Colby’s Quick Spaghetti


This past weekend, as you may know, I traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma to run in the Remember the Ten Run with my sister.  This event honors ten men (mostly players and coaches) from the Oklahoma State University Basketball Team that perished in a plane crash on January 27, 2001 in Colorado.  The Remember the Ten Run has now become an annual tradition held on the third Saturday in April each year.  My sister and I decided to race in the 10k. I placed 4th in my age division with at time of 45:19 and my sister placed 2nd with a time of 42:01!  Apparently it pays to be the girlfriend of an outstanding OSU cross country and track runner (Colby).  He is considered as one of our country’s fastest collegiate runners. Maybe his speed has rubbed off on my sister because she sure ran a fast time!  I on the other hand did well for having not trained.  Maybe my husband’s collegiate football talent from Texas A&M will rub off on me!  However, I don’t know of any women football leagues out there… plus at barely 5’1 tall and 90 pounds, football would not be a sport I could picture myself being good at!

As part of the “carbo-loading” we do before a big cross country race, my sister’s boyfriend, Colby made us his “quick spaghetti” recipe that his mom has made him over the years, and it was delicious!

This is definitely not your typical “spaghetti with meat sauce” recipe with the red, marinara sauce you would typically expect.  Instead it has more of a creamy, mushroom and tomato flavor you would expect from a tomato-cream sauce like in Penne alla Betsy.  The simple ingredients include ground beef, a can of mushroom soup, a can of tomato soup, and seasonings.  You probably already have all you need sitting in your pantry at home!

Colby’s spaghetti is quick, easy, tasty, and fool-proof.  It also fulfilled my sister and my need for “carbo-loading” before our big race the next day.  It paid off and we each ran our best.  Enjoy and try this new twist on spaghetti!

Colby’s Quick Spaghetti
1 pound hamburger meat
1 can mushroom soup
1 can tomato soup
Italian seasoning, oregano, and garlic salt to taste
salt and pepper

1.  For the Meat Sauce:  Brown 1 pound of hamburger meat and drain.  Put meat back in skillet and add 1 can mushroom soup and 1 can of tomato soup, mix together (you might need to add a little water, maybe 1/4 cup).
2.  Add Italian seasoning, oregano, garlic salt, salt and pepper.  Heat this mixture.
3.  To Cook Spaghetti:  Heat water in large pan, add some salt before water boils, then add spaghetti.  Cook spaghetti according to package directions, about 12 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings
recipe from Karen Lowe (Colby’s mom)

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