Men Can Cook (feat. classic spaghetti) & giveaway!

May 21, 2010

When you really want to show some love, keep the flowers and say it with spaghetti. -Rachael Ray-

So I’m thinking of starting a new series called “Men Can Cook.” It’ll be a collection of recipes that are easy enough to make with your significant other or your best guy friend. I will be showcasing the important men in my life that I love. Let me know what you think!

The boyfriend left home to visit his family thus leaving me alone in Austin. His version of of an apology? Cooking me a whole weeks worth of food and promising me a bottle of prosecco. We have many of the same interests but our most important one is cooking. We both love to cook and we both love to eat. Though, we do have one rule in the kitchen. Whoever isn’t the chef that night can only be the sous chef.

Now ladies, we all know men aren’t the best cooks in the world or they don’t cook at all. Their version of dinner is calling pizza delivery or popping a frozen pizza in the oven. Pizza’s literally a food group for them. However, another one of their obsessions is spaghetti. His roommates eat it every night… if there’s no pizza, that is. The top shelf of the fridge is filled with nothing but jars of spaghetti sauce. Spinach and cheese, olive oil and garlic, caramelized onion with roasted garlic, sauteed onion and garlic, vodka rustica.. …Wait, seriously? Anyway you get the idea.

Regardless, it’s the thought that counts right? So men, no excuses! And ladies, this is a super easy dinner you can make and leftovers are always good for lunch. Much better than take out.

The Boyfriend’s Spaghetti.

6 oz dried spaghetti noodles
1 tbsp salt
1 lb ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1-2 tbsp sugar
1 jar Classico spaghetti sauce (or any other brand of your choice)
Salt and pepper

  • Bring pot of water to a boil. Throw in dried spaghetti noodles and 1 tbsp salt. Cook noodles til al dente.
  • Sweat the onions and then add the ground beef. Add pepper.
  • Cook until brown and add the sliced mushrooms. 
  • Pour in spaghetti sauce and bring to a boil. 
  • Add 1 to 2 tbsp of sugar, depending on how sweet you like your pasta to be. 
  • Salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Throw in cooked noodles to absorb the yummy goodness. 

To dress this up, simply add parmesan or fresh herbs such as basil. I like to eat it with a side of homemade mozzarella sticks. Something I learned from Chef Scott Conant was to add a couple of tbsps of butter after you add in the cooked noodles. Toss the noodles to incorporate air so the spaghetti is light and creamy, from the butter.

sweet basil! by BarefootAdrianne.
Speaking of basil… One of my pet peeves is that herbs from the grocery store never last long enough and when I do need fresh herbs there is a shortage. So I have decided to grow my own. Not only is organic, free, and fun,  but produce seems to always taste better when you grow it yourself. Novel Eats has a wonderful tutorial here

I will be giving away the very set that I am using which is the Gourmet Chia Herb Garden. It comes with curled parsley, dill, chives, basil, cilantro, marjoram seeds and their essential growing materials (pots, soil, ect..).

Gourmet Chia Herb Garden Giveaway
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How to enter
There will be 4 ways to enter. Each option gives you an additional entry and thus a greater chance of winning!

1. Leave a comment on the post. Say hi, what you’re craving, or anything else that’s on your mind!
2. Fan me on Facebook here. Post another comment with your profile url.
3.  Subscribe to my blog. Post another comment saying you’ve subscribed.
4. Mention the contest on your blog and include a link back to this entry. Leave another comment with a link to your blog post. 

Winners will be chosen by the Random Number Generator so the more comments you leave the better your chances.  Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Contest will be open until June 1st 11:59 EST. Good luck!

Congratulations to Tofugirl!


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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