Growing up in the south, my family made plenty of home cooked meals. One of my all time favorite foods was spaghetti. This spaghetti recipe came from my great grandmother who always found new recipes and unique ways to prepare them, and boy, did she know how to make it! She made this pasta almost every Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even when we just had family get togethers. What’s unique about this recipe is that even though it’s an Italian dish, she adds a little multicultural flare by adding taco mix. To us, it never gets old. I even crave it now. This recipe makes approximately 15 servings. The ingredients are:
2 bell peppers (chopped)
2 onions (chopped)
1 cup of celery (chopped)
2 lbs of ground beef
1 packet of taco mix
1 packet of spaghetti mix
8 cans of tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
1 cup of water
1 large package of spaghetti noodles
1. In a large pot, cook peppers, onions, celery and ground beef together for 15 or 20 minutes on low heat.
2. Add rest of the ingredients (except for the noodles) to the ground beef and vegetables when beef is cooked thoroughly.
3. Let sauce simmer for 20 minutes on low heat.
4. While that is simmering, boil noodles.
5. After the sauce has simmered, add already boiled noodles.
6. Let pasta set for 30 more minutes.
Unlike other spaghetti dishes I’ve tried, this one is savory and unique with the taco mix and vegetables. Do you enjoy leftovers when you’re on a budget? This is the perfect dish, then! It tastes great the next day as well as the first. Kids will love the flavor and they don’t even have to know their eating their vegetables. Overall, this great, southern-made spaghetti brings a whole new perspective to Italian cuisine.