Spaghetti Parm {#CookbooksandCalphalon}

Aug 07

What made you fall in love with cooking?!? 15 other bloggers and me asked ourselves this question and decided to share favorite cookbokos and recipes.

So maybe this is cheating a little, but there wasn’t one cookbook that was the be-all-end-all for me growing up. At least not a “professional” one. The trusty Betty Crocker cookbook was how I first learned to make pancakes.

Apparently, I baked brownies as a child too!

Apparently, I baked brownies as a child too!

However, when I think about the equivalent of my Bible for cooking, it would be the written cookbooks of my mom and grandma. My mom is visiting me this week, so I knew I had to make something from her own cookbook– so WE made spaghetti parm. Amazing! Just as good as I remember it– if not better.

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I’m doing this post in conjuction with 15 other wonderful bloggers and two amazing sponsors– Calphalon and Page St. We’re all sharing favorite cookbooks, recipes from them (divided into cooking, baking, and drink groups!), and doing a GIVEAWAY! Check out the other recipes below and enter the giveaway!

Cookbooks & Calphalon– what a perfect couple!

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Cooking:
Tomato Jam – Healthy. Delicious.
Lemon Basil Chicken Thighs – Mind Over Batter
Homemade Spinach and Cheese Ravioli – Food Lust People Love
Spaghetti Parmesan – Food Ramblings
Baking:
Cookie Dough Fudge Brownies – Sugar Dish Me
Plum and Pluot Galette – Fork Vs Spoon
Peanut Butter Squares – Kelly Bakes
Simple Apple Crisp – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond
Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake – The Redhead Baker
Beirut Tahini Swirls – Pastry Chef Online
Drinks:
Oat-chata – Healthy Slow Cooking
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Ingredients

  • 4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • olive oil
  • 1 can plum tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato puree
  • 3 small cans tomato paste
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs dried basil
  • 5 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 package mozzarella cheese
  • butter
  • Difficulty: easy

Directions

Coat large pot with olive oil. Saute the garlic.

In a blender, blend the plum tomatoes. Add the plum tomatoes, tomato puree, and tomato pastes. Then add water (1 tomato puree can and 3 tomato paste cans). Mix and bring to boil.

Add spices. Simmer for one hour.

Prepare spaghetti according to package instructions. Make individual dishes for the spaghetti parm. In each pasta bowl, mix 1/2 tbs butter with the pasta. Cover with sauce and then cheese. Broil for about one minute. Serve and enjoy!

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Comments: 42

  1. Colleen (Souffle Bombay) Aug 07 at 8:42 am Reply

    Yummo – still a favorite dish of mine! My 12 year old son JUST decided to like it last week lol!

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:28 pm Reply

      Just decided? I think I liked spaghetti from inside the womb!

  2. Jenni Aug 07 at 9:08 am Reply

    How special that you were able to make this with your mom! And blender sauce–pretty smart!

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:27 pm Reply

      It was so much fun to cook with her again!

  3. Kristin Aug 07 at 9:54 am Reply

    Mmmmm…. Sounds delicious! And yes, family recipes are the best. One bridal shower gift that I am most proud of is a cookbook I made for my sister. I got recipes from my parents and from her in-laws and put them all together so she had the best of both family recipes.

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:27 pm Reply

      I’m sure your sister cherished that recipe book!

  4. Kathy Hester Aug 07 at 10:02 am Reply

    That’s my partner’s favorite dish and if she had her way we’d eat it a few times a week!

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:26 pm Reply

      I’m with her!!

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  6. Marie @ Little Kitchie Aug 07 at 10:26 am Reply

    I love that your favorite cookbooks are family ones! Is there anything better than a heaping bowl of spaghetti?!

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:26 pm Reply

      Nothing is better than spaghetti and cheese 😉

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  8. Angela {Mind Over Batter} Aug 07 at 12:36 pm Reply

    This dish sounds and looks delicious!! I love cooking with my mom. It’s so great bonding over food and cooking.

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:26 pm Reply

      I grew up cooking wiht mom, so it was only appropriate to do it for this post :)

  9. Amy @ tiny farmhouse Aug 07 at 2:01 pm Reply

    How sweet is that, to cook from your mom’s cookbook! Love that you were able to do this together!

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:25 pm Reply

      It was a lot of fun!

  10. Courtney @ Neighborfood Aug 07 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Oh my word what an adorable picture! That is so great. And I agree- Mom’s recipes are the ones I go back to over and over.

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:25 pm Reply

      Nothing is better than a recipe from mom :)

  11. Mmmmmm one of my favorites!

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:23 pm Reply

      Me too…who doesn’t love cheesy pasta!

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  13. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious Aug 07 at 8:54 pm Reply

    omg that photo of you is too cute!!! I’m a big fan of that Betty Crocker cookbook too. It was the one we always went back to when I was growing up, too.

    • Elizabeth Aug 07 at 10:23 pm Reply

      It’s a great staple to keep on hand even now :)

  14. valmg @ From Val's Kitchen Aug 08 at 12:43 am Reply

    Yum! This is a favorite of mine. So tasty and so easy to make!

    • Elizabeth Aug 08 at 8:31 am Reply

      I love when recipes are simple and delicious!

  15. Rose | The Clean Dish Aug 08 at 7:55 am Reply

    That picture of you is so adorable! What a great memory to have…If my mom came to visit, we’d be making Spaghetti, too. For sure :)

    • Elizabeth Aug 08 at 8:31 am Reply

      Thanks Rose :)

  16. Renee - Kudos Kitchen Aug 08 at 11:37 am Reply

    This is my idea of comfort food. It’s looks delicious!

    • Elizabeth Sep 02 at 4:48 pm Reply

      Thanks Renee!

  17. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos Aug 08 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Looks amazing! While my two first cookbooks were by Colin Cowie and Nigella Lawson (that I bought), if I had to leave my house and could only take one cookbook – it would be my Bampa’s well worn cookbook :) Love how family cookbooks influenced you!

    • Elizabeth Sep 02 at 4:48 pm Reply

      Family cookbooks are the most influential!

  18. Connie | URBAN BAKES Aug 10 at 3:04 pm Reply

    Chicken parm has always been a family favorite. It’s quick, easy and cheesy, love it! PS: Betty helped me as well along the way of baking 😉

    • Elizabeth Sep 02 at 4:48 pm Reply

      I think everyone had a little Betty influence!

  19. Always a favorite at my house….love it with extra cheese! :-)

    • Elizabeth Sep 02 at 4:49 pm Reply

      Extra cheese is the only way to make it!

  20. Heather M Aug 10 at 8:10 pm Reply

    I love this meal. I love the story even more. Hand written cookbooks passed down would be the best!

    • Elizabeth Sep 02 at 4:49 pm Reply

      Thanks so much Heather!

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  22. Kelly @ Kelly Bakes Aug 12 at 8:30 pm Reply

    aww Betty taught me well too! So glad you shared this recipe! I have a picture of baby-me baking….I should’ve shared it with my post!

    • Elizabeth Sep 02 at 4:47 pm Reply

      I’m sure there will be other posts to share the picture :)

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