Celebrating Christmas is a meaningful day for us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. A special man (sinless) sent from God to us (sinners) that we can be saved and not perish.
When I was asked by dinoMama to participate in this Festive Food Train, alot of homemade dishes came to mind but I just couldn’t confirm the special dish because we eat these food even when it is not during festive season.
However, as the time draw near, I decided to share the homemade beef pasta that my family love.
The ingredients that we use can be found easily from the local supermarkets. But what makes it so special? The main trick is to sufficiently brown the meat and sort of dissolving ’em and not in big chunk while absorbing the sweetness of other ingredients.
Yield: Serves 4-5:
1 big bottle of Prego Mushroom
1/2 – 1 big bottle of Prego Traditional
1 small can of Del Monte Tomato Paste
1 packet of Swiss Mushrooms (sliced)
1 packet of Honey Cheery Tomatoes (cut into half)
1/2 bowl of Frozen Mixed Vegetable (optional)
300g Minced Beef
25g unsalted butter
3/4 packet of spaghetti
Italian Herbs Mill
1 Marinate the beef with soy sauce, corn flour and some italian herbs mill. Cover and leave aside.
2 Boil the spaghetti in boiling water with 1 Tbsp of salt for about 7-8mins. When done, drain and put under running tap water to cool off the spaghetti without further cooking it. **Cook spaghetti 10 minutes before you start your dinner. So that, it will not turn soggy or sticky.
3 Add butter into pot with low fire letting the butter melt without burning it. Add frozen mixed vegetable (optional) and mushroom and stir till soft and fragrant.
4 Add marinated beef and let it cook without stirring at first. After a minute or two, add very little water on the beef so that it will break easily (due to the heat from the fire) and stir. Leave it for a few minutes without stirring to let the meat brown a little before adding in the prego sauces.
5 We like it thick so we do not add water after the sauces. If you would like to further thicken the sauce, use tomato paste. Add 1 tsp sugar, sprinkle the italian herbs mill and garlic powder. Stir in and bring to a simmer on low heat, let cook, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes.
6 Before transferring it to the thermal pot after 10 minutes, add in the honey cheery tomatoes. Stir in a bit. However, if you need to adjust any seasoning, please taste and adjust accordingly if it is too sour by adding a little bit more sugar and if it is a bit thick to your preference, add a little bit more tomato sauce or water.
7When it is time for dinner, take some portion of the sauces out to a pan or pot, stir in the cooked spaghetti and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes. This is soften the spaghetti and letting it absorb the sweetness of the sauce. Try this, it makes a different. Garnish with chopped parsley (if you have). Serve immediately.
Who is next? Let’s read on.
For the past 15 years, Adeline’s aunt-in-law have been hosting Christmas dinner at her home with the extended families – a tradition that we look forward to every year. Pop by Adeline’s blog on the 26th December for all the post merry making photos which she will share as part of the festive food blog train!
Adeline is a SAHM and blogs at The Accidental Mom Blogger. During her spare time, she also creates lifestyle jewelries at her blog shop ADELINE’S LOFT. Her passion was recognized by Cozycot, a local women lifestyle online magazine and was awarded for being an inspirational woman during International Women’s Day in 2011.
A lovely Sunday to you! ♥ jean.