I was feeling a little lazy tonight, so I decided to whip up something quick and simple. This is one of my wife’s favorite meals (I’m lucky she’s easy to please), so I went to the local grocery store and purchased the ingredients.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
- 1 lb Ground Beef - I like to use 93/7 (meaning 93% lean and 7% fat) but 85/15 is okay too.
- 1 medium white or yellow onion, diced - Yellow onions tend to be sweeter
- 6-8 oz of button mushrooms or baby bellas
- 64 oz of your favorite pasta sauce - The wife likes Classico .
- 2 medium vines on tomatoes, diced.
- 4 Cloves of Garlic
- Fresh Oregano or Basil (Optional)
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 box of Spaghetti
- Grate Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
- Wash and thinly slice the mushrooms and set aside. Some gourmet chefs, like Rachael Ray, like to wipe the mushrooms down instead of washing them. This is because it doesn’t give the mushrooms a “rubbery texture”. I call BS. Wash those mushrooms because they grow in mud, dirt, and manure. Besides, once you put it into the sauce, it’s going to absorb the sauce anyways and give you that “rubbery” texture that only delirious people can taste.
- Dice the onions and set aside. For those newbies that don’t know what I’m talking about, watch this video: http://startcooking.com/how-to-mince-dice-and-chop-onions
- Dice the tomatoes and set aside.
- Mince the garlic and set aside.
- Optional - Chop the fresh oregano or basil and set aside.
- Start by heating oil in a large pot on High. Once the oil is hot, brown the meat by tossing in the meat, onions, and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper.
- Once the beef is about 50% brown, toss in the garlic. Some might ask why I’m tossing the garlic in later. This is because if you toss it in too soon, you risk burning the garlic and making your sauce taste bitter. That’s why. I don’t like bitter sauce.
- Keep stirring until the beef is about 85% brown. Pour in the sauce and add the optional herbs.
- Turn the heat down to medium low and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
- In a separate pot start to boil water (12 cups). Season the water with generous portion of salt (about 3 Tbs) and some oil (2 Tbs). Once the water starts to boil, pour in the the pasta. Let the pasta cook for about 7-8 minutes. Drain and pour the pasta into a strainer and run under cold water. This keeps the pasta from cooking anymore and it shocks the noodles. It makes the noodles firm up and give it a nice chewy texture that the Lady and the Tramp liked so much in the movie.
- Now back to the sauce. Toss in the remaining diced tomatoes. This helps make your lazy ass look like you slaved away in the kitchen. It’ll give your sauce a slightly chunky texture, like you made your marinara sauce fresh.
- Season the sauce with salt & pepper to taste and turn off the heat.
- Place pasta in a large bowl and add the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.