Urban Cajun Girl’s Spaghetti 

Cajun girls call this a buggy. Urban girls say cart. UCGs just roll with it.
My teenage son wanted a Cajun spaghetti, “like Gran makes.” So I asked Gran for her recipe… Well that was a little too involved for me, so I did what any Urban Cajun Girl would do… go to Whole Foods and find short cuts!

No Cajun spaghetti is complete without sausage and much to my surprise, I found USDA organic smoke sausage! Since I’m all about dump, stir and simmer… & organic food whenever possible, I was excited to find USDA Organic sauce in a jar. I am pretending it was made by a real Italian mama, filled with organic tomatoes and Italian herbs and incredible flavor.

I looked for pre-chopped onions & celery in the fresh and frozen section but no success. So chop, I must! There is still a part of me that doesn’t mind chopping onions though. I think it’s because it reminds me of my own Cajun mom who passed away when I was young. She would always hold a slice of bread in her mouth to absorb the onion fumes to keep her eyes from stinging & crying. Try it. It really works!

Confession time. I do not like to cook, so I take pride in my occassional labor of culinary love bestowed upon my family.  Another confession, I measure nothing… like my Cajun granny. I cook by site and not taste, so it is always a judgment call but fortunately it usually works out.  The bad news…there is no real recipe to give you but I am confident you can do it anyway.

Since prepping takes me an hour, we can call this homemade right?
Ingredients/Directions:

1 large organic onion, chopped; 1/3 bunch of organic celery, chopped and sauteed with 1 lb. of organic smoked sausage or andouille, sliced and halfed. Sautee until onions and celery are tender.

In a separate large and deep pot, add light coating of organic olive oil to the bottom and brown 2 lbs.of pature raised ground beef, seasoned with pink Himalayn salt, cracked mixed peppercorns, onion and garlic powder.

When both are ready, combine without draining into the largest pot. Add 3 jars of organic Italian Herb sauce, 1 1/2 whole pressed organic garlic pods, stir and simmer at 60-120 minutes. After 30 minutes it really is cooked, it’s just a matter of letting all of the flavors come together. Serve over organic noodles and with organic salad and steamed veggies.

Ca c’est bon (Sa say boh) That’s good!

XOXO, Hope Maria