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Spaghetti with homegrown basil

At the start of spring the kids planted each an herb in small pots sitting by our kitchen window. Parsley, chives and basil were the contents of the packets we got from the store. They chose them in that order to as to who will plant the said herb. Parsley went to my oldest -daughter, chives went to my older son and basil was left for my younger boy. Months passed and they religiously water them, making sure that they get enough sunlight by the window but the chive withered. The parsley grew but not as much and only the basil was able to make itself thick…

So we had some of the basil plucked for this basic spaghetti recipe.

olive oil
ground beef (precooked – I usually simmer this)
minced garlic
tomatoes, cubed
basil leaves, chopped but leave some whole for garnishing
salt and pepper

1. Cook pasta per package directions.

2. In a saucepan, heat olive oil, put and cook ground beef until golden brown. Set the ground beef on one side of the pan and saute garlic. Do not overcook. Add tomatoes. Combine garlic and tomatoes with ground beef.

3. Stir in chopped basil leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Serve over cooked pasta and garnish with whole basil leaves.

Voila! Simple, easy and tasty.

As for the quote, it’s not only Michael Chang, the tennis player who believes that with spaghetti and noodles he’d be ok. My younger son (pictured below) and the whole family loves spaghetti and any other noodles for that matter just like Chang.


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  1. basil makes everything better!

  2. that looks yummy and your son’s picture’s really nice! i always like to have herb plants in our house but we are not lucky. maybe we will try next time! galing ni bunso…:) visiting late from last week’s food friday! have a great week. :)

  3. my kind of pasta.:p
    i’ve been thinking of growing herbs, too. we have now lemongrass, alugbati, bell pepper and siling labuyo on the roof deck.:p

  4. oh so yummy naman! :D

  5. I love pasta and cheese my weakness ^_^


  6. Looks delish!

    We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  7. yummy! basta pasta i love it!

    visiting from FF!

    see yah, thanks!

  8. hehehe, so those itsy-bitsy reddish thingies are tomatoes! lol :D

  9. That looks delicious. I love pasta dishes made with fresh herbs-yum!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,

  10. did you also add in tomatoes, G? or are those reddish thingies on the beef bell peppers?
    …i love pasta! usually i go for the meatless pastas, though. usually. not always. LOL

  11. am not chinese sis but i love pasta and noodles in all its form.

    am happy to see u play this week, sis!

  12. i always love the idea of growing yr own herbs! besides the beautiful view they created, it’s also much healthier to eat yr own homegrown herbs.

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