Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A super quick faux spaghetti

Tonight my kids insisted on eating dinner at home. We got home at 6pm then I got to cook a quick meal. By 645pm we were eating dinner so actual cook and prep time was about 30 minutes. Just be sure you have a really big skillet. The quick preparation of this meal was due to the food processor. It can still be made without one but it will just take longer. My boys gobbled this meal up. They never even questioned what the mystery noodles were.

Quick faux-ghetti

Olive oil
2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, minced
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 14 oz can tomato sauce
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 dried mint
4 summer squash, julienned or grated
1 can black olives (optional)

Heat large skillet over medium high heat. Swirl with olive oil. Add beef and onion, cook until beef is browned and just begins to dry. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings. Stir to combine. Add summer squash and stir to combine. Cook until squash begins to soften (add more salt and pepper if desired). Add olives and cook until olives are warmed. Serve and enjoy!

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