My Grandma's {Almost} Homemade Spaghetti

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Any time there was a big family get together, my grandmother would make this spaghetti.

To this day, it reminds me of sitting around the big dining room table, laughing, telling jokes and trying not to spill noodles all over myself while I leaned back to catch a glmpse of the television in the other room that someone forgot to turn off.

My grandmother was all about sharing, and that's why I am sharing her {almost} homemade spaghetti recipe with you today. 


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What you'll need

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Onion Chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 28 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • Spaghetti Noodles

How to make it

  1. Step 1

    Start browning the ground beef on the stove, and chop half an onion into nice big chunks. My grandma used to leave the chunks so big because my brother didn't like them and he could pick them out. I think this is what makes it so good.

  2. Step 2

    Pour the onion into the ground beef while it's still cooking. This is important because it helps the flavors cook into the meat.

  3. Step 3

    Add the minced garlic. You can use fresh garlic if you want to, or take it to the other extreme and use garlic powder, but minced garlic is so simple and the perfect compromise, so that's what I use.

  4. Step 4

    Add the crushed red pepper flakes. This is all about how spicy you want your sauce to be. The kids in my house don't like it too spicy, so i just use a dash.

  5. Step 5

    Let it all cook together until the meat is nice and brown. At this point, if you used really lean ground beef, there is probably no need to drain, but otherwise, you should drain the grease from your meat.

  6. Step 6

    This is the {almost} homemade part I was talking about. Sure, you could take the time to make your own sauce from scratch, but I just open a can of tomato sauce and pour it in. Don't worry about getting it flavored any sort of way, because we flavored the heck out of that meat!

  7. Step 7

    Add the sugar to make it a bit sweet. (And salt and pepper to taste if you think it needs it.)

  8. Step 8

    I am pretty sure this was my grandma's secret ingredient. She added just a little vinegar before she let it simmer on the stove.

    Now let this sauce simmer as long as you want to. My grandma used to say the longer the better, but I love it so much that I always eat it right away. 

  9. Step 9

    Cook the noodles according to their package directions and serve with the sauce.

    Now, you have spaghetti that everyone in your family will beg to eat seconds of!



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