This may be the silliest entry I have ever written, and I am writing this for Presto Pasta Nights. This is a weekly event that has a different host for each event. This week’s event is being held by Ruth over at Once Upon a Feast.
I have two small boys who love to watch TV. One of the shows they watch is ICarly, a show about kids who have their own web show. It is actually quite funny and I will watch the odd episode or two with my kids. Anyway, I digress, sort of. On ICarly, the older brother is often shown cooking. One of the dinners he seems to cook quite often – or I just keep seeing the same episode over and over – is spaghetti tacos. The boys have seen those tacos and wanted me to try to make them. So I did. The boys, however, had a problem eating the tacos and they quickly reverted to regular spaghetti. A couple of nights later, I was watching my neighbor's kids and the little boy was so excited because I could make Spaghetti Tacos. He loved them - in fact he kept saying "Too good" the whole time he was eating. I am thinking that his mom will soon be making Spaghetti Tacos for him.
It is really quite easy; just make your favorite spaghetti. My sauce recipe comes from our babysitter, who is a fabulous cook. I know because I see her food and smell it all the time! She tells me that this recipe comes from an Italian cook she knows.
Spaghetti Sauce, compliments of my babysitter
2 lbs hamburger – sausage would be good here too, or a combination of both.
4 cans tomato paste
2 cups of water for each can of tomato paste
Finely grated parmesan cheese
She gave me no measurements. I cooked the meat, drained it added olive oil and garlic to the pan – I used a 4-6 quart stockpot – cooked the garlic for 2-3 minutes and added the meat back. Add the tomato paste and water, combine. Add other herbs, sugar, and salt and pepper to pot and simmer for 1 hour. Add cheese, combine to melt. Cook for another 15-20 minutes and serve with your favorite pasta.