Tuesday, April 7, 2009

One-Pot Spaghetti

1/2 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey)
1 c. mushrooms (I prefer fresh, and sliced)
1/2 c. chopped onion (1 medium)
1 14-oz can chicken broth
1 3/4 c. water
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 tsp. dried italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. black pepper
6 oz. dry spaghetti, broken

Cook meat, mushrooms, and onion in a large saucepan over med-high heat until meat is browned and onions are tender.  Stir in broth, water, tomato paste, seasoning, and pepper and bring to a boil.  Add in spaghetti, a little at a time, stirring constantly.  Return to a boil, then reduce heat and boil gently for 17-20 minutes or until noodles are to desired doneness and sauce is desired consistency.  Serve with parmesan cheese.

I thought this was absolutely delicious, and Mac loved it too!  It was way easy, and it took about 30 minutes, start to finish.  I didn't have any tomato paste, so I reduced the water to 3/4 cup and used a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce instead. Turned out great!  I also made a whole-wheat french baguette to go along with the meal, and that was an excellent accompaniment to soak up the sauce.