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Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce

Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce ~ Spaghetti covered in a creamy sauce of mushrooms, ground beef, tomatoes with a hint of balsamic.Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce ~ Spaghetti covered in a creamy sauce of mushrooms, ground beef, tomatoes with a hint of balsamic ~ The Complete Savorist I started collecting recipes at around age eleven.  I don’t know if there were any cookbooks in my mom’s house, I honestly can’t remember.  But one Sunday after reading the comics, I started clipping coupons and noticed there were recipes in some of the ads/coupons. I begun cutting out any recipe that looked even remotely decent to my unsophisticated palate.  I still have some of these recipes today.  There are a staggering amount of recipes that require a can of cream of this or that.  Please, don’t get me wrong; some of my most favorite recipes call for several cream of cans.  They are part of the long list of comfort foods.  But I am happy to say my palate has evolved beyond the condensed cream of cans.

I still clip recipes, but now I have fifteen print magazine subscriptions, online newsletters, and so many more things to clip from. My single envelope to hold these recipes has grown into over a dozen three-ring binders completely organized like any cookbook would be.Why do I share this with you?  Well this recipe is one of those that once upon a time I clipped, put in my notebook, cooked, adapted, and have made my own.  I have been making this recipe for several years now, but I knew that it was a recipe that I had once clipped.  The task was formidable. I needed to find the clipped recipe and hope some kind of evidence existed to indicate where I had taken it from so I can properly cite my source.  As a person who has been in education and academia, there is nothing worse than plagiarism.

When I located the recipe in one of my notebooks, I, of course, had eliminated all evidence of where it was from.  I cut so closely around just the recipe.  But, luckily, I have been reading the same magazines for years to recognize their particular fonts and layout.  I took to the internet to verify my guess and I was right, this was taken from Real Simple Magazine.  Their recipe is delicious, but since I can’t just follow directions, I have altered it over the years and mine is delicious too. Enjoy.Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce ~ Spaghetti covered in a creamy sauce of mushrooms, ground beef, tomatoes with a hint of balsamic ~ The Complete Savorist Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce ~ Spaghetti covered in a creamy sauce of mushrooms, ground beef, tomatoes with a hint of balsamic ~ The Complete Savorist

Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound  dry spaghetti
  • tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion; diced
  • pound  button mushrooms , thinly sliced
  • cloves garlic , finely chopped
  • pound  ground beef
  • 1 14.5- ounce can diced tomatoes , undrained
  • 3/4  cup  heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp . dried marjoram
  • 1/4 cup  fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves , roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp . balsamic vinaigrette
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
  2. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.
  3. While the pasta cooks, brown the ground beef in a large pan.
  4. Season it with salt and pepper.
  5. Drain any rendered fat and place the beef in a bowl, set aside.
  6. Heat the oil in the same pan over medium heat.
  7. Add the onions and cook for two minutes then add the mushrooms and garlic, cook for an additional five minutes.
  8. Return the beef to the pan and mix well.
  9. Add most of the parsley (reserving a small amount as a garnish) and marjoram.
  10. Add the tomatoes and cook for another minute.
  11. Reduce heat to low.
  12. Add the balsamic vinaigrette and the cream; mix well.
  13. Toss with pasta and garnish with Parmesan cheese and the remaining parsley.
Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce ~ Spaghetti covered in a creamy sauce of mushrooms, ground beef, tomatoes with a hint of balsamic ~ The Complete Savorist Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce ~ Spaghetti covered in a creamy sauce of mushrooms, ground beef, tomatoes with a hint of balsamic ~ The Complete Savorist Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce ~ Spaghetti covered in a creamy sauce of mushrooms, ground beef, tomatoes with a hint of balsamic ~ The Complete Savorist
 My Spaghetti with Creamy Mushroom, Beef, & Balsamic Sauce was inspired by: Real Simple’s Spaghetti with Beef Mushroom Sauce

Thank you for sharing!

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Lynne
    July 28, 2014 at 7:30 am

    This sounds delicious, a bit like a stroganoff

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Lynne, think of it as an italian version of stroganoff. 🙂

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    Lori
    July 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I love this!!!! I have most all of the ingredients in my pantry all the time, the only thing I would have to make sure I had Is the ground beef and the heavy cream, but I bet you can also use half and half and still get a fairly same result. I love mushrooms and they are especially good for women for fighting breast cancer so I try to eat them almost every single day. I will definitely be making this very soon!!

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      Michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Lori, yes, half and half would work well. I did not know that about mushrooms, another reason to love them. Best wishes to you.

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        Lori
        July 28, 2014 at 5:05 pm

        Looks so yummy, I am making it tomorrow night!!! Best wishes to you as well, love your blog!! Your writing is exceptional, flows beautifully!

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    Rachel
    July 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I make spaghetti all the time, I’l have to try this take on it though because it sounds and looks delicious!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Rachel, it is really decadent with the cream. It’s fantastic!

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    Kim
    July 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    This looks delicious. I could easily make a vegetarian version by doubling the mushrooms.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Kim, easily this could be turned vegetarian. More mushrooms is never, ever a bad thing.

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    thelesleyshow
    July 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    This looks delicious, I love mushrooms like I love my kids, they are insanely amazing. I also love what you’ve done with this Weebly blog.

    • Reply
      michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you Lesley. I love my little blog. It’s been fun and I understand the love for mushrooms.

  • Reply
    Chrissy
    July 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    That sounds and looks amazing!

  • Reply
    Betty
    July 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    This looks so good, I am going to have to try it.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you Betty. 😉 You will love it.

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    Melissa
    July 28, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    This. Looks. Heavenly. It sooo feeds my pasta addiction!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Oh Melissa, I know that addiction well.

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    Azirkah
    July 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Hi there… How much onion? It’s mentioned in the method but is not in the ingredient list. I would guess 1 small yellow, 1/4 inch diced, but if you could clarify that would be great. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Azirkah, thank you for catching that. It’s 1/2 of one medium yellow onion; diced, I shall fix that straight away.

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        Azirkah
        July 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

        Excellent, thanks for the quick reply! =)

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    Cindy Gordon
    July 29, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I am passing this along to my MIL. She will love this dish. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you Cindy. Hope she loves it. I certainly did! Even my “I hate mushrooms” 4 year old enjoyed it.

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    Amber Nelson
    July 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Now that spaghetti looks very fancy. And delicious! Would love to try it.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      July 30, 2014 at 1:25 am

      Amber, it looks fancy, which usually means hard to make, but it is really quick and simple. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Reply
    Erren
    July 30, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Looks fantastic and the photos are amazing!

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    Amands
    August 14, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I made this tonight and followed the recipe exactly. It was SO good! Even our 2-yr-old daughter ate it, and she doesn’t usually like tomatoes and mushrooms. I did cut the mushrooms a little smaller. I used ditalini pasta which made it easier to eat. Thanks for the recipe; it will be repeated for sure!

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      Michelle
      August 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you Amanda. I am so happy to hear that your pickiest of eaters enjoyed it. I don’t think I could cut mushrooms small enough to hide from my 4-year old.

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    Apostille Pasadena
    December 21, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    This looks delicious. I want to try to make this soon.

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    Jenn
    August 9, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Hi! I just want to make sure….this is balsamic vinegarette, like the salad dressing, and not balsalmic vinegar, right?

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      August 9, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Yes, a vinaigrette not straight balsamic. That would be incredibly overwhelming.

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