Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cowboy Spaghetti

I know, I am WAAAY behind in my posts. I have been incredibly busy these last few weeks; and simply not enough hours in my day! I have a bunch of new recipes that we have been cooking and baking, and plan to type and upload for you, and hope to get caught up this weekend. Here is a recipe for spaghetti you might like to try; a little different and has a nice kick!

COWBOY SPAGHETTI- Rachael Ray- 30 minute meals cookbook and on her tv show as well

1 pound spaghetti
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
3 slices smoky bacon, chopped
1 pound ground sirloin
1 medium onion, chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped
Ground black pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce, eyeball it
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
1/2 cup beer
1 (14-ounce) can, chopped or crushed fire roasted tomatoes
1 (8-ounces) can, tomato sauce
8 ounces sharp Cheddar
4 scallions, chopped
Heat a pot of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and salt the water. Cook to al dente or with a bite to it.

Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and bacon. Brown and crisp bacon, 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon. Drain off a little excess fat if necessary. Leave just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add beef and crumble it as it browns, 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions, garlic and stir into meat. Season the meat with salt and pepper, hot sauce and Worcestershire. Add 1/2 cup beer and deglaze the pan. Cook 5 to 6 minutes more then stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Add hot spaghetti to meat and sauce and combine. Adjust seasonings and serve up pasta in shallow bowls. Grate some cheese over the pasta and sprinkle with scallions. Garnish with crisp bacon

COOKS TIPS- - Only change I made was adding the bacon into the sauce, so no one would fight over it! ;-)

FAMILY CRITIQUE-- It's good! That was the same quote I received from everyone. It is nice for a change of pace from other typical pastas we consume. I like the smoky bacon and the kick! My son thinks it needs more bacon so he can have a BPB (bacon per bite) ratio! Haha My 12 year old wouldn't try it yet as she is still in a "no sauce" kick. I also really enjoy the scallions and cheddar on top! Also, if you like a lot of sauce, then you might want to add either another can of tomato sauce or the fire roasted tomatoes. This will simply coat all the pasta the way it is made above-- which is the typical Italian way I might add! Enjoy!

Here is a picture of how my husband enjoyed his: On top of a slab of garlic bread!

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