Saturday, August 21, 2010

A little of this, a pinch of that, and topped with an extra helping of Memories.

Not long ago my cousin and I were chatting and she mentioned Grandma's Spaghetti and meat meat. Oh my, just the mention of that made me smile and made my mouth water! Every summer my cousins would come in a stay at my grandparents house for a week or so and we lived next door, which meant I stayed at grandmas house too. And every summer Grandma would make her wonderful, delicious, spaghetti!!! I have thought about that so many times but would have never attempted to make her spaghetti myself; I knew it would be too much preparation, all day in the kitchen, and I could never taste like Grandma's. She had magical pots and pans. But for whatever the reason, that conversation inspired me to make GRANDMA'S MAGICAL SPAGHETTI AND MEAT. The next morning I called her up, and with a slight bit of hesitancy asked her for the recipe. She giggled at me and rattled of 5 ingredients. 5 INGREDIENTS. Of course, I rushed to the grocery store and made it that very night. And low and behold it did taste like Grandma's!! My husband loves it, my kids love it, but I think I love it more. Nothing can top summers at Grandma's kitchen table with two of my sweetest cousins and our grandparents, laughing at our mud pies and fun in the pool; and eating Spaghetti and meat with cornbread on the side. Or Cornbread with spaghetti and meat on top if you are my Grandad!
I'm sure you will read this recipe and maybe even try it, but I know you will never appreciate this meal as I do. It is comfort to my soul! Thank you Grandma for making my childhood and my boys childhood so special!

Grandma's Spaghetti and Meat (exactly as she wrote it on a recipe card for me)

1 1/2 c. Small Elbow Macaroni
1/2 lb Hamburger meat
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp Sugar
1 46oz can of tomato juice

Cook Macaroni in enough water to be loose. While it's cooking brown meat loose or in small balls. Drain off water on macaroni and add tomato juice, meat, salt & sugar. Heat to a boil. Very good with Cornbread or butter and crackers.

Please share some of your Comfort food and the reason it is so special to you!


  1. That's it?? See, the best food is always the most simplistic. This is cheap too! Does this amount feed your whole family? I may double it just in case. I bet the sauce freezes well. Post a pic of the finished product!

  2. oh, it's so hard to choose!!! there are so many things that i remember my mom cooking when i was young. the smell of a roast cooking is just home. isn't it amazing how connected food and family and memories are! i guess Jesus knew what he was talking about! :)