Sunday, May 5, 2013

G'ma Spaghetti {Pasta for the Dorm Room}

We are celebrating my twins birthday by making their favorite pasta for a dorm room full of college girls (and boys). This was so much fun, I flew out to see my daughters in September for their 19th birthday (yes, I've been holding onto this post for a while now) and I even got to watch them perform at the Cardinals Baseball Game and while I was there they had a list of favorite foods they were missing from home, one of them was G'ma's Simple Spaghetti.

And since I was asked to create a pasta recipe for the National Pasta Association (NPA) working on a campaign called Pasta Fits, I knew this was the perfect opportunity and the perfect recipe. It's light, it's simple and it's delicious. We love pasta at our house, it's pretty much a staple every week and with all the healthy and light ways you can fit it into your diet very easily. It's also great on your budget, and as a Dave Ramsey fan, pasta totally works.

I was sent a VERY COOL pasta pack that included Dreamfields® Spaghetti, Mueller’s® Whole Grain Spaghetti, Heartland® Gluten Free Wheat Free Penne, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest® Spaghetti, Ronzoni Garden Delight® Rotini, and an Ultragrain Pasta® Spaghetti Spoon, and you can find some super cool recipes you can try from the National Pasta Association (NPA).

G'ma's Simple Spaghetti Sauce
from my MOM (G'ma)
4 cans of Tomato Sauce
1 can Tomato Paste
1/4 can of water
1-2 lbs of Hamburger Meat
1-2 tbsp Italian Seasoning
1-2 tsp Garlic Powder (or Onion Salt, Onion Powder and/or Garlic Salt)
Cook hamburger meat on stove-top with a little bit of the seasoning until done. Add in the 4 cans of tomato sauce and 1 can of tomato paste with add'l amounts of seasoning (she just throws some in, never measures and it is never the same) simmer/cook until steamin' hot! Cook up your spaghetti noodles and serve. We always serve with Poor Man's Garlic Bread.

National Pasta Association is providing the products for this post

at no cost to me for review, the opinions in this post are entirely mine.


  1. Yummy recipe! I love that you guys did all this in the hotel for the dorm. You guys all make me smile on a regular basis and the spaghetti looks FABULOUS!


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