Miss Mabel loves spaghetti and meat sauce. Now that I cook for her, I try to have it one night per week. It’s a sure way to know not only will she eat dinner, but she will eat leftovers for lunch the next day.
A side note here: We eat gluten free spaghetti. It’s come a long way baby, from the first brown rice versions that were, frankly, terrible! The corn and white rice versions are so close to the real thing, guests can’t even tell. I have no problem plugging the best gluten free pasta out there: Ronzoni. By a country mile.
Gluten free pasta does stick to itself though. With a lot of trial and error, I have found the method that works best, so you don’t end up with a witch’s broom.
Pour vegetable oil in the boiling water… just a bit, like you would with olive oil (which makes it stick) and then lightly salt the water. You must also stir it continuously, separating the strands. Gluten free takes a few more minutes to cook, so take out a strand and actually chew it. It may look done but still be chewy. This cooking method works very well.
Gluten free pasta is also much lighter on your belly. You can enjoy your pasta without feeling over-full and bloated. That’s the best part!
Now the sauce: this is enough for dinner for four, or in our case, three with leftovers.
Brown 1 lb of ground beef in a large skillet with a lid. Drain the grease well. Return the meat to the pan on medium heat. Pour in 1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes, 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes, and 2T tomato paste. Stir well to combine. Add 2T minced dried onion, 1T sugar, 2t Italian seasoning, 1t Kosher salt, 1t black pepper, and 1/4t cayenne pepper. Stir well to combine. The sugar is necessary: it cuts the acid in the tomatoes but doesn’t make the sauce sweet. Bring to a steady simmer. Turn the heat to low, put on the lid, and simmer 30 minutes.
By having it made and simmering, you can give your attention to cooking the gluten free pasta!
Serve with a salad and crusty rolls or garlic bread. A delicious week night supper, with a definite homemade flavor and appeal. Dee-damn-lish!
Love, Grammy ❤