The W&W Kitchen: “Macroona Salsa” Tomato & Ground Beef Pasta

Ever since I can remember, I loved to cook. I can’t recall how old I was, but you could find me playing with my mother’s spice rack – as if they were barbies. So yes, I became quite familiar with spices at a young age.

When I initially started this blog, I wanted to share everything from fashion to food to poetry. So I’m excited to finally start sharing food with you.

This dish in particular was one of my favorites growing up. It’s so simple, but so delicious. For you Libyans out there, my mom referred to this as “Macroona Salsa” It doesn’t even come close to my mom’s, however, it’s still super good and so easy.

Here’s what you’ll need:
Salt
Black Pepper
Italian Seasoning
Basil
Oregano
1/2 of an Onion
4 heads of Garlic
Olive Oil
1lbs Ground Beef
1 chopped Jalapeño
2 large Roma Tomatoes
Half of a small can of tomato paste
Water
Parmesan Cheese
Pasta of your choosing

In a medium-large saucepan add about a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Add the chopped onions until translucent then add in your minced garlic. Once fragrant (about a minute or so) add the ground beef and a pinch of salt.

Once the ground beef is browned. Add the jalapeño and tomatoes. Allow that to simmer together for about a minute or so. Then add the tomato paste, and all of the dry spices.

Give it a nice mix and add water until you get the consistency you like. I like mine a little more on the thick side. So I would start with about a 1/2 cup of water then go from there. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering cook your pasta. I love either elbow (as pictured) or spaghetti. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and return to pot. Then add your sauce is mix it all up and top it with parmesan cheese and fresh basil (optional).

How easy was that? This is the perfect meal for a busy day!

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