This recipe is something I came up with during a great dinner compromise.
As a family we discuss what we’ll be having for dinner way in advance and this recipe cam from one side wanting Chili and another side…mainly me wanting something toddler friendly.
My twins and husband love Chili but it’s not very baby/toddler friendly, but spaghetti is, not to mention it’s super easy!
The baby usually makes a mess with spaghetti but he enjoys every bite and can feed it to himself.
So why not incorporate the two dishes?! The great thing about this dish is you probably already have the key ingredients in your kitchen.
This family friendly meal has enough flavor to satisfy an adult palate and make the kids do a happy dance at the same dang time.
So here’s all you need…..
1.5 lbs 80% Lean Ground Beef
1 onion chopped onion
6 oz can tomato paste
28 oz Crushed Tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
½ Tablespoon cumin
½ Tablespoon dried Oregano
1 Tablespoon dried Parsley
1 Beef bouillon
1 cup beer
1 box of spaghetti
6 oz Sliced Pepper jack Cheese
Pre heat Oven to 400 Drizzle a little olive oil in hot skillet and saute onion.
Break up ground beef and put into pan.
Make a little well in the middle of cooked meat and add the tomato paste.
You need to cook the paste a bit just to wake up all the flavor…It has been sitting in a can for some time.
Add chili powder, garlic powder and cumin, mix in good.
Now pour in the crushed tomatoes.
Bring to simmer.
Add Parsley, oregano, beef bouillon and beer.
I had on hand, an apple cider beer, and it added a great flavor to the dish!
Place top onto pan and bring to medium low let simmer for about 5 minutes.
In a large pot bring water to boil.
Break spaghetti noodle in half, and cook in boiling water for 7 minutes just shy of al-dente.
Straight from the boiling water put spaghetti into sauce.
Put everything in baking dish.
Place sliced pepper-jack cheese over top of spaghetti.
Bake in oven for 12 minutes or until top gets bubbly brown.
Take this chili spaghetti to the next level and crumble some sweet cornbread on top!