Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ground Beef Spaghetti

It's not gourmet. It's not delicate. It's not even vaguely Italian.
But, some nights it's what James wants. A vaguely Women's Day dish that feels like a memory of a 1960's mid-week dinner. It's not authentic, it's comforting.
While the pasta was boiling I sautéed chopped onions and garlic in olive oil, added the beef and cooked til just about brown. We've run out of our fancy Hearst Ranch grass fed ground beef and this TJ's substitute cooked up a little bland (I usually add a healthy spray of fennel seeds in with the beef but we were out) even for Americana comfort food so I added in a bit of chopped chorizo and prosciutto to the pan. I stirred in a couple TBs of tomato paste and a splash of wine (I would have rather had red but we had white open so I winged it) and let it cook down a bit. When the spaghetti was just tender I added 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid to the ground beef along with the drained noodles, tossed in some chopped parsley and gave it a stir. Quick dinner, good for what ails you.

1 comment:

  1. Hello,

    I read your article and I was struck with sadness.... here you are out of Hearst Ranch Beef, and here I am running Hearst Ranch Beef. Can I send you some beef in exchange for some recipes that I can share with my customers?

    This is a fun blog and I am glad I found it.

    Please do get in touch through us at info@hearstranch or on my direct line: 415-777-8296.

    Yours in food,

    Brian J. Kenny
    Division Manager
    Hearst Ranch Beef
    The Hearst Corporation