Grumpy loves spaghetti.  He loves spaghetti with cottage cheese on the side.  Me, I never had it that way and as a kid I hated spaghetti.  So, as an adult, until about the last 3 years or so, I never wanted to eat pasta of any kind.  Then, something magical happened and I realized I LOVE pasta.  Now, I even will crave spaghetti!  However, I still don’t eat it with cottage cheese but I make sure I have it (most of the time) when I am serving it to Grumpy.  You should have heard him tonight as he was serving up his pasta dish.  “Ohh, there’s cottage cheese in the fridge.”  LOL, you would have thought he had struck gold!  Isn’t it funny the simple things that can please us?
My original plans were to make a homemade spaghetti sauce.  I came home and started it up, got as far as dumping the can of diced tomatoes in the pan with the meat and realized I may have been wrong about having tomato paste in my cupboard when I searched high and low and couldn’t find any!  So, I ended up having to improvise, and let me tell you, that improvisation turned out to be really tasty and even Grumpy commented on how good it was!
This is my post for this week’s Presto Pasta Nights where I am also the host for this week!  Presto Pasta Nights was founded by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast and is an event that has run for quite a long time now.  That means it is a fabulous event!  You still have time to participate if you want as the deadline to send me your post and photo is not until the end of the day on Thursday, August 25, 2011.  If you would like to join in, check out the link above this post for the instructions on how to participate.  Come back Friday for the round up post to see what delicious pasta meals we have all been making this week!

Doctored up Pasta Sauce with Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Printable Recipe

1 slice prosciutto, about 1/4″ thick, diced
1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 lb lean ground beef
1-28 oz can diced tomatoes
1-32 oz jar Prego Pasta Sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (according to your heat tolerance)
Whole wheat pasta, cooked according to package directions and tossed with a slight amount of olive oil after draining to prevent sticking.

Saute prosciutto until fat is rendered and meat begins to brown.  Add onion and red peppers and saute until onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes.  Add ground beef to pan and cook until no longer pink.

Add can of diced tomatoes and simmer about 5 minutes.  Add Prego sauce and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer.  Add salt, sugar and red pepper flakes.  Simmer, uncovered about 7-8 minutes to reduce liquid and thicken sauce.  Serve over pasta and enjoy!

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. bellini August 25, 2011 at 9:11 am - Reply

    When I was a kid I loved spaghetti with ketchup. Sshh but sometimes I still do.

  2. Georgia Pellegrini August 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I'm really into quinoa pasta lately… have you ever tried it?

  3. Ruth Daniels August 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    When I was a kid my mom made spaghetti with meat sauce that everyone loved… everyone but me. I preferred the greasy spoon diner version. It always annoyed her.

    Thanks for hosting Presto Pasta Nights this week. I didn't get a chance to make any myself, but I'm looking forward to the roundup.

  4. A SPICY PERSPECTIVE August 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Mmmm! Loving that thick hearty sauce!

  5. Inspired by eRecipeCards August 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Oh boy… hosting presto pasta… good for you!

    And love the sauce!

  6. Delishhh August 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    I am huge fan of past and sauce – if i could i would eat it every day 🙂 nice recipe.

  7. LaPhemmePhoodie August 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    I find some of the best things I make come out of last minute changes when you realize you don't have what you need on hand. That sauce looks very hearty and right up my alley. Too funny that the hubby likes cottage cheese with his pasta:)

  8. teresa August 26, 2011 at 1:19 am - Reply

    mmmm, that's the kind of dish i could just slurp up! delish!

  9. Coleen August 26, 2011 at 6:18 am - Reply

    This sounds excellent, we love spaghetti (and believe it or not, the side of cottage cheese sounds pretty good too!!)

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