It’s no secret that I love to cook, and so it’s no surprise that I’m often asked about my favorite food. I think people expect me to say something fancy like roast chicken, or pistachio-encrusted lamb chops, but the truth is, I’m a simple gal at heart. My last meal would be a toss up between tacos and spaghetti. I can find just about any reason in the world to eat tacos, but there’s something about a bowl of homemade spaghetti that makes me feel at h(om)e.
I ate a lot of spaghetti as a kid. My mom made it with a can of Prego and a box of Meuller’s pasta. I can still remember the green can of Kraft grated parmesan cheese on the dinner table. Despite the line up, I fell in love with spaghetti. Every time it was on the dinner menu I could feel something inside of me relax. Spaghetti night was an opportunity to take a break from whatever it was I was sorting through in my young life and revel in the comfort of a big bowl of pasta. Or maybe twirling the noodles on a big spoon and slurping them into my mouth was the real highlight. It’s unclear.
When I go out to eat and I see spaghetti on a menu, I almost always order it. To me, it’s one of those true tests of good cooking. It’s not so different from yoga; if you want to communicate the maturity of your yoga practice, forget the fancy tricks and show me your Trikonasana. I’ll see everything I need to know.
DELICIOUS! Thank you for breaking it down into steps for the cooking-challenged population…some day I will give this a whirl!
Dear Chrissy, I admire your culinary skills. I always wanted to be a good pastry baker but I always mess something up. Being Italian decent I know there are many was to make a meat sauce. Through the years of making this sauce almost every Sunday,I stopped using paste .I just use cans of imported San Marzano tomatoes and let the sauce simmer without the lid till it thickens a little then us the lid. Also you might want to use half plain and half seasoned Italian breadcrumbs. Seasoned breadcrumbs and a lot of flavor. Thanks for your beautiful website, Cindy
Thank you! I’m relatively new at making sauce — I’ve been inspired by my Italian brother-in-law who makes sauce in his sleep. I will definitely try your suggestions!
Sitting in my mother’s kitchen after just finishing this dish for probably the twentieth time, and I have to say that I (and everyone who shares it with me) love(s) this recipe. Thank you so much for this gift, I appreciate it and you so much.
Derek! You are the sweetest! Thank you so much for your comment. I’m thrilled that you and your family love this recipe! Sending you a big hug. Miss you. Much love, Chrissy