On Top of Spaghetti…

Yesterday’s cool weather and rainy skies lead me to crave a warm, home-cooked meal. Spaghetti never fails to hit the spot. 

I think the best part about the dish is that everyone’s spaghetti is unique. My mom’s spaghetti, for instance, was ever-evolving, but always contained a light tomato sauce with pepperoni instead of hamburger meat. Other people grow up on meatballs, some with meatless sauce. There are plenty of variations. 

Here is a recipe for a delicious spaghetti sauce I make that I’m currently in love with…

  1. Boil water in a large pot for your noodles. Simultaneously, brown hamburger meat on high heat in a large pan (I use 1 lb meat / box of spaghetti noodles).
  2. While things are heating up on the stove, choose vegetables you wish to add to your sauce for extra flavor. I use mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. Chop, chop, chop!  
  3. When your water is ready, begin cooking your noodles. At this point, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Toss your veggies into the meat and change the heat to medium. Inhale the delicious infusion as the vegetables flavor the meat!   
  5. Choose a bread (Last night I used hamburger bun halves) and butter each slice. Add a dash of garlic salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to flavor the bread. Put the bread in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Once your meat is fully browned, drain the grease and add one small can of tomato paste to your meat and veggie blend. Stir and let simmer for 2 minutes. Add as much marinara sauce as desired (I use about 2/3 of a jar) and continue to stir.   
  7. Add garlic powder, garlic salt, lemon pepper, olive oil, basil, and any other seasoning you so desire to your sauce, change your heat to low and stir. 
  8. Strain the noodles and run cold water over them to remove excess starch. At this time, the garlic bread and sauce should be done and your meal is ready to serve!   


  • 1 box spaghetti noodles
  • 1 lb hamburger meat 
  • 2/3 jar of marinara sauce (2 lb jar)
  • Veggies for chopping (1 tomato, 1/2 onion, 1 cup mushrooms)
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt 
  • Onion powder
  • Lemon pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Basil
  • Bread
  • Butter (as much as desired)
  • 6 oz can tomato paste 

Enjoy! Please email me at kellyjophoto@gmail.com with any questions! 



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Kelly Jo Johnson | Forever Golden Living

wife & mama. blog author. photographer. style obsessed. for booking & collaborations 📧: kellyjophoto@gmail.com

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