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Down Home Spaghetti Dinner

Updated: Jan 26, 2023

Although I'm not Italian I love spaghetti, now mama Alice made spaghetti with ketchup, tomato paste, a pinch of sugar, oregano, salt, pepper, chopped up onion, and cut-up green peppers at the end she would add a little water if the sauce was too thick. I remember cut-up sharp cheese over the top to finish the dish, Cracker barrel of course. She never brought the jar of Spaghetti sauce until years later. I have added my own twist to the dish. Fresh herbs like oregano, basil, and parsley. Fresh is always best! Don't sleep on tried herbs, it still makes it superb!

To elevate this dish and give it a different flare I have added in some shrimps, pepperoni, mushrooms, or even Italian sausage. Make it your own. To make this a Quick and Easy dish substitute the tomatoes and tomato paste with your favorite jar of Spaghetti sauce still add all the seasonings to enhance the dish.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I freeze the spaghetti pasta and meat sauce?

You can freeze your spaghetti and sauce together in an airtight container. When you are ready to reheat. Place the container in the fridge overnight to thaw.

How long does spaghetti pasta and meat sauce last in the fridge?

Tomato based sauces with meats can be stored for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Ingredients Down Home Spaghetti Dinner

Ground turkey- Ground turkey and beef are both nutritious meat that provides protein, fat, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Turkey is generally lower in saturated fat than beef. It may be a better choice for heart health.

Onions- give dishes a rich umami flavor and a subtle sweetness.

Tomato paste & Dice tomatoes- tomato paste adds a deep flavor, color, and richness to the sauce. Canned tomatoes are quick, convenient, and full of nutrients when fresh are expensive or out of season.

Worcestershire sauce- enhances the flavor of ground turkey

Herbs and spices- herbs and spices are used to enhance the natural flavor of food. Oregano and garlic can control blood sugar levels. Fresh is always best, but dried herbs still keep the taste superb!

Spaghetti- always cook it al dente. Add salt and garlic powder to the water to add that flavor to the spaghetti pasta.

Let's Cook!

Ground Turkey-

Dice Tomatoes & Tomato paste-


  • Sauté the onions in butter until tender.

  • Add ground turkey and Worcestershire sauce. Add Oregano, basil, black pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook until brown.

  • Allow the ingredients to cook down. add water if too thick and drop in two bay leaves. allow simmering for 30 minutes.

  • Cook the pasta until al dente. (firm, but tender) Salt and garlic powder to give the pasta a good flavor.

  • Toss in spaghetti. allow the sauce to coat the spaghetti.

  • Final touch- remove the bay leaves add the mozzarella cheese and top with parsley

Bon Appetit, ENJOY!

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Feb 06, 2023

Absolutely yummy

Debra Johnson | Food Blogger
Hi, I'm Debra

I am happy to share quick and easy recipes that fill the belly, warms the soul, and tastes Delish!

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