Spaghetti, Quick & Flavorful

Joyce Harrison


I LOVE quick and easy ... sometimes ... but hate the bland flavor of bottled sauces, so I just "spice it up" a bit!!! This is really good and tastes like you cooked it for HOURS!!!

My family and grand-kids look forward to "Spaghetti Day"!!

Hope you enjoy it!!!

★★★★★ 2 votes
5 Min
20 Min


1 lb
ground beef
1 jar(s)
prego with italian sausage
1/2 - 16 oz
pkg vermicelli pasta, dry
2 Tbsp
tony's chacherie's creole seasoning ( or make your own creole seasoning)
1/4 tsp
garlic powder, granulated
1/4-1/2 tsp
italian seasoning
1 Tbsp
parsley flakes, dried
1/4 c
onion, finely chopped
1/4 c
green bell pepper, finely chopped


1Cook pasta according to package directions, adding a little olive oil to water.
In the meantime, ...
2Heat a large skillet on medium fire. Add ground beef and seasonings. (If adding onions & bell pepper, add them also.) Cook meat until done, but not "crunchy brown". Remove from pan, and drain in a paper towel lined colander.
3Discard remaining oil from skillet. Add spaghetti sauce and drained ground meat. Heat until bubbling. Reduce heat to LOW and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. I do a quick taste test, & add additional seasonings, if necessary -- (because I never "measure" anything)!!
And ... while this is simmering ... back to pasta!!
4After pasta has cooked, drain and quickly rinse pasta in warm water. Spray with PAM Butter Flavored spray or half-teaspoon of olive oil ... and toss to coat.
(I know that REAL Italians do not rinse their pasta, but I just prefer to eliminate that extra starch!!)
5NORMALLY, the pasta and the sauce end up ready at the same time, thus ... a 20 minute prep time!!!
And, if I'm REALLY "on my game", I also have the salad and bread ready, also!!!
6Serve over pasta with a green salad and garlic french bread!!!!
Garnish with a little fresh parsley, if desired!!!

(Look for my Garlic French Bread recipe!!!)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtags: #spaghetti, #meat, #ground