Sunday, April 24, 2011

Rosie Makes Spaghetti For Youngest Hawthorne.

Look who's home for Easter Break!
And Dixie is quite happy to see her little buddy.
Youngest Hawthorne called Thursday morning to inform me he was on his way home. And get this - he's hungry. Wow. Didn't see that one coming. So I started on his favorite .
I know everybody knows how to make spaghetti, but I'm going to show you anyhows.
It was a lovely day. Youngest Hawthorne will be dining al fresco.
I started out by browning a pound of hamburger meat. Chop it up with your spatula.
While the meat was browning, I chopped up an onion and a green pepper ...
... and added that to the pan.
Season with freshly ground salt and pepper.
Next, I minced about 4 or 5 cloves of garlic and tossed that in the mix. The reason I didn't put the garlic in sooner, say when the meat was browning, is because the garlic would have burned and burned garlic is very bitter.
I added in a large can (35 ounces) of tomato sauce.
Add water to the can and swish out every bit of sauce.
I added about 1 TB of oregano.
Turn heat down to very low and barely simmer as long as you want - the longer the simmer, the better the flavor. Next, I'm starting on my garlic toast.
I always have Schwann's Baguettes in my freezer and these are perfect for garlic toast.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 13 minutes.
Then I cut the bread on the diagonal and minced 3 or 4 garlic cloves and a handful of parsley.
I melted some butter and added the garlic and parsley ...
... and dipped each slice in the mixture.
Pop these under the broiler until nice and toasty.
Then I dipped the opposite side in the butter and put them back under the broiler until golden brown.
Whole wheat pasta in salted water.
My sauce is ready.
Come, Little Hawthorne. Dinner is ready.
If you like, you could grate some Parmesan cheese over top. Youngest Hawthorne likes his "neat."

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