"Old School " Spaghetti

Tara Waites


Growing up we didn't always have all the ingredients for a spaghetti dinner so my mom would create things with what she had. This recipe became a staple in our neighborhood (Oak Cliff) not just our home.

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45 Min
35 Min
Stove Top


2 lb
ground chuck
1 large
bell pepper - diced
1 medium
onion - diced
1 Tbsp
minced garlic
1 Tbsp
dried basil (fresh if you have it)
1 can(s)
diced tomatoes
1 can(s)
tomato sauce (15 oz)
8 oz
tomato puree
8 oz
shopeg corn
8 oz
macaroni, elbow
2 Tbsp
slap yo mama seasoning (lawry's or something similar)

How to Make "Old School " Spaghetti


  • 1Cook bell pepper, onion and ground beef (add some Slap yo Mama seasoning to taste. Drain.
  • 2Cook the elbow macaroni as the box instructs, drain and rinse with cold water.
  • 3Mix all the other ingredients in a large pot over medium heat.
  • 4Once you get a boil add the ground beef mixture and simmer for ten minutes.
  • 5Add the pasta and simmer for 5 more minutes.
  • 6Serve and eat.
  • 7Side note:
    You can sub a can of Hunts spaghetti sauce for the 15 oz can of tomato sauce.

    Some add parmesan cheese for a topping

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About "Old School " Spaghetti

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southwestern