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Skinner Giveaway Plus My New Favorite Spagetti Sauce Recipe

by on March 1, 2012 · 51 comments

It’s not every day you see a spaghetti sauce recipe on Cookie Madness, but this post is dedicated to the 100 year anniversary of Skinner, a brand I grew up with here in Texas.

Skinner Pasta

I also wanted to let you know about the Skinner Pasta 100 Years of Mealtimes Memories Essay Contest that just opened today.  The prize is $10,000, and all you have to do is write a quick essay (less than 250 words) sharing your favorite mealtime memory.   It looks as though these essays are judged on skill and creativity, so sit back, relax and take a trip down memory lane.  Good luck! And if you don’t win the contest, at least you’ll have some new recipes from their very nicely done recipe collection.

In addition to the contests on Skinner’s site, I am hosting a giveaway that includes the following:

• Two boxes of Skinner® Pasta
• One colander (and it’s super nice!)
• One set of Texas-themed serving utensils
• Two Skinner® Pasta recipe cards

Keep it for yourself or give it as a gift, this is a nice set and all you have to do is post a comment here telling me your favorite mealtime memory involving pasta.  For the giveaway, no skill is required.  For instance, I have a short-term memory so mine is “Five minutes ago I was down in the kitchen boiling manicotti and then I came upstairs to write this blog post.”.  See?  No skill.  I’ll just pick a comment at random.  The giveaway portion of the contest will end this Monday and I will notify the winner on Tuesday.

Now for those recipes I promised you.  Below you will find a recipe from Texas cookbook author Robb Walsh, or to be more exact, his Nana. I noticed she also uses V-8 in her sauce.  And here I thought it was my secret ingredient!  My sauce recipe is below Robb’s. It’s what I used on the manicotti in the photo.

Nana’s Spaghetti and Meatballs
Recipe Created by Robb Walsh

Spaghetti and Meatballs Ingredients:
1 (12-ounce) package Skinner Spaghetti
6 cups Nana’s Red Sauce
18 Nana’s Meatballs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Crushed red pepper to taste (optional)

Boil the spaghetti in briskly boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain and rinse well. Toss the spaghetti with the red sauce in a large mixing bowl combining thoroughly. Put the spaghetti in a serving bowl and top with the meatballs. Sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese. Put the rest of the grated Parmesan cheese and the crushed pepper on the table and let diners add their own. Servings: 6

Note: If you make the lasagna and the spaghetti and meatball recipes using the red sauce recipe, you should have around four cups of red sauce left for another meal.

Meatball Ingredients:
1 ½ pound ground beef
½ cup bread crumbs
1 ½ cups finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup loosely packed chopped parsley
2 tablespoons dried ground oregano
2 eggs
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons parmesan
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
Nana’s Red Sauce

Combine all ingredients, except red sauce, in a large mixing bowl and mix well, blending all ingredients into a uniform texture. In your cupped hand, form 34 to 36 small (one ounce) meatballs. Drop meatballs gently into Nana’s Red Sauce. Simmer, stirring gently every fifteen minutes to avoid breaking up the meatballs. Cook for 45 minutes to one hour or until meatballs are well done.

Nana’s Red Sauce Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground sirloin
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
4 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup grated carrot
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup white wine
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
1 (46-ounce) can tomato juice or V-8
2 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 cup chopped parsley
½ cup coarsely chopped celery leaves
1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
2 tablespoons dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat. Brown the beef and sausage in batches, transferring the browned meat to a bowl with a slotted spoon. When the meat is all browned, reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, celery and carrots. Use the vegetables to deglaze the pan scraping up the browned meat that stuck to the bottom. Cook for three minutes until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the garlic and stir to mix well. Cook another two minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the white wine and turn the heat to high stirring constantly for three or four minutes or until the white wine is reduced by half. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato juice, tomato paste and tomato sauce, mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the cooked meat and the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Simmer for two hours stirring every fifteen minutes.

Anna’s Favorite Spaghetti Sauce

3/4 pound lean freshly ground beef
1 link Italian sausage (about 2-4 ounces) — I use a small amount since it’s rich
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2/3 cup chopped baby carrots
2/3 cup roughly chopped celery
3 cloves garlic
2 small cans (16 ounces total) tomato sauce
5 1/2 ounces tomato paste (1 can minus a tablespoon)
1 can (6 ounces) Spicy Hot V-8
1/2 teaspoon celery salt plus more as needed
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons Greek Oregano
3/4 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup red wine (or more as needed)
Salt to taste (optional)

In a large, dry skillet, brown the beef and sausage together. Alternatively, you can do this in the same Dutch oven which you use for the sauce, but have a bowl handy to move the meat to for the second step.
In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium. Add the onions, carrots and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and sauté for another two minutes. Add (or return) the meat to the Dutch oven and stir it around with the vegetables. Now pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste and V-8. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in celery salt, basil, oregano, paprika, water and wine. Stir well. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until ready to use.

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Published on March 1, 2012
Whitney Lindeman March 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

My fiance and I got home last night from a bus trip with a bunch of fellow Wichita State University students (we were in St. Louis, watching the MVC basketball tournament). We were completely exhausted and SO hungry, so we ended up throwing together this quick and easy dish with pasta and some randomness we had in the kitchen. Delicious!

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