week four: spaghetti

Now before you let out a huge sigh and wonder how I got to be just another young (ish) adult living with her parents who never even bothered to learn how to boil noodles and throw some sauce on top to make spaghetti while she was away and living on her own… I would like to make it known that I have in fact successfully made spaghetti with store bought marinara sauce at least three different times. 😉  But today’s cooking adventure was HOMEMADE sauce, which makes this an actually legitimate meal choice and something that I’m quite looking forward to learning about; not only for its yummy factor, but also because of its versatility and because leftovers.

I would also like to add that this week was a special voyage into the Chef Sea because my co-pilot in learning was my boyfriend!  Who was able to attend a lesson instead of just being designated random tasks from afar! And while his skills don’t QUITE measure up to my own, he does a pretty good job I have to say! 😉



  • 2 cans of tomato sauce (15oz cans)
  • 1 large can of tomato paste
  • 1 big can of whole peeled tomatoes (estimated at ~32 oz)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 6-7 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1lb of ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tbs basil
  • 1 tbs thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 sausage link, ground or crushed up (optional)
  • water (1 can of water for each can of sauce and paste)
  • noodles
  • salad and garlic bread (for sides)


  • chop the onion *completed almost perfectly by the bf, only one stray unchopped onion piece that we could not accept*
  • chop garlic *completed perfectly by yours truly obviously*
  • defrost meat


  • start browning ground turkey in large cast iron pot on medium high heat
  • once meat is browned, drain extra fat
  • add chopped onion and garlic, let cook for ~5 mins until onions are translucent
  • add basil, thyme, and rosemary and stir together
    • “smell the wonderfulness” -direct quote from my mom
  • add two cans of tomato sauce, adding one can of water to the pot after each can of sauce
  • add tomato paste, adding one can of water after that as well
  • add whole peeled tomatoes, breaking them up as you place each one in the pot
  • stir together and bring to a soft boil
  • turn heat down to medium low (about 8 o’clock on the heat dial lol)
  • let simmer for ~2.5 to 3 hours
  • start boiling noodles about 15 minutes before sauce is ready
  • prepare salad and garlic bread around that same time as well, and barring any unforeseen obstacles, all should be ready at precisely the right time! 🙂

And just like that another successful meal is in the books!  The sauce turned out great and makes the whole house smell delicious, which is an added bonus!  The true test, however, is coming soon as my dad just dropped a bottle of our sauce off at my grandparents’ house, where my grandma is the ULTIMATE chef making truly magical meals in her kitchen.  So if her and my grandpa like the sauce, I will feel like a magical spaghetti chef in my own right. Keep your fingers crossed for us!


Cooking Carli


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