Thursday, November 19th, 2009

By popular demand: Noel’s Spaghetti

You can this and other

Piper family recipes in

Treasuring God in Our Traditions.

Noël’s Spaghetti

This is a family favorite, the choice for most birthday dinners, and a perfect make-ahead. I make a huge batch-for about 15 adults. The recipe can easily be cut into thirds.

  • 3 pounds ground meat (beef or turkey or combination with Italian Sausage)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 T whole oregano
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 2 T salt
  • 2 T Worcestershire Sauce (if you have it)
  • 3 T dried parsley
  • 1 large onion (or 1/3 cup dry onion flakes)
  • 6-10 drops Tabasco Sauce (optional. Doesn’t make it hot, just gives a slight zing)
  • Institutional size can Tomato sauce (or six-seven 15-oz cans / or combination of tomato sauce & canned tomatoes)

Brown meat. Drain well. Stir in flavorings. Add tomato sauce. Simmer at least ½ hour.

For freezing ahead: Often I freeze the cooked meat/spices combination and then when I’m ready to use it, thaw and add the tomatoes. Takes up lots less space in the freezer than sauce.

Noël’s secret to non-sticky pasta.

(And you can make it the day before. )

(Pasta purists, just look the other way.)

  • Cook pasta until done, but not overdone.
  • Strain off hot water.
  • Immediately rinse with cold water until noodles are cold, and strain off the water.
  • With hands, mix in oil to coat all the pasta. (about 2-3 T per pound)
  • Cover well until ready to use.
  • Heat in microwave.

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    5 Responses to “By popular demand: Noel’s Spaghetti”

    1. Thank you! This post reminds me of the Noel Advent Calendar. I am really hoping that it will be available for 2010! I've been searching for it for the last 3 years, ever since reading your book :). Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help get the new version ready.

    2. We shall call it "Piper Pasta"!!!

    3. fantastic recipie, I made it tonight and everyone enjoyed it. I was thinking it should be called Piper Pasta too!

    4. [...] Noel’s Spaghetti (we use less ground beef or add more tomatoes) [...]

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