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.