Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Cowboy Spaghetti

Serves six hungry ranch hands.
Note: I do not measure spices, I put them in my hand and eyeball them. These are very close approximations.

1 package spaghetti or pasta of your choice, cooked al dente per package directions

1 jar Classico basil spaghetti sauce
1 pound ground meat (hamburger or venison)
1 tube of breakfast sausage
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 4 ounce can diced green chilies (drained).
3 small cans sliced black olives (drained)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Penzey's Italian seasoning (or your favorite brand).
1/4 heaping teaspoon fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon fresh basil
4 cloves roasted garlic minced (or 1 generous Tablespoon of jarred minced)
1/4 heaping teaspoon white pepper
6 or 7 grinds of the tellecherry black pepper in the pepper mill
1/4 teaspoon applewood smoked salt
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper
1 heaping Tablespoon wild honey
1/4 teaspoon
1/3 cup Merlot (I add it to the jar of spaghetti sauce and then swirl it around to get the last bits of the sauce )

Cook on high in crockpot for two hours or low for 4-6.

30 minutes before serving,stir in:
8 ounces cubed cream cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan.

Serve on hot pasta with grated smoked cheddar.

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