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

How to Make Spaghetti, Quick & Flavorful


  • 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!!!)

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About Spaghetti, Quick & Flavorful

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