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Carol's Hollywood Spaghetti
Posted by Denise on July 27, 2011
Carol's Hollywood Spaghetti comes together quickly and is always a big hit for
get to today’s recipe, I want to tell how we were introduced to it. And no, I don’t know why it is called
Hollywood spaghetti, except for it is “dressed up” spaghetti. Yeah, let’s go with that.
When Andy was 11, my mom decided to take
him and two of his cousins, sisters Chelsy (also 11 at the time), and Carly (7), on a week-long trip. Mom travels a
lot and the grandkids were always asking to go with her on a trip. Mom researched different destinations within the
United States to find cities that have lots of kid-friendly things to do. She decided to take the three kids to
Denver, Colorado, in the Rocky mountains. Denver is beautiful, and has tons of things to do, including historical
sites and great parks. And it has the added benefit of being home to our cousin, Carol.
Carol, a retired nurse, wanted Mom and the
kids to stay with her at her home. Mom’s plan was to spend the first night or two at Carol’s, then stay at a motel
the rest of the time to avoid disrupting Carol’s life for long. But they all had such a good time together, that at
Carol’s request they stayed the whole week with her! Each day Carol, Mom and the three kids left the house early
and came home late, filling their time with museums, nature hikes, and train rides.
The first night at her home Carol made
Hollywood Spaghetti for them. She was probably thinking that there would be leftovers, but she wasn’t counting on
the appetites of three lively youngsters. They loved this meal and snarfed down the whole batch in one sitting!
When they got back home, the three kids talked about Hollywood Spaghetti as much as they did the other things they
saw and experienced. We knew we would have to get the recipe.
This is the perfect dish to serve a group
of hungry people no matter their ages. Quick to fix using common ingredients, the flavors appeal to almost
everyone. And you can play with the flavors. We sometimes add garlic or hot red pepper flakes, which changes it up
quite a bit. It is easily doubled to feed more people and reheats well.
The kids still talk about the trip and what
a great time they had. They really enjoyed getting to know Carol as well. And every time we make Carol’s Hollywood
Spaghetti it warms our hearts as well as our tummies remembering how much fun they all had together.
Carol's Hollywood Spaghetti
Makes 6-8 servings
1 Tablespoon olive
1 Cup onions,
1 Cup mushrooms, cut into
¾ Cup green pepper,
½ Cups (#2 ½ can) of
cooked, diced tomatos
oz. hot cooked spaghetti
Cups shredded cheese, Colby or we
used a Colby-Monterey Jack cheese mix
1. Pre-heat the oven
to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Cook the spaghetti. If you want instructions, please go here. Drain and cover,
keeping warm until needed.
Draining cooked spaghetti
3. Cook onions in a the olive
oil until slightly yellow. Add green pepper and mushrooms and cook with onions until lightly
brown and translucent.
4. Add the salt, sugar,
tomatoes, and spaghetti and heat through, stirring well to combines everything well. Do this
gently so the spaghetti does not get smooshed.
5. Pour everything into
a well-greased 2 quart casserole dish. Cover (with tin foil if there is no lid) and bake for 20
minutes. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake for an additional 5 minutes until melted and
slightly browned. Serve while hot.