One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 Minute Meal)

Hi there! It’s finally Friday which means: Grocery shopping day! We usually go to the grocery store once a week. I plan the menu for the whole week and then make a very detailed grocery list, this way we save lots of money by buying only what we need and we don’t waste any food. By doing this we end up having more nutritious food in our table. It’s a bit of work planning every meal, but there are so many good reasons to do it. How do you handle grocery shopping at your home?

Last week Emi and I had a “mommy-daughter fun day”. For one day, I put aside any chores and house cleaning, didn’t keep track of Emi’s nutritional food intake (counting how many cups of milk, vegetables or fruits she has) which is exhausting by the way. Instead we had pancakes for breakfast, I made my Easy n’ Quick Fried Rice for lunch and had some Chewy Cookies while watching her favorite movie “My Neighbor Totoro”. We also made a blanket fort in the living room. We put all the pillows we have in our house inside the fort and took a two hour nap together (we also ate all of our meals in the fort). Just remembering that day makes me so happy! I think is important to take some time with our kids to get out of the routine and make some memories. Since I didn’t want to spend too much time cooking dinner I made my One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce.

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Before we had Emi, I didn’t mind spending a lot of time in the kitchen but now I just want to cook as fast as I can and if I only use one pot to cook EVEN BETTER! I’ve been testing my regular recipes for a while, looking for shortcuts to make them “busy mommy friendly”, some of those test were successful others not so much, but that’s what pizza’s are for, right?

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

For this recipe you’ll need 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 lb ground chuck beef, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, 1 chopped yellow onion, 5 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp dried ground oregano, 1/2 tsp dried ground basil, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/4 cup white wine (optional), 8 oz sliced white mushrooms, 2 cans (14.5 oz each) petite diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt, pinch ground black pepper, 1/4 tsp dried ground oregano, 1/2 lb thick spaghetti, 2 cups of warm water, 2 tsp chicken bouillon, 3 dried bay leaves and grated Parmesan to serve.

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

In a wide pan or heavy bottomed casserole dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium high. Add 1 lb ground chuck beef, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

Lower heat to medium and add 1 chopped yellow onion, 5 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp dried ground oregano, 1/2 tsp dried ground basil and 1/2 tsp onion powder. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

In the meantime, using a blender or food processor, blend 2 cans (14.5 oz each) petite diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch ground black pepper and 1/4 tsp dried ground oregano, until slightly chunky.

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

If using white wine add now, stir and let evaporate. Add 8 oz sliced white mushrooms. Cook for 3 minutes.

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

Lay 1/2 lb thick spaghetti on top of meat. Dilute 2 tsp chicken bouillon in 2 cups of warm water and pour on top of the spaghetti along with the tomato sauce. Turn up heat to medium high and cook covered for 5 minutes.

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

Low heat to medium and stir everything to spread spaghetti all over the pan. Add 3 dried bay leaves and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until pasta is ready.

 

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

Remove from heat. Remove bay leaves. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving to allow the sauce to thicken.

Serve warm with grated Parmesan on top and enjoy!

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

I can’t put in words how much my family loves this pasta, the thing they love the most is that there is sauce on every bite. I hope you like it as well, let me know if you tried it and remember to give every recipe your special touch. I would love to hear if any of you have a “fun day” every now and then with your kids. Have a great weekend!

One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 Minute Meal)

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chuck beef
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried ground basil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup white wine (optional)
  • 8 oz sliced white mushrooms
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) petite diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried ground oregano
  • 1/2 lb thick spaghetti
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 2 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 3 dried bay leaves
  • Grated Parmesan to serve

Directions

  1. In a wide pan or heavy bottomed casserole dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium high. Add 1 lb ground chuck beef, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp ground black pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Lower heat to medium and add 1 chopped yellow onion, 5 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp dried ground oregano, 1/2 tsp dried ground basil and 1/2 tsp onion powder. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, using a food processor or blender, blend 2 cans (14.5 oz each) petite diced tomatoes or diced tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt, a pinch ground black pepper and 1/4 tsp dried ground oregano, until slightly chunky.
  4. If using white wine add now, stir and let evaporate. Add 8 oz sliced white mushrooms. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Lay 1/2 lb thick spaghetti on top of meat. Dilute 2 tsp chicken bouillon in 2 cups of warm water and pour on top of the spaghetti along with the tomato sauce. Turn up heat to medium high and cook covered for 5 minutes.
  6. Low heat to medium and stir everything to spread spaghetti all over the pan. Add 3 dried bay leaves and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until pasta is ready.
  7. Remove from heat. Remove bay leaves. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving to allow the sauce to thicken.
  8. Serve warm with grated Parmesan on top and enjoy!

A family favorite: One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (30 minute meal)

 

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Sweet and Moist Cornbread

Hey there! I’m so excited it’s finally FRIYAAY, aren’t you?. Last week I shared my Kid Friendly Chili recipe and I promised I was going to share my recipe for the “sweetest and moistest cornbread in the world”. I’ve been looking for a cornbread that my husband will approve for a while now (he always said it wasn’t sweet or moist enough) so I can assure you this recipe has gone through a few trials and errors to get it where it is now.

There are a million recipes for Cornbread but this one is my family favorite. Give this Sweet and Moist Cornbread recipe a try, you won't regret it!

Writing this week’s post was a bit of a challenge because toddlers are unpredictable. I usually work on the blog while Emi naps (about two hours a day) but this week her sleeping schedule has been a little off, which messes up my everyday schedule (cleaning, cooking, drinking coffee to survive). But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do and we have to learn to live with it and make the best of it. I’m sure the stay-at-home parents reading this must agree (specially the coffee part).

On the bright side, my husband is taking Monday off so we have a long weekend to spend together, eat and have so much fun, but mostly to eat. Celebrating 4th of July in our home is a big deal. We have great respect for this country that we are blessed enough to call home and even though it’s only the three of us celebrating this holiday, that’s no excuse to stop having some of our 4th of July traditions, like BBQ ribs.

A picture from last year's 4th of July dinner prep, includes BBQ ribs, mexican street corn and homemade cheesy bread

Last year’s 4th of July dinner prep: BBQ ribs, mexican street corn and homemade cheesy bread

If you’re planning a big barbecue or picnic make sure you include this cornbread on your menu. I’m sure it’ll go perfect with anything you’re having and kids will love it.

You’ll need 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup yellow cornmeal, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 egg, 1 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup whole milk (you could also use 2% milk), 1/2 cup butter (melted and room temperature)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking dish. I used my 2-qt oblong baking dish because I shattered my 8-inch square pyrex a few weeks ago. In my defense that thing exploded without a reason! Okay I might have put it on the stove to finish cooking a sauce but aren’t these things supposed to resist like 500F degrees. Whatever, I got a new one and it’s so so pretty. I’m planning on breaking all my boring glass baking dishes to get new pretty ones, just don’t tell my husband about my evil plan bwahahahaha!

Moving on, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

Flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl

Mix egg, sour cream, milk, and butter in another bowl.

Egg, sour cream, milk, and butter

Fold egg mixture into flour mixture until just moistened. It’s very important that you do this by hand and be gentle, too much mixing and air will get into your egg and the cornbread won’t be fluffy and light.

Gently folding egg mixture into flour mixture

Cornbread batter mixed until just combined, with little lumps

Pour into prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Cornbread batter spread on baking dish

Sweet and moist cornbread out of the oven, golden and fluffly with a crack in the middle

Easy peasy! Let me know if you tried this recipe or how you make your cornbread, I’m always open to learn and improve! Remember to give every recipe your special touch. See ya next week!

There are a million recipes for Cornbread but this one is my family favorite. Give this Sweet and Moist Cornbread recipe a try, you won't regret it!

Sweet and Moist Cornbread

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup whole milk (you could also use 2% milk)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square baking dish (a 2-qt oblong glass baking dish works too).
  2. Combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Mix egg, sour cream, milk, and butter in another bowl.
  4. Fold egg mixture into flour mixture by hand and until just moistened.
  5. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.