Monday, November 1, 2010

Cowboy Spaghetti & A Giveaway!

I'm not usually a big Rachael Ray fan.  But she does have some recipes that are really delicious, and yes, easy.  This is one of my favorites.  The best thing about this pasta is the switch-up on the cheese.  This picture shows it with your typical parmesan and mozzarella on the top, but the recipe calls for grated cheddar to garnish the pasta.  And it's delicious!!  This is not your typical spaghetti with meat sauce.  It has bacon and a nice smoky flavor that is just wonderful.  And because I love this recipe so much, I'm giving away a copy of the book that contains it!

If you want a chance to win, just comment on this post!  The winner will be randomly selected by using and announced on Thursday when I'll put up another yummy recipe!  Enjoy and good luck!

Cowboy Spaghetti
from Rachael Ray's Express Lane Meals

1 pound spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 slices smoky bacon, chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion (once again, I left this out since my husband hates onions)
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
Black pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce (like Tobasco)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 14-oz can chopped or crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
4 scallions, trimmed, chopped (I omitted these too)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Salt the water and add the spaghetti.  Cook the pasta to al dente, with a bite to it.  Drain the spaghetti.
Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the olive oil and bacon.  Brown and crisp the bacon for 5 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate.  Drain off a little excess fat from the skillet if necessary, leaving just enough to coat the bottom.  Add the beef and crumble as it browns, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the onions and garlic and stir into the meat.  Season the meat with salt and pepper, hot sauce, and Worcestershire.  Cook for 5 to 6 minutes more, then stir in the tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Add the hot spaghetti to the meat and sauce and combine.  Adjust the seasonings and serve up the pasta in shallow bowls.  Grate some cheese over the pasta and sprinkle with the scallions.


Miss Nesbit said...

OMG Pick me!!!

I love your recipes by the way. :)

Steph said...

That does look good! that looks like a great book too! I would love to win! :)

Kim said...

Ooh! Pick me! Also, the pictures of your cupcakes on your last post look like they could put Sprinkles to shame.

Leigh Ann said...

Sounds and looks Yummmy! I think I will have to try this. are doing a great job with this blog!!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

Spaghetti is king! There is nothing better than quick meals. I'm also a mother of 2. Nice to meet you.

TMC said...

I love Rachael Ray because her recipes are so quick and easy. I'm loving your blog, credit Brett for advertising.

Brenda said...

Please enter me in the drawing! I agree this is a fun blog to read!

James and Monica said...

Hey Lee Family! I think Brett's FB post convinced me to enter. :D Thanks for all your recipes. They come in handy.
Hope you guys are doing well.

leaksteven said...

Always up for trying a different take on recipes I already use. A new cookbook for xmas would be a great present.

Diaper said...

Thanks for posting to our facebook cookbook page! The recipes are wonderful and this pasta recipe will be on next weeks menu!

Jana said...

You always have the best recipes. I'll be making this soon for sure :)

Sheryl said...

I am having so much fun staying up with your culinary creativity! I haven't tried your pumpkin muffins yet, but tomorrow is the night! Pick me for your you!

Blair said...

You know how much I love cookbooks! And how little time I have...haha.

Mia said...

All your food looks so amazing, how do you find time to do it all? I'd try this recipe but Colin's tp picky when it comes to spagehtti sauce...

Jodi said...

I do like RR...and many of her recipes look so good. This one does sound interesting. It's always good to put a twist on an old time favorite!

Andrew and Kim Hansen said...

I really admire you doing this blog. You seem like you cook a whole lot. What a lucky family you have!

Schofields said...

you know, your pictures and recipes are awesome! But you know what's even better??? getting to try them periodically!!! Cupcakes were awesome today-thank you very much for that extra pound-it was delicious! ha ha

Stephanie said...

I want to win! We've tried a couple things from your site. My favorite so far is the Sloppy Joe-ish meal with beans, tomatoes, cheese, & pickles (which totally makes the entire meal for me). It's a shame that you can't use onion when you cook...I don't know what I'd do without it.

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