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.

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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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Kid Friendly Chili

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while since my last post, but the minute I think I figure out this motherhood thing, my little girl goes through another milestone, regression, teething, etc and I’m back were I started. I can’t complaint I’m loving every part of it, watching her grow into this beautiful, intelligent and opinionated little girl is so amazing. I’m constantly trying to keep up with her and now that she’s a toddler she’s eating whatever we are having for dinner, so I’ve had to adjust a few of my recipes in order to make them “kid friendly” without sacrificing flavor.

One of my husband’s favorite dishes is my chili. The first time I gave it to Emi, she was about a year old and she loved it!! Even now that she has started to be a little picky with her food (she’s 18 months), she still loves mommy’s chili, and whenever she eats all of her food without making any trouble is a good day for this momma *pat on the back*.

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I’m all for experimenting with the recipes we try, so I’m giving you a great tasting MILD chili, you can use this recipe as it is or adjust it to make your own signature chili, either way I’m sure you’ll impress some friends and family with it. Bonus point: You could cook this on a slow cooker too.

Note: I usually take a picture of every single step but this time I failed to take a couple ones at the beginning. I always try to make my recipes as simple to follow as possible, so I don’t think you’ll get lost.

Let’s get started. You’ll need 2 pounds of ground beef, 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, 1 diced white onion, 1 diced green bell pepper, 8 minced cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon mild chili powder, 1 1/2 tablespoons of cumin, 2 teaspoons white sugar, 2 teaspoons oregano, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, 12 oz can tomato juice, 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes (or regular diced tomatoes), 15 oz can tomato sauce, 16 oz can kidney beans (drained and rinsed), 16 oz can pinto beans (drained and rinsed), shredded cheddar and sour cream for topping.

On a large skillet or pot (I like to use my dutch oven), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat and brown your ground beef with a sprinkle of salt and pepper, until it’s cooked through and all of its juices have consumed, about 10 minutes.

Add the diced onion, diced green bell pepper and minced garlic to the pot and stir until onion is transparent (if you decide to use jalapenos now is the time to add them), about 3 minutes. Add cilantro, mild chili, cumin, sugar, oregano, 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp ground black pepper and stir. Cook until fragrant about 1 minute.

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If you decide to finish cooking on your slow cooker now is the time to transfer the ground beef mix to it. Add tomato juice, petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans and pinto beans to your pot or slow cooker. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.

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If cooking on the stove bring to a boil and low heat to medium low, cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If using the slow cooker cook on low for 7-8 hours.

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Serve hot with shredded cheddar and sour cream on top, and a piece of cornbread. Next week I’ll share my recipe for the sweetest and moistest cornbread IN THE WOOORRLLLD, stay tuned!

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Hope y’all enjoy this chili as much as we do and remember to give every recipe your special touch.

Kid Friendly Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef, turkey or venison
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow or white onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mild chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black ground pepper
  • 12-oz. can tomato juice
  • 28-oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 15-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 16-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16-oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded cheese and sour cream, for topping

Instructions:

  1. On a large skillet or pot (I like to use my dutch oven), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat and brown your ground beef with a sprinkle of salt and pepper until it’s cooked through and all of its juices have consumed, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the diced onion, diced green bell pepper and minced garlic to the pot and stir until onion is transparent (if you decide to use jalapenos now is the time to add them), about 3 minutes.
  3. Add cilantro, mild chili, cumin, sugar, oregano, 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp ground black pepper and stir. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. If you decide to finish cooking on your slow cooker now is the time to transfer the ground beef mix to it. Add tomato juice, petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans and pinto beans to your pot or slow cooker. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
  5. If cooking on the stove bring to a boil and low heat to medium low, cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If using the slow cooker cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  6. Serve hot with shredded cheddar and sour cream on top. Enjoy!

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