Braided Spaghetti Bread

I totally need to go to the grocery store. Big time. I’ve been stalling for days. I don’t know why. Maybe because in the summer all I want to eat is fruit. Or maybe I just needed something to procrastinate about that would make me actually fold the 5 loads of clean laundry sitting on my bed. Mission accomplished! Whatever the reason, I needed a solution for dinner that did not involve any fancy ingredients. I scoured my freezer and found a bag of frozen dinner rolls and a tube of chicken sausage. I knew there was a dinner in those ingredients, it just needed a couple pantry basics to make it work. A nice jar of marinara sauce, mozzarella and some pasta did the trick. This braided spaghetti was absolutely delicious, mondo easy and will most certainly become a part of my regular rotation.

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Mom’s Spaghetti

There is no food I have eaten more than spaghetti. I grew up in a family of 7 with one income and a mom who homemade dinner every night. Spaghetti was a staple. It feeds a crowd, is simple and inexpensive to make and is just comfort food at its finest. Everyone has things they like or don’t like in red saucy pasta. If you like mushrooms, throw them in. I often do. Also, my mother recently shared that she adds a little bit of sugar to her sauce usually. It takes the bite off the acidity of the tomatoes. It’s funny how comfort dishes just taste better when mom makes them. Regardless of how many times I make this myself, I’ll always prefer getting it in my parents dining room. Nostalgia is the best seasoning there is.

I’ll always be thankful to my mom for the years I saw her in the kitchen. I always assumed that baking and cooking was second nature. That it just kind of happened because there were always amazing meals and delicious treats.

Now that I’m the homemaker, I appreciate the energy it takes to constantly plan and prepare meals and I realize that I never thanked my sweet wonderful mother enough. I think I’ll call her and do that now.

Mom’s Spaghetti
from my mom

1 pound ground beef (or you can use turkey)
1 large onion, finely minced
28 ounce can chopped tomatoes
8 ounce can tomato paste
1-2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan over medium high heat, cook onion and meat until no longer pink. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer 1-2 hours.

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