Oct 22, 2015

30 Minute Beef and Franks Spaghetti Meal

This post is is sponsored by Prego® Sauces. All opinions are mine alone. 
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Ready in 30 minutes, this Beef and Franks Spaghetti Meal with only 5 main ingredients is the perfect dinner solution for busy moms. With ground beef, hot dogs, vegetables and a rich Italian sauce served over pasta, a delicious weeknight family meal has never been easier.
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When it comes to comfort food, one that will always be on top of our list is a pasta dish. There is just something so deliciously comforting in a plate of spaghetti smothered in your favorite sauce and topped with cheese. While I sometimes attempt to make my pasta sauce from scratch there are days when I simply don’t have the time to wait 2 hours to make the perfect Bolognese.
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I am glad that for busy days when my family craves pasta I can simply get a bottle of Prego® Traditional Italian sauce and be assured that our dinner would be delicious. Prego Italian sauce is made only from real ingredients and tastes just like homemade sauce. It is low in fat and saturated fat, a good source of fiber and is also gluten-free. Most of all, I love its rich flavor which makes it the perfect option for dinner any night of the week.
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Growing up in the Philippines, I remember my mom making us our favorite pasta dish which we often ate with rice. I know that sounds weird and a carb overload but that’s how we ate it – pasta and rice together with a thick and rich meaty sauce. My mom made a rich pasta sauce with ground beef and yes, franks or hot dogs thrown in for good measure. I don’t know if that was her way of making sure we ate our dinner but it surely worked and we definitely loved it.
I recalled those moments when I thought about what post to make for this week. I know my kids love pasta and hot dogs so that’s already a winning combination right there. I also added some fresh vegetables to the mix (sweet bell peppers and carrots) because I know they won’t mind, it’s good for them and for extra flavor, too. It’s a very easy and quick recipe which doesn’t require a lot of prep. You can simply cut up one or 2 vegetables, whatever you have at hand, to the mix. I also used an all natural, 100 % beef, nitrate-free hot dogs so it’s a real healthy dish over-all.
You begin by by browning the ground beef in a little oil and then adding the sliced hot dogs or franks.
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The verdict? Everyone loved it! Yes, including my English husband who’s never had hot dogs in his pasta sauce before ever! This is a huge batch but because my kids (ages 6 and 9) ate a lot of this (ok, me and hubby did, too) we only had about 2 servings left out of possibly 6-8. I consider that a major success!
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. uncooked Spaghetti, or pasta of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoons, Olive Oil (optional if your beef has a little fat)
  • 1 lb. ground Beef
  • 6 Frankfurters or Hot Dogs, sliced (preferably all natural, 100% beef and nitrate-free)
  • Vegetables (1 large carrot, cubed and 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped)
  • 1 45 oz bottle Prego Traditional Italian sauce
  • 2-3 Tablespoons fresh Parsley, chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta al dente or according to package directions.
In a large frying pan or skillet, brown the ground beef in a little oil. Season with a little salt and pepper as it cooks. When the beef has changed its color, add the sliced frankfurters or hot dogs. Saute for about 2 minutes.
Stir in the chopped vegetables and let cook for another 3 minutes. Pour in the sauce and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes (or however long the pasta cooks). During the last 2 minutes or so of cooking add the fresh parsley (if using) to the sauce and stir.
Mix the sauce with the cooked pasta and garnish with extra parsley, if desired. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese on the side.
Serves: 6-8


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  1. You have definitely elevated a simple weeknightmeal.

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    1. Thanks Peter! We can eat this and never tire of it!

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  2. What an interesting meal for super busy moms! You know I bet kids would love this, they always seem to enjoy hotdogs. Good idea for keeping dinner simple.

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    1. My kiddies certainly loved them and hubby and I enjoyed the smoky taste that the hotdogs added....yum! Thanks Heidy!

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  3. Hot dogs just sort of make everything better, don't they?

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    1. Certainly Dorothy! With a delicious sauce and hotdogs, you can't go wrong! Thanks!

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  4. Mmm yum! Proper comfort food, this! When I was living in Canada Prego was my go-to ready made pasta sauce of choice. I'd completely forgotten about them until I read this post! Yum!

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    1. Same here Elizabeth! Prego really adds so much flavor that you don't need to simmer for hours.

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  5. Perfect weekday meal! Easy and tasty!

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  6. Haha I love that you used to eat pasta and rice together. Not gonna lie, it sounds delicious ;) As does this tasty sauce!

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    1. Sounds weird but it is delish especially if the pasta has a yummy sauce! :) Thanks, Becca!

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  7. I used to make something like this when I was a student all the time, although mine wasn't as fancy. But it sure beats toast :)

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    1. For sure Danni, you just can't go wrong with hotdogs and a delicious pasta sauce! Thanks!

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  8. My daughter works very long hours and with 2 little ones to feed is always looking for quickie dinners that are fun and tasty. This one is perfect Abby and I will be sending her your recipe for sure!

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    1. Thanks, Linda and hope she and her family enjoy this! :)

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  9. Hot dogs in spaghetti!??!!?? I'm in love. I must try this! The little kid in me is beyond giddy. :)

    -Julie @ Texan New Yorker

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  10. Reminds me of Big Bang Theory, that was the first place I'd heard of this combo!

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    1. I didn't know that Ashley! This is just how we make it in the Philippines. :)

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  11. What a fabulous use for franks. I always find we have leftover franks in the house and not sure what to do with them. And, that sauce looks so yummy! A great color!

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  12. I know lots of kids who would go nuts for this dish, how fun!

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    1. Not much convincing is needed for the kiddies to eat this for sure. Thanks, Justine!

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  13. That looks amazing! 30 minutes + pasta + meat. I just went to dinner heaven!!

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    1. Thanks! Haha. I can attest to that! :)

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  14. What a great, easy, fast and delicious meal for a weeknight!

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  15. What a super-easy, quick meal for busy nights! I love the addition of vegetables for added nutrition, texture and flavor! ~Shelley

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    1. Yup, it's an over-all healthy dish for the family. Thanks!

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  16. What a fantastic quick and easy recipe!

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  17. Easy and tasty comfort oasta dish, I say yes!

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  18. mmmm, I personally love spaghetti with sausage or hot dog as well as ground meat- So comforting!

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  19. I can't WAIT to make this, Abby! I have been hungry for spaghetti and tonight is bbq Copper River Salmon and YOUR garlic fried rice and broccoli.

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