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>> Friday, August 21, 2009

I don't know if it is the Italian blood in me or not, but I LOVE pasta! I don't know who doesn't, especially kids. Well, if you are tired of the same old spaghetti sauce and noodles, here is a little twist that might make you excited to eat pasta again! Make some homemade French Bread (recipe in past posts) or Macaroni Grill Bread and you have a dinner that tastes as good as any Fancy Shmancy Italian Restaurant....only, for 1/4 the price!!

Creamy Bolognese and Spaghetti
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. extra lean ground beef, sausage or ground turkey (I like Jimmy Dean sausage from Costco)
1-2 c. pre-made spaghetti sauce (my homemade marinara recipe that is to DIE for is one of the first posts on this blog)
1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
¼ c. Italian Salad Dressing
4-6 oz. cream cheese (depending how creamy you like it--the 1/3 less fat works great)
2 t. dried basil (fresh is even better!)
1 t. Italian seasoning
1 t. Garlic Spread (from Costco--yummy on anything!)
16 oz. spaghetti noodles
Parmesan cheese

Saute onions in a large skillet on medium heat until they begin to be translucent. Add meat and cook until cooked through, stirring frequently. Drain any excess grease from pan. Stir in spaghetti sauce and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, seasonings and Italian salad dressing. Serve hot over cooked & drained noodles. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serves 6.


Fruitful Vine2 August 24, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

Looks yummy!

Rachel August 24, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

do you have a link to your marinara sauce, i'm having trouble finding it. TIA

UtahMOMof7 August 26, 2009 at 8:12 AM  

I don't have Italian blood, but I love pasta too! I made a huge batch of my pasta sauce and noodles and froze them separately in Ziplocs. Does anyone know if the pasta will freeze well?

Anonymous August 27, 2009 at 9:46 AM  

Help -

I can't find the marinara recipe!


Anonymous August 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM  

Please respond: I just found that Marinara Recipe on the Aug 25, 2008 post. The recipe states to use 30 cans of stewed tomatoes, but it doesn't stipulate which size.?. Thanks for all your hard work.

Sharida September 5, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

This is one of my favorite recipes, but I can never find it when I need it. lol Thanks for posting it on here!! :) BTW - You rock!

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