Feeding kids at home during the corona virus scare can make some parents worried. Listen, one can walk around the nearest grocery store and see how worried people are getting due to all the bare shelves! But, cooking for the children at home shouldn't have to add to your worries! Instead of buying cases of instant sodium causing heart disease packets, I mean ramen noodle packets, try opting for a simple spaghetti that's quick, easy, and much more filling than the thin noodles in broth!
Let me start off by saying this isn't the homemade spaghetti The Domestic Diva would normally make with slow simmered tomato sauce, fresh pasta from a local purveyor, hand rolled meatballs, parmesan crisps, etc. HOWEVER, this a quick spaghetti I do make for my daughter and family when I want to get a good, hot meal on the table in minutes--without spending more than $8! The secret is in the Simply Savory by Rachel Ultimate Italian seasoning blend. It makes the simple jarred pasta sauce taste totally different! Plus, you can double the recipe for leftovers that will be great for lunch the next day! Let's get started!
Here's what you'll need:
- A box of spaghetti noodles (or a box of your favorite shaped pasta)
- A jar of your favorite pasta sauce
- 1 pound of ground beef or ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon Simply Savory by Rachel Ultimate Italian Seasoning
- Salt (for the pasta water)
To begin, fill up a large pot with water, add some salt, put it on the stove and turn it to high. We want it boiling!
While the water is heating, cook the ground beef in a large skillet, breaking up the meat as you go. Ensure the meat is cooked thoroughly, this should take around 10-15 minutes.
After browning the meat, drain the fat/grease and return the browned meat to the pan. Add the Italian seasoning and jarred sauce. Allow to simmer on medium heat while you cook the pasta. You can add a teaspoon of sugar if you would like.
Once the water has boiled, add the pasta and cook for the pasta al dente instructions. Before straining the pasta, add 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the meat sauce (this will add the pasta starches to the sauce and help the sauce adhere to the noodles).
Drain the noodles and add them to the meat sauce. Mix the noodles and sauce together and you're ready to serve! Top with shredded parmesan and enjoy!