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Life has been a bit crazy lately. I made dinner twice last week – my poor husband – but I didn’t even take pictures of either meal. It’s not that they weren’t tasty, but by the time dinner was done, I was just exhausted. I usually take pictures of just about every dinner, so it was a bit of a different experience for me – to make a new recipe and not photograph it.

Needless to say, I’ve been a bit absent around other blogs lately as well. And I’m really sorry and sad about that, because I really do love reading your blogs. And I don’t know if this week will be much better because my sister and her husband are going out of town, and I have babysitting duty for 2 days this week, as well as a fundraiser spaghetti dinner for church. I’m already tired thinking about this week!

But onto the food – which is the real reason you all come here. If you are Italian, please stop reading because I would hate to offend you – this is a true “Americanized” version of a great Italian food. I first made this recipe a few years ago, and had to make it again because we liked it so much. It’s a great twist on traditional spaghetti!

Cowboy Spaghetti
adapted from 30-Minute Meals

Serves 4-6

1 pound spaghetti
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 pound ground sirloin
1 medium onion, chopped
3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
ground black pepper
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup beef stock
1 (14-ounce) can chopped or crushed fire roasted tomatoes
1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
8 ounces sharp cheddar
4 scallions, chopped

Heat a pot of water to a boil. Add spaghetti and salt the water. Cook to al dente or with a bite to it.

Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and bacon. Brown and crisp bacon, 5 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon. Drain off a little excess fat if necessary. Leave just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add beef and crumble it as it browns, 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions, garlic and stir into meat. Season the meat with salt and pepper, hot sauce and Worcestershire. Add 1/2 cup beef stock and deglaze the pan. Cook 5 to 6 minutes more then stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce.

Add hot spaghetti to meat and sauce and combine. Adjust seasonings and serve up pasta in shallow bowls. Grate some cheese over the pasta and sprinkle with scallions. Garnish with crisp bacon.

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21 Responses to Cowboy Spaghetti

  1. Dawn says:

    you know this is one of my favorite ways to eat a spaghetti dinner (with some barbeque sauce, I know I’m weird), but my hubby hates spaghetti! How weird is that? So I love this dish you made!

  2. Donna-FFW says:

    I think this is a marvelous switch up for a spaghetti dish. I love it and I am gooig to try it, it sounds so fantastic and the picture is great!!

  3. ashley says:

    mmmm looks fantastic! great alternative especially for my hubby who doesn’t like tomatoes really. i bet i could get him to try this out!

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    That looks really scrumptious! A marvelous idea! Different from the ususal pasta dish…



  5. glamah16 says:

    Its hard enough to keep up with your own blog and visit everyone, as much as you would like to. The spaghetti looks great.

  6. Colleen says:

    Mmm this looks so nice and comforting. And I’m not Italian at all so it doesn’t offend me in the least! lol

  7. Paula says:

    Well, I'm Italian and it looks like a winner to me! Spaghetti is just so versatile and comforting, too. Hope the fundraiser is a success, the babysitting is a breeze, and that you get some R&R time! :-)

  8. Elyse says:

    You can do it! You can make it through this busy week!! It’ll be over before you know it! And, by the way, this Americanized spaghetti sounds TOTALLY amazing. Mmm, I’m craving some of that fabulous meaty sauce right this instant. Delicious!

  9. Patsyk says:

    That spaghetti looks so yummy! How could you go wrong with all those flavors mixing together?

  10. Sophie says:

    Don’t feel bad at all! You are a busy mom now :). I love this ‘Americanized’ version; after all, everything’s better with bacon!

  11. Emily says:

    Hey we understand! I’ve been absent lately, too. I’m guessing just about everyone has trouble visiting all of the blogs. I’m really struggling.

    Anyway, your dinner looks delicious! I love the name. Isn’t there such a thing as cowboy cookies? Or did I make that up?

  12. kat says:

    I think one of the fun things about spaghetti is all the different things you can do to it. My family does a Polish/Irish version!

  13. Ingrid says:

    I like this spin on spaghetti! I don’t know about anyone else but I’m always on the lookout for new takes on old faves.

    Hope things settle down for ya!

  14. Grace says:

    frankly, this makes me proud to be an american. :)

  15. Maria says:

    Life has been busy, I hear ya! Looks like a great meal, I am always up for pasta!

  16. caralluma fimbriata says:

    I love it and I am going to try it.

    It sounds so fantastic and the picture is great.!!!!

  17. cesar ian lesmoras says:

    Fabulous spaghetti! Cowboy Spaghetti? I’m gonna remember this name.

  18. Power Kites Sale says:

    I really love spaghetti. But I’m curious about the taste of this Cowboy Spaghetti.

  19. Mrs. L says:

    I love dishes like this. Quick, tasty and filling. Definitely going on my must make list.

    And you’ll notice the date I’m commenting…first time I’ve been able to check up on my favorite blogs in a while so I do understand the busy thing :)

  20. Kristy says:

    I just discovered a new way to eat spaghetti the other night (i've yet to post it), similar to this one. I'm excited to try your version.

  21. Kim says:

    This is a favorite in my house. I don’t always use the fire roasted tomatoes and even then it’s still awesome. My husband is not the extreme fan of pasta that I am and so he loves the addition of bacon and hot sauce and cheese. Thanks for such a great recipe!

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