ideas.
“Spaghetti with 2 meatballs, on the side.”
“Grilled cheese sandwiches with Parmesan cheese.”
“Can we just have candy for dinner?”
So, today, when my husband told me he wanted “crock-pot spaghetti” and my daughter wanted “spaghetti”, I was pretty sure what we were going to have for dinner.
Now, I have never made crock-pot spaghetti before. Honestly, it never crossed my mind, because spaghetti is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. But, when the hubby makes a suggestion, I generally try to comply, since it is few and far between.
I had a general idea of what would go in a crock-pot spaghetti, but I still looked at a few recipes online. And, wow… there are some interesting recipes out there. Creamy spaghetti, mushroom spaghetti, spaghetti squash spaghetti, chicken spaghetti… there are a lot of options out there!!
But I was looking for something simple. Easy. Homemade. I couldn’t really find a recipe for exactly what I was wanting, so I kind of winged it. And I’m so glad I did. It turned out wonderfully! As my daughter put it, “you are a wonderful maker, mommy!”.
I’ll take that accolade, thank you very much.
Okay, so here is what I did.
(Serves 4 – 6 hungry people)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 29 ounces tomato sauce
- 6 ounces tomato juice
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried oregano (use fresh, if you have it!)
- 1 tsp dried basil (use fresh, if you have it!)
- 1/2 pound uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded Parmesan
In a pan, brown ground beef. Transfer to a crock-pot, and add onion, tomato sauce, tomato juice, oregano and basil. Cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 3 – 4 hours. Add in uncooked spaghetti, salt and pepper, and continue cooking another 30 minutes, or until the noodles are cooked through.
Top with shredded Parmesan, and dish up!
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