Willem wrote:Oi, don't go changing my patented recipe! :p
You really should try some garlic in it...
It sounds like i would LOVE it. I love spinach. And garlic is gorgeous.
Kin... make a simple spag bol... but with a twist.
Boil a large pot of water to boiling point, add a generous shake of salt, and put in some fettucine (nicer than spaghetti.... break it in half and stir it til it boils again... stir it a bit at the beginning so it doesnt stick together) Let it cook for about 15 minutes or whatever it says on the packet.... you may have to add more water during the cooking. ...don't let it boil dry. Add boiling water from the kettle. It is cooked when its not hard not soggy soft.
While its boiling.....
Fry up a large finely chopped onion in some olive oil. Take it out and fry up some (1 or two unpeeled) diced zuchinni. Take it out and fry up some diced bacon (cut off the rind and throw it away). Brown some minced beef (and actually minced pork is better for this if you want) about 500 grams. When you brown the mince keep breaking it up with a wooden spoon or whatever so it doesn't cook in clumps, and turning it, stirring it.
Throw it all back in the pan and add about a teaspoon of minced garlic (you can buy it already minced in a jar). Add a can of chopped tomatoes (we buy one that had oregano and basil already in it) but you can add fresh oregano and basil at the end of the cooking .... looks smarter and snobbier and tastes so much better... just chop it roughly.
Turn the heat down abit and let it simmer and reduce a little (so its not watery). Stir it.
Wash the fettucini in hot running water and let drain. I like to put a tiny bit of olive oil over it.
You can serve it in two bowls on the table and let everyone serve themselves OR you can pile the fettucine in a large bowl or platter and pile the sauce over it and put a few sprigs of basil on top (Dead posh). OR you can finely slice a tomato and lay that over the top of the sauce.
Serve with a simple fresh green salad (if you don't have salad dressing olive oil and lemon juice is lovely), a french bread stick on a breadboard cut into about one inch slices, or better still buy some pre-prepared garlic bread you have put in the oven while you cook the meal (it usually takes about 15 - 20 minutes... read the label)
Basically its chop, fry, brown, add, wash, serve. Easy.
Its hard to give a recipe if you don't know what level someone is at cooking hey? (Hence why I said to boil the water before you add the fettucine) Sorry if I am talking down to someone who already knows alot of this, but sometimes the "obvious" to others who have cooked alot is not obvious to a new cook.
Or do you want something fancier?
The best meals are usually VERY simple.
Rare cooked steak with a lovely green salad and bread. Heat pan, add little oil, add steak, cook, turning ONCE, serve with salad and crusty bread.
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