This is the recipe my mother taught me when I was a teenager.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add chopped onions, and cook until tender. Add ground beef, and brown. Stir in salt and turmeric. Dilute tomato paste in water, and add to the beef mixture. Cook for 30 minutes over medium heat.

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  • Cook spaghetti in a large kettle of boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain well.

  • Combine beef mixture and noodles in a large kettle. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

793 calories; protein 31.8g; carbohydrates 67.3g; fat 43.1g; cholesterol 85.1mg; sodium 455.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2007
I thought this was really good, although I did make a few changes. I changed the setting so that it was for 2 people. I used a whole small onion. I used 3 tbl spoons of the paste and 1 1/2 tsps of the turmeric. And I added 1 tsp of white pepper, 1 tsp of ground black pepper, and some cayenne. My boyfriend loved it! Nothing fancy...but good and easy. Read More
(11)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2003
I liked the flavor of this spaghetti but I think the sauce needs more sauce. It only made just enough to barely coat the pasta. I think I would add a little more to it next time but overall this was a good recipe. Read More
(9)
9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
05/02/2007
I thought this was really good, although I did make a few changes. I changed the setting so that it was for 2 people. I used a whole small onion. I used 3 tbl spoons of the paste and 1 1/2 tsps of the turmeric. And I added 1 tsp of white pepper, 1 tsp of ground black pepper, and some cayenne. My boyfriend loved it! Nothing fancy...but good and easy. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
03/18/2003
I liked the flavor of this spaghetti but I think the sauce needs more sauce. It only made just enough to barely coat the pasta. I think I would add a little more to it next time but overall this was a good recipe. Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
03/15/2005
This smelled good when the beef was cooking but I was a little confused in the last stage - how can the noodles and beef cook for 30-40 min without completely sticking to the pot? The final product was a little bland, but still edible. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/12/2011
This recipe almost tastes like the spaghetti I grew up eating. Ground turkey makes a great substitute in this recipe for those who aren't all that into beef. I added more salt and turmeric to taste. I also added dried basil and pepper to taste. When it came time to add the tomato paste mixture, I added half of the tomato paste mixture and half Prego. I kept adding Prego when more sauce was needed especially after the pasta was added to the meat mixture. It tasted great! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
01/05/2017
I followed the recipe exactly as indicated. I do love turmeric and enjoy the health benefit it offers that said it is not enough to make this a properly seasoned spaghetti. Additionally there is not enough sauce (I doubled the water turmeric and tomato paste). After tasting it I decided to add in the following herbs 1 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp crushed rosemary 1/2 tsp garlic salt with 1/4 tsp garlic powder (I like my garlic) the result...much more flavorful spaghetti for a bump to 3.5 stars. Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
03/13/2019
I have tried a many of recipes and this is by far the best tasting of tem all! I tweaked a little bit but overall kept to the same. When i make Chiili I add about a teaspoon of Sugar to cut the slight bitter taste of the tomato paste. So I did the same for this recipe and added it along with the tomato paste and the ground beef mixed.. I also Added fresh Basil - from a plant not in a bottle or already picked -.ground beef used was 80/15. Also added fresh garlic. the addition of the tumeric is wonderful. it really brings all the flavors together. My wife even told that this is by far the best she has had. My compliments to the person who gave this recipe.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2020
It was easy to make and the result was a delicious, nutritious meal. My new go-to meal for busy days Read More
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