Easy meals are the best meals when a baby won't let go of you!

Today's blog is a fantastic recipe for a spaghetti in an herbed meat marinara sauce.  Super easy to make, easier to freeze and use again, and the easiest to eat and feel comfy afterwards.

Today's blog is a fantastic recipe for a spaghetti in an herbed meat marinara sauce.  Super easy to make, easier to freeze and use again, and the easiest to eat and feel comfy afterwards.

Happy 4th of July!

What are your plans today?

Gareth and I decided that we have to celebrate by making chili dogs, because that seems so patriotic!

We also have a birthday party for his friend’s daughter to go to.  She wants to be a chef, so I got her a bunch of chef-y things!  I’m so excited for her to see it all!

Braedon has not wanted to leave our side this weekend.  Right now, he is sitting on my lap while I type this.  Which proves a little difficult, but I’m a mom, I can multitask.

He seriously follows me around everywhere!

He seriously follows me around everywhere!

I posted photos on my Instagram the other day of this wonderful meal that I have created for you guys!  It’s a super easy weekday meal that tastes better than coming out of a jar.  

Fresh tomatoes, basil, rosemary, garlic, and onions make this sauce flavorful, easy, delicious, and something you'll want to eat over and over again

Fresh tomatoes, basil, rosemary, garlic, and onions make this sauce flavorful, easy, delicious, and something you'll want to eat over and over again

Yes, I am talking about spaghetti.  It is one of my favorite things to make, the sauce is flavorful with bits of ground beef sprinkling it’s edges, and the noodles are the perfect carrier, with a slight salt flavor and a little olive oil coating them, it really makes you feel like you’re in a restaurant or in another place.

Yummy pasta, that pairs so well with the sauce.  

Yummy pasta, that pairs so well with the sauce.  

I love being transported by my meals.  It’s like a mini-vacation at 6:30 every night.  It is also the time that the whole family can sit down and enjoy something that I made and really bond over it.

Spaghetti marinara

Do you use food to bond in your home?

Spaghetti in an herbed meat marinara

Beautiful dish for a mid week dinner with your family

Beautiful dish for a mid week dinner with your family

Ingredients

  • 1 lb spaghetti 
  • 3 cups of water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 6 roma tomatoes quartered
  • 8 oz tomato juice
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • 1 sweet yellow onion chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs pepper
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1 Tbs sugar
This very filling dish is very easy to make and tastes wonderful.  Spaghetti is definitely something that can comfort you in times of need or want.  Plus homemade pasta sauce is the best!

This very filling dish is very easy to make and tastes wonderful.  Spaghetti is definitely something that can comfort you in times of need or want.  Plus homemade pasta sauce is the best!

Directions

  1. Boil water with salt added in
  2. Add spaghetti and cook for about 7-9 minutes, depending on how soft you life them
  3. Drain- reserve 1 cup of water
  4. Heat olive oil in a medium saute pan at a medium high heat
  5. Add ground beef and brown for 3 minutes
  6. Add tomatoes, tomato juice, rosemary, basil, onion, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano, and sugar
  7. Simmer for about 20 minutes
  8. Use 1/2 of cup of pasta water to add into the marinara
  9. Use a masher to mash the tomatoes
  10. Reduce for about 10 minutes 
  11. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed
  12. You can freeze this for up to 3 months!
All of the yummy noodles, tomatoes, and herbs involved in this dish are magical together

All of the yummy noodles, tomatoes, and herbs involved in this dish are magical together

So, let’s have a little motivation this week!

What are your goals?

My biggest goal is to get Braedon’s room done and him moved in!  It’s a big project that will probably take days, but I am up for the challenge!

B when I try to get anything done :P 

B when I try to get anything done :P 

I also want to get him to the new park this week, because he loves parks.

And I want to try at least one new cafe to review for a Wednesday post!

Oh and the normal, trying to get readers and such.  So if you know someone who would enjoy my posts, send them on over!

We have food!! :P 

We have food!! :P 

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for looks at my daily exciting life in food!

I’ll have another great Eating in The Middle recipe for you on Wednesday for the 3rd part of that series!

Have a great and safe holiday!

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