SPAGHETTI & BEEF PORCUPINES

Ellen Bales

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@Starwriter

Our family weren't big pasta eaters. I don't think my dad cared much for Italian food and he hated the smell of Parmesan cheese. But every so often Mother would make this delicious meal. This particular recipe has been in our family since the 1950s! It made me a lifelong honorary Italiano!
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Serves:

4

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

2 Hr 30 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

SPAGHETTI:

1 box
(16 oz.) any type spaghetti or pasta

THE SAUCE:

1/4 c
butter
1 c
chopped onion
2 clove
garlic, crushed
1/2 c
chopped celery
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
1/2 c
chopped green pepper
1/2 c
dry white wine
2 can(s)
1 lb. 3 oz. ea) tomatoes, undrained
1 can(s)
(6 oz.) tomato paste
1/4 tsp
dried oregano leaves

BEEF PORCUPINES:

1 lb
ground beef
1/2 c
cup raw rice
1/4 c
chopped onion
1 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
pepper
2 Tbsp
wesson oil
2 can(s)
(8 oz. ea.) tomato sauce
1 c
water

Directions Step-By-Step

1
For the Sauce: In hot butter in 6-qt. Dutch oven, saute onion, garlic and celery, stirring, 5 minutes.
2
Add salt, pepper, green pepper, wine, tomatoes, tomato paste and oregano. Mix well. Bring to boiling, stirring. Reduce heat; simmer, covered 2 to 2-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
3
For the Beef Porcupines: Mix beef, rice, onions and seasonings. Form into small balls. Fry in hot oil, turning frequently, until light brown but not crusty on all sides. Add tomato sauce and water; mix well. Cover and simmer about 45 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
4
When sauce and porcupines are done, you may combine the meatballs with the sauce.
5
For the Spaghetti: cook spaghetti as package label directs; drain. To serve, pour sauce and meatballs over spaghetti. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Other Sauces
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #spicy, #meaty