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Old 03-28-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Anyone have a good from scratch mac and cheese and spaghetti sauce recipe?

I've been on the hunt for both and unable to find what I'm looking for [that tastes good! ]

I had a good friend who made a simple authentic sauce and it tasted so good but can't remember what she did. They were Italian and wouldn't give up the recipe! lol

Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-28-2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone have a good from scratch mac and cheese and spaghetti sauce recipe?

Spaghetti Sauce:

The lazy-or-need-to-go-grocery-shopping-version:

2 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 small can tomato paste
spices to taste

Brown the meat, dump in everything else, and let it simmer.


The Fully-Stocked-Fridge-Pretend-I'm-a-TV-Chef-Version:
(you should drink a glass of red wine while you make this one; it'll make you feel sophisticated, lol)

1 15oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
5-6 diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
a dozen or so mushrooms, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
garlic to taste
1/2 c. red wine
olive oil

Drizzle the oil in a saute pan. Throw in the veggies and cook until tender. Pour in the sauce and the wine. Allow to simmer for several hours. You can serve it as is, or blend it for a smoother sauce. I have to blend it because my family hates vegetables and would probably faint or vomit at the sight of "chunks" in their sauce, lol!
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:49 AM   #3
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Thank you!! Sounds yummy!!! Got that wine ready!!
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I have a crock pot mac and cheese recipe that always turns out really nice -- I need to go look it up.
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Re: Anyone have a good from scratch mac and cheese and spaghetti sauce recipe?

I have a slight issue with measuring stuff so when I make mac/cheese I just toss it all together then bake it.

I cook a whole pkg of noodles for 5 minutes, they are firm but not crunchy. Put them on the bottom of a thickly buttered lasagna dish.
Then stir in about a lb or 2 of shredded cheese, what ever kind I have laying around. It tends to melt a tad and stick in clumps to the noodle, this is GOOD. Makes for cheese lumps in the finished pasta, Yummy!
Then squirt a few dabs of mustard and stir again.
Add a few splashes of buttermilk, or 2% and a couple of drops of Worcestershire
Stir
Top it with Sharp cheddar slices.
Top the entire thing with aluminum foil, bake at 350 for 25 minutes (until the cheese on top starts to melt)
Take off the aluminum foil and kick it up to 400 to toast the top.

Kiddos eat it just like that, Hubby and I like to put a little bit of Balsamic vinegar and Feta cheese, or some tomatoe on it. Depending it we want rich and comforting or tangy as hell.


For Spagetti, simple is better. Saute Garlic and Onion in some olive oil until brown, try to keep the heat as low as possible. Then toss on a few cans of diced tomatoe, and left over fresh tomatoe also diced, and one of the teeny tiny cans of tomatoe sauce. NO tomatoe paste, makes it bitter Bleh.
Stir just like that until it starts to bubble.
Lower heat to simmer and add fresh or dried basil and maybe a tiny bit of rosemary. Oregano also makes it bitter. Let it sit and barely cook all day.

If you want meatballs, Take a lb of ground beast, add 1 egg and half a pkg of crumbled saltines, a few shakes of salt, pepper to taste and a cap full of italian seasoning. Moosh it all up with your hands, roll out balls, (smaller ones cook better) add to a shallowish pan, add enough spaghetti sauce to cover 1/2 way and cook covered for 45 minutes and medium stirring every 10ish minutes. Then toss all of that back into the main cookpot of sauce, checking to make sure the meat balls are brown all the way through. Then just let simmer while your noodles cook. Add as much olive oil as you want to everything, you can never eat too much olive oil.
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Thanks mamas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yummy!!!!

I'm going to make the spaghetti sauce today or tomorrow and the mac and cheese towards the end of the week!
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I like Alton Brown's mac and cheese recipes. There is a stovetop version, and a oven-baked version. Both are good, and you can find them on the Food Network site sith a simple search of his name or his show, Good Eats.
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Our mac and cheese recipe is:

Preheat oven to 350

Cook noodles until al dente. Drain the water from the noodle and turn the stove down to low. Add:

1/2 cup of milk
2 eggs
3/4 lb of shredded cheese (or lots more if you like! Just make sure you leave some to put on top of the pasta)
and salt and pepper to taste

Grease a casserole dish and pour the cheese/noodle mixture in and top with the rest of your cheese.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until cheese is melted
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Obviously there is room to play here with amounts...

How much do you like garlic?

1 bulb of garlic, with cloves cut in half
2 onions, chopped
TB or two of olive oil
^^^cook till onions are translucent.
Add: 1 12-oz can of diced tomatoes (or whole, chopped)
2 28-oz cans of tomato puree. I prefer Shaw's brand (Albertson's, for you west coasters) Bring to a simmer- add salt, pepper (just a dash), 2 tsp of thyme and basil... and of course, whatever other seasonings you want.
Simmer this for a few hours, making sure to stir the herbs back in to the sauce as it gets stuck on the sides of the pan.

We usually serve this over spaghetti with sliced sausage.
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Obviously there is room to play here with amounts...

How much do you like garlic?

1 bulb of garlic, with cloves cut in half
2 onions, chopped
TB or two of olive oil
^^^cook till onions are translucent.
Add: 1 12-oz can of diced tomatoes (or whole, chopped)
2 28-oz cans of tomato puree. I prefer Shaw's brand (Albertson's, for you west coasters) Bring to a simmer- add salt, pepper (just a dash), 2 tsp of thyme and basil... and of course, whatever other seasonings you want.
Simmer this for a few hours, making sure to stir the herbs back in to the sauce as it gets stuck on the sides of the pan.

We usually serve this over spaghetti with sliced sausage.
I LOVE garlic I put it in about everything. My husband gets annoyed!
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