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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Three Meat Marinara



    Spaghetti is one of my kids favorites. They all eat it, well except one. (Isn't there always just that one?) I probably make this 3 times a month at least. For awhile, it was a regular Sunday supper - spaghetti, salad, and cheesy bread. I even had one kid request it "Sunday night could be spaghetti night right?" They nibble on it throughout the week and it's usually gone by Wednesday. Thankfully, I have taught most of our kids that taking leftovers for lunch is SO much cheaper.
    But this is a good, hearty and flavorful sauce that's not too much spice for most anybody and nice and easy.

Three Meat Marinara
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage
1/2 pkg. sliced pepperoni (15-20 slices)
1 can/jar favorite spaghetti sauce
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. onion powder
salt and pepper
1/2 lb. spaghetti (we use angel hair or thin spaghetti)
olive oil (regular cooking oil is fine)

Brown meat 5 minutes seasoning with salt and pepper. Add garlic, stirring occasionally until meat is cooked. Drain.

In large saucepan,  combine, meat, pepperoni, spaghetti sauce and spices. This can simmer on low for hours or be ready in 20 minutes.

Fifteen minutes before serving, bring large pot of water to boil. Add splash of olive oil.  When water is at full boil add pasta and cook 7-10 min. (thinner the pasta, less time.) 

Add sprinkle of salt after water has come back to boil. Drain pasta. Put layer of pasta on plates and top with sauce and Parmesan.

Serves 5-6. Good served with cheesy bread and salad.

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