Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Julie's Grandma's Pasta Pot

I MUST share this recipe with you! My sweet friend Julie, who lives in the middle of Georgia, sent me this recipe that came from her Grandma. I LOVE family recipes!!!

I met Julie circa 2004, She happened to be dating a guy that came to our church and she absolutely fit right in our young adults group in our small Georgia town. She always had such a positive and sweet spirit! So much that when she and whats his name broke up, we all wanted custody of her!! She's just a great gal. Julie is also a working mom and wife so she knows the power of a good quick meal. This recipe is like she says, "...it is good but grandmas recipes are ALWAYS the best!!!"

This Pasta Dish cooks in one pot! The pasta even cooks right in the dish, so there's no need to drain. The starches allow the sauce to thicken and there's a great balance of sauce, beef, pasta, and seasonings.

1 lb ground beef
1 small onion
2-14.5oz cans chicken broth
1 6oz can tomato paste (i use spaghetti sauce instead)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
7 oz uncooked spaghetti broken into 3 pieces (I did use macaroni....cause it's all I had on hand and it worked beautifully.)
ated cheese of your choice

Cook ground beef and onion in a large skillet.
Drain and return beef to big pot.
Stir in broth, tomato paste and/or spaghetti sauce and seasonings
Bring to a boil, Add pasta, reduce heat and simmer, stirring often for 15 minutes or until tender. Top with cheese.

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