Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spanish Delight

I really don't understand the reason this dish is named Spanish Delight, because to me it's more like an Italian Delight. Or rather Italian-American Delight. But then that is just too long for a recipe title, isn't it?

Tonight's dinner was based off a recipe from a cookbook that my relative Betty put together. (For the whole story, click here) I wasn't so sure on the timing of the recipe (it called for an hour at 350F!) so I kinda fudged the recipe to my liking. It turned out pretty tasty. So here's the recipe:

Rachel's Spanish Delight *
1 lb. spaghetti noodles, broken into 3-in pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 lb. ground beef
14 oz. can diced tomatoes (I used fire-roasted)
14 oz. can tomato sauce
Cayenne pepper, ground
Chili powder
Cheese, grated (I used cheddar, but queso would be good too)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cook spaghetti according to instructions on package. Heat tbsp oil in a skillet over med-high heat and cook onions, peppers and garlic until almost soft (still a little crunchy. they will cook further in the oven). Remove veggies from pan, then brown the beef. Drain the noodles and return to the stock pot. Add veggies to the pot with the noodles, along with the two cans of tomato products. When the beef is done, drain the fat, then add to the noodle mixture. Sprinkle some of the cayenne and chili powder over the top, then mix all together. Pour into a large baking dish, then put in the oven for about 15 minutes. Add cheese over the top to melt during the last 5 minutes. 

*Note that the picture is not what it will look like! It's close, but it's got sausage and chicken instead of ground beef.

Hope you enjoy it!


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