Dorothy’s Mild Spaghetti



In a distant galaxy, long, long ago, I was the mom to 3 young boys.  They were the most incredible boys, but I must say not everyone in their dad’s family agreed with me.  The in-laws were more of a ‘speak when spoken to’ type of child raisers and our boys did not fit their bill.  And then there was Aunt Dorothy.

That wonderful woman would have us over for dinner every few months.  It was always something she knew the boys would like.  Since she had several boys herself, she knew boys were loud, boys were messy, boys were always hungry, boys were fun.  And she knew we were broke.  She and Uncle Ted were the kind of people every boy needs in their life.  There were always hidden Hot Wheels, treasures to explore in the basement, and total encouragement of boisterous boy stuff.

I really hope you will give this recipe a try and not just because I loved Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Ted.   I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.  It’s been over 40 years since I first tasted it and I still like it.  I know it’s going to be hard for you to not drain the pasta, but you can’t.  It will become the sauce.  I know you’re thinking some of my recipes are pretty odd.  Yep, but that’s what makes them so good.  These are old time recipes in some cases and they need to be remembered.

I also like a dinner you can put together and forget about it.  If you do it more than a few hours in advance though, you will have to bump up the cooking time.  Enjoy…


Boil together 10 minutes:

1 ½ quarts water

1 package onion soup mix

8 ounces spaghetti

Do not drain.

Brown 1 pound hamburger.  Add 1 8 ounce can of tomato paste and 1 of tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon marjoram, 1 tablespoon parsley, sprinkle of garlic powder.  Heat to boiling.

Combine undrained noodle mixture with the sauce mixture.  Pour into a large greased casserole or roaster.  Bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees.


* From the Recipe Box:

This is from Terry’s mom.  I always felt so welcomed when we would visit Ted and Dorothy when the kids were little.  She always fed us something special.  This recipe sounds weird, but it’s really good, almost like a casserole.

and remember:  Time flies whether you are having fun or not.  Big kiss, Lynn

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