Pasta is the main food in Italy: it is also very popular in the United States, China, Asia, and many European countries. There are over 500 different kinds of pasta just in Italy! The most famous is surely spaghetti. Some other very famous pastas are angel hair and lasagna. It is a very simple thing to make your own pasta. All you need is a pasta maker, pasta flour, eggs,and water. Making pasta is a lot of fun. You can make tiny pasta, or you can make l o n g pasta. Pasta is one of the number one foods in the world. Pasta is so famous because it's so easy to make, and it tastes great! A lot of people love pasta. You can also have different flavors of pasta. There is blueberry, strawberry,spinach, and many other flavors.
How to make Spaghetti with
1 15-ounce can(about two cups) tomato sauce
1 12-ounce can(about 1 1/2 cups) tomato paste
2/3 cup water
1 small onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 3-ounce can mushroom pieces and liquid
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup tomato juice or water
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces(1/2 pound) spaghetti noodles, uncooked
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1. Combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, onion, garlic, mushrooms, with liquid, nutmeg, and sugar in a Dutch oven.
2. Bring to a boil on top of the stove. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
3. Cover and cook sauce in the oven for two hours. (Sauce can be cooked on top of the stove if simmered very slowly.)
4. After two hours, add ground beef. (You can crumble it into the sauce or shape it into meatballs about one inch in diameter.)
Cook one hour.
5. Add tomato juice or water and cheese and cook for 20 minutes more.
6. While sauce is cooking, prepare spaghetti al dente, following directions on package. (Be careful not to overcook spaghetti. Overcooked spaghetti will probably be be too soft and will stick together. To keep spaghetti from becoming sticky during cooking, try putting 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in the water before boiling.)
7. Drain spaghetti and place on a deep platter. Cover with sauce and serve.
Serves 4 to 6
Thanks to Cooking the Italian way for this great recipe. Cooking the Italian way is by Alphonse Bisignano.
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