Simple Spaghetti

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

8oz. box whole wheat spaghetti noodles

1 small onion

2 cloves garlic

1/2 jar spaghetti sauce (your choice)

1/3  red & green bell peppers

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tsp Italian seasoning
(or 1 tsp Oregano, basil, & thyme)

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp chili powder

Directions:

Add 1 tsp of salt and and olive oil to a large pot of water, and bring to a boil.  Add spaghetti noodles, and cook until tender, about 8-10 min. , stirring occasionally.  Strain when finished.  While noodles are cooking, prepare sauce–dice onions, garlic, and peppers.  Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in small pan.  Add onions and peppers, and saute about 2-3 min.  Add garlic, and saute until fragrant.  Add ground beef, breaking up any large pieces.  Saute over medium heat, stirring until browned and firm, and no pink is visible in meat.  Add seasonings, and stir to distribute.  Reduce heat to low, and slowly add tomato sauce (be careful–I got splattered in the eye! =P )  Stir to coat meat mixture with sauce, and simmer about 1-2 more min.   Stir in sugar (for a little sweetness and “kick”)  remove from heat, allow to cool, and serve over warm pasta.  Enjoy!!

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