Spaghetti Con Carne

    40 minutes

    Like a cross between chili con carne and spaghetti bolognese, this is a very easy and fast microwaveable one-pot meal.

    9 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 500g beef mince
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons chilli powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, divided
    • 810g canned crushed tomatoes
    • 170g tomato paste
    • 2/3 cup (170ml) water
    • 250g spaghetti, broken into 5cm pieces
    • 400g canned red kidney beans, drained
    • 1 cup (125g) grated cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup (250ml) sour cream

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:5min cooling  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Crumble the mince into a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook for 3 minutes on high; drain fat and stir in onion, chilli powder, basil, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, tomatoes and tomato paste. Add the water. Cover bowl with cling wrap and microwave on high for 10 minutes.
    2. Stir broken spaghetti into meat mixture; re-cover with cling wrap and microwave on high for 6 minutes. Stir, re-cover and microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes, or until spaghetti is tender. Stir in beans, re-cover and let stand 5 minutes.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine cheese, sour cream and remaining 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Microwave on medium-high for 2 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve over spaghetti mixture.

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    This was fast and good, but I doubled the spices and added a tblspoon of cocoa powder to make it a little more Cincinnati Chili style. Also did it on the stovetop just as quickly.  -  07 Aug 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is so quick and easy. I made it a bit more "mexican" by substituting rotell for the crushed tomatoes and black beans for kidney beans...yummy!  -  10 Jul 2009  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Good, good stuff! I was going to make just regular old spaghetti, then decided last minute I wanted spaghetti with a test, so I found this! I want to stress that I DID NOT make this in the microwave, though I suppose it would be okay. I just thought it would taste better after simmering on the stove for awhile. The only change I made was using ground turkey rather than ground beef. Oh, and the not leave off the sauce. The sauce makes this, in my opinion. Yum, yum, yum!  -  14 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)