Hetty’s pasta Friday.

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Hey everyone!

It’s Friday and the weekend have officially arrived.  Today I’m making pasta with meat sauce. I had a jar of pasta marinara sauce in the cabinets and decided to us e it today. I know that marinara sauces that comes from a jar can often be bland and tasteless. But there is a lot of hacks, tricks and tips out there that can easily fix that. I’m going to give you the “secret weapon” I use when I’m cooking with a marinara sauce form a jar. It’s east, it’s tasty and it gives the sauce lots of flavor and it almost taste like homemade, almost.


1 pound of ground beef

1 jar of pasta marinara sauce

1 clove of minced garlic

All-around spice blend

Tuscan spice blend

Chili flakes

A pinch of oregano

A pinch of basil



Grated Parmesan


Half an onion


canned mushrooms or sliced fresh mushrooms. ( optional)

How to make this dish:

  1. Start by boiling the spaghetti as written on the label. Melt some butter in a pot or a iron skillet. Peel and chop up half an onion and add it into the skillet/pot when the butter have melted. Season with pepper and a tiny bit of grated nutmeg. Let it simmer for about five minutes until the onion have reached a golden color.
  2. Add the ground beef in with the onion. Season with pepper, all-around spice blend, Tuscan spice blend, chili flakes, a pinch of oregano and basil and the minced garlic.
  3. When the ground beef is cooked, add canned mushrooms if desired and let it simmer for about 5 more minutes before adding inn the jar of marinara sauce. Let it simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Add a tablespoon of butter and some grated Parmesan.
  4. When the pasta is ready, drain the water and put it into a serving bowl, then add the meat-sauce when the butter and Parmesan is melted. Serve it up with some garlic bread on the side.

I hope you like this as much as we do.  Tomorrow I’m making stakes or pork tenderloin. I haven’t decided yet but hopefully it will turn out good either way.

I hope all of you have an amazing Friday so far, and I hope to see you back here tomorrow for a new post.

  • Hetty

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