Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boys' Night In: Thatboy's Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Shortly after we were married, I went for a run and sprained my ankle.  As I sat on our couch, my foot elevated and iced, Thatboy offered to make dinner for the two of us.  

Now, Thatboy does not cook.  Thatboy has trouble making those frozen meals in a bag.  You know the ones where you dump the entire thing in a skillet and just cook until it is hot enough to eat?  So you can imagine I was a little skeptical of his offer.

He was so proud of himself as he set the plates in front of us - spaghetti in a meat sauce.  He did it himself!  The noodles!  The sauce!  It wasn't a complicated recipe.  In fact, it doesn't get much more basic.  But the fact that he had come up with it himself, and carried it through, made it an extra special dish.

Last week I went out with the girls for some drinks and conversation, leaving the boys to fend for themselves for dinner.

Leaving Thatboy in charge of dinner often results in the boys having Chipotle for dinner  (which I guess I should be thankful for, because it's a step up from the Taco Bell Thatboy would eat before we had a kid).  But sometimes, Thatboy pulls one out of his back pocket.  Like the re-emergence of his famous spaghetti with meat sauce.  And because Thatboy doesn't do measuring, there was plenty leftover for weekend lunches.

Thatboy's Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
1 box of spaghetti
1lb ground turkey
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
parmesean cheese
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. While spaghetti is cooking, brown the ground turkey in a saucepan .
  3. Add the marinara sauce to the turkey and cook until the sauce is heated through.
  4. Add sriracha to taste.
  5. Drain the spaghetti and add to the sauce, tossing to coat.
  6. Serve with lots of parmesean cheese.


  1. I love that he adds sriracha into the mix. Classy delicious.

  2. Awesome dinner for the two boys...Hope you enjoyed your evening out with the girls.