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2 days ago, I got a call in the morning saying that my sister had had her baby. She wasn’t due for 3 more weeks, so it wasn’t a call I was expecting that morning! He was born within 10 minutes of getting into her room, and luckily, he’s a healthy little guy. Little as in 4 pounds 10 ounces. So little and so cute!!

Then in comes my (not so) little guy. He turned 2 months on Monday, and at his 2-month well check this week, he was 13 pounds 7 ounces. I seriously can’t believe that he is only 2 months older than his newborn cousin! Granted, he was almost twice the size of my sister’s baby when he was born, but it’s crazy how fast they grow!

(I am pretty biased, too, but I think he’s one handsome baby!!)

There have actually been quite a few babies being born around me lately. Which I love, because I love little babies. I’ve had a few opportunities to take meals to families with newborns, and while trying to figure out what to bring to one family last week, my mom made a comment about how it seems like a lot of people take in pasta to families with newborns. I’m not sure why this is, but I have a feeling it has something to do with pasta being such a comforting food, and that comfort food tastes great after you’ve had a baby!

This spaghetti recipe – in all honesty – is one I would have probably passed over because it’s so simple and it’s practically just jarred spaghetti sauce. But I was intrigued by the sweet aspect. I’ve put sugar into spaghetti sauce before, but never this amount! I’m so glad I didn’t pass this recipe by, because I absolutely loved this spaghetti. The sugar gives it that extra something that makes you notice that this isn’t your every day spaghetti. I thought it was going to be too sweet, but it was just perfect. I won’t even admit how much of this I ate!!

Recipe Rating: 9 out of 10

Sweet Home Spaghetti
from the Reluctant Entertainer

serves 10 to 12

total time: about 45 minutes

1 pound ground beef
1 large sweet onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 (24 oz) jars Italian spaghetti sauce*
1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (or 4 to 6 teaspoons Stevia), to taste
2 pounds dry pasta
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Cook the meat until browned and cooked through and drain, if needed.

In a separate pan, saute the onion in the olive oil. Add the cooked meat, the sauce and the sugar. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

In the mean time, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain. Serve the meat sauce over the pasta (or if you like it like me, mix the sauce and the pasta together.) Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

*the author suggests using Prego Traditional Italian sauce

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9 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Sweet Home Spaghetti

  1. susan marie says:

    Your baby’s adorable! I, too, love pasta, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed going to Italy so much. I could eat it every day, twice a day, if I wanted to! I admit to being a little leery about all the sugar, but if you say it’s worth trying, I may give it a shot.

  2. What a cutie!!! Babies do grow so fast!

  3. Alli says:

    OK I know I say this every time but, I love your reviews! Awesome. Your son is absolutely gorgeous. That perfect little face.

  4. Katrina says:

    Yum! Spaghetti makes my world go ’round. Seriously.

  5. Joanne says:

    Umm Deborah, you’re not biased. He is absolutely darling! I would take him home with me if I could. :P

    Oh that spaghetti sauce sounds divine! My parents have always been advocates of being liberal with sugar in tomato sauce…now i see why!

  6. Tasha says:

    I’m so glad you posted a picture of Easton. He is so adorable! I’ve got a big baby too. (In fact, if I did my math right she was twice the size exactly of your new nephew.) My dad always made spaghetti with sugar -maybe not quite as much though- when I was growing up, and it was my favorite dinner!

  7. When I was in the Philippines, we ate spaghetti from McDonald’s (yes, they serve spaghetti at McD’s in the Philippines) and we always thought it was so interesting because it was sort of sweet, like this one looks! Nice photos, by the way!

  8. Isabella @ Fat Loss Tips says:

    Very handsome baby!! The spaghetti was really good! I love to make simple dishes like this with a twist! The sweetness was just perfect and just enough to make it taste different and in many ways better then traditional sauce that is used. My family loved it so that’s what matters!!

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