My Boys Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

Boys Favorite Spaghetti Sauce


1 lb. ground beef

1 onion, diced

1 cup celery, diced

1 bell peppers, diced

2 peeled carrots, grated

10 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms

1 head roasted garlic

Red wine for deglazing pan

1 small can tomato paste

14 oz. bottle ketchup

1(16 oz.) diced fire roasted tomatoes

1 tsp. season salt

2 tablespoons chili powder

Pasta water, if needed

Brown the ground beef.  Add the onions, celery, bell peppers, and carrots and saute until tender. Pour in a small amount of wine to deglaze the pan. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Add pasta water if sauce needs thinned.

Not your boxed Mac and Cheese here, try Bacon Mac and Cheese with Roasted Garlic



6 cups macaroni cooked in salted boiling water just to al dente

6 cups grated sharp cheddar

9 cups whole milk

12 eggs

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cup butter

1 lb. bacon, diced and cooked crisp

1 head roasted garlic, squeezed of pulp

1 1/2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

few dashes hot sauce; to taste

pepper; to taste

2 cups panko crumbs mixed with 1 tablespoon melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a large casserole dish.

Put cooked drained pasta in pot with butter and stir until melted. In a separate bowl combine well the remaining ingredients except the cheese. Stir in the cheese and egg mixture into the buttered pasta. Sprinkle with the buttered panko crumbs. Bake until the casserole is firm but not dry.

Pasta with Peas and Ham in Cream Sauce is a great way to utilize leftover ham. No one would know that you used leftovers.

Pasta with Peas and Ham in a Cream Sauce

2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, small diced

1 clove garlic, minced

3 oz. Ham cut into julienned strips

3/4 cup grated Parmesan

1 cup heavy cream

2 cups thawed frozen peas

1 lb. pasta, cooked al dente in salted boiling water

In a skillet, add butter and melt over low heat. Add the diced onions and garlic and saute until onions are translucent and not browned. Add the ham and cream . Simmer until slightly thickened. Stir in the Parmesan and peas. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss. Cook the mixture tossing for a couple of minutes and serve immediately.