Aah , my spaghetti recipe! OK, I could tell you what I’ve been up to but well, I don’t feel like writing all of that…and it’s gonna be a movie of the month anyway. Sooo, let’s do this!
Well you do it actually. clears throat*
1 sauce pan
1 frying pan
You’ll need some steak sauce (trust me, it’s a good move)
Regular pasta (not that Angel-hair stuff: that will ruin it)
A strainer (for the pasta )
1.5 pounds of hamburger meat
Spaghetti sauce (what ever flavor you like)
half a onion (chopped finely)
Now, get a small sauce pan…yes you. Fill it almost to the top with water, put your finger just below the lip of the pan and wait till you feel it getting close, that should be enough for the pasta. And now you ask, how much pasta to put in to this said pan? If not half the package of pasta, then a little less than half, depending on how much your going to eat at that time. Half the package should yield 4 servings witch is just enough for this amount of hamburger meat. Turn the stove on, no no no…don’t get scared now. After all, your hungry and you have to cook it. You promised yourself you would do this, I herd you! Turn it up to a little less than high and just let that bubble bubble, toil and keep a mind’s eye on it so there’s no trouble. Stir it with a fork say within 10 minutes or so, but till then you have the meat to cook.
Take the frying pan and get it nice and warm first, turn it up to half on the dial and start putting your meat in when you feel some heat coming from the pan. Put in small pieces at a time, so that way you can not only keep up with the meat you put in, when you start moving it around with a fork as it’s cooking you can keep up with it MUCH better.
Yummy, you smell that, it’s cooking already! So let’s see…add a glop or two of steak sauce to the hamburger meat as it’s cooking, no worries on that. Besides the fact it will keep the splattering down, it will give it a nice flavor when we mix it with the sauce too. Shuffle the meat pieces around and flip them, don’t be afraid of the heat…you have to learn if the meat is cooked or not right? Lightly yet carefully touch the meat as you flip and stir it in the frying pan to see if one side is rougher. If it is rougher, flip it because it’s been browned. And in between doing that, check on your boiling pasta while I get the next thing for you to do in our three ring cooking circus.
Well, the lonely half onion, chop in half, then turn and half again. If you feel comfortable with sighted help with this, it’s cool if you don’t have it…that’s why I’m here. After chopping the onion half, chop it in to pieces that are small enough to eat but not big enough to be noticeable in your food. They will be boiled down with the sauce when we put the hamburger in with it also…aah, time to check on your pasta again!
Hmm m, if it’s flexible and smooth to the touch very much so…then it’s ready. If it’s’ slightly stiff still, naw, let it bubble a little longer. Let’s just say it’s done and to your liking: (witch normally takes 15-20 minutes) then we strain it.
What I do is put the strainer in the sink, bring the sauce pan with the pasta in it, and slowly let her drain. I cover the top of the strainer, with foil just in case as I do want to keep it warm.
In between checking on the meat, I’m sure it’s almost done or fully done. I hope you didn’t forget…how can you tell it’s done? Well, it gets quiet and it smells REALLY GOOD TO EAT! You can tell with your fork if it’s done because it will feel kinda bouncy when you touch it on both sides. But move the pieces around and flip them to make sure. No one will get sick in my cybor kitchen!
Now that the sauce pan is empty, your meat is done, and the onion is cut up, time to fold it all in!
Slowly pour your Spaghetti sauce in to the sauce pan, you don’t want to get any on your clothes. It will plop on you if you do this fast or hold it over the pan. After you get all of it out of the jar, put your hamburger meat in there. Use the fork to scoot the meat from the frying pan in to the sauce pan, hold the frying pan slightly over the sauce pan. Trust your self, your doing good, and what do they say…so far so good. If you drop a piece or two, just eat it, 10 second rule applies here too. 🙂 And finally, add the onion in to the sauce. I like mushroom and garlic Spaghetti sauce, hence the onions. But hey, they can’t hurt, they do help you sleep better and help digest food better also. Let that concoction boil on low for 20 minutes and your ready to eat some good food.
I cooked this for a guest during his Christmas visit and he unexpectedly ate 2 full plates, I thought…such a little boy putting that all away. It make me smile that my cooking was that good. So here I am writing the Living Blind Blog’s cooking section, personally…I do love it. And just to show my New Orleans roots, next time…Red Beans and Rice: from scratch!
Sean Hasberry AKA Seanisy