Spaghetti is always a back up at our house and last minute meal if we are busy. Multiple types of pasta line our pantry, but one of Alex's favorites is spaghetti with meat sauce. At our house, this usually consists of cooked spaghetti, a bottle of sauce and a pound of hamburger.
The other day while viewing the wonderful creations by Picky PalateI came across a recipe for spaghetti bolognese that I knew would be a hit at our house. Super easy and yet uses ingredients that most have on hand. This recipe is quick to make and tastes great, it will now take the place of our 3 ingredient, and oh so regular, spaghetti and meat sauce.
Here is the recipe as created by Picky Palate!
12 strips uncooked bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces (I think I used 6)
1 medium onion, diced
1 lb ground beef
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 26 oz jar Classico Pasta Sauce (or other favorite brand, or homemade)
1 ¼ Cups half and half (I used skim)
¼ Cup parmesan cheese
1 Box thin spaghetti noodles (I used fettuccine)
1. Cook bacon in a large dutch oven or large pot over medium heat until browned and crisped. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside. Discard all but 2 Tbsp’s of bacon grease. Saute onion in remaining bacon grease for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add beef, salt and pepper; crumble beef and cook until browned, about 5-8 more minutes. Stir in cooked bacon pieces. Reduce heat to low and stir in pasta sauce, half and half, and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine; cover with lid and let simmer for at least 20 minutes, or up to an hour.
2. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions. Spoon noodles onto a large plate and pour sauce right on top. Sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese if desired.6 servings