I have always wanted to make this Panhandler Spaghetti brought to us from one of my favorite outdoor cooks, Phyllis Speer. If you have a few minutes check out the 'Cooking on the Wild Side' videos from the PBS affiliate AETN. Leave it to the state of Arkansas to not only make the dutch oven the official state cooking vessel but to also have an outdoor cooking show on public television.
This is a very good camping, all in one pot, meaty pasta casserole that kids will love. The original recipe calls for 4 bouillon cubes, I only added 2 because I was watching the amount of salt. In my 10 inch deep oven, the spaghetti cooked for a total of 45 minutes with 10 coals around the base of the oven and 22 on the lid. After 20 minutes, give it a stir, the spaghetti needs to be totally submerged in the sauce to cook properly. Also, after you sauté the beef and vegetables over a full compliment of coals, remove the center briquettes from the base of the oven to prevent your sauce from burning.
Jettie Mae's Panhandler Spaghetti
1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 15.25 oz can whole kernel corn, undrained
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 4 oz can mushrooms, undrained
2 beef bouillon cubes
10 oz uncooked spaghetti (about 2/3 of a 1 lb package)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 8 oz package grated Cheddar cheese, divided
2 Tblsp cooking oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
Over a full compliment of coals, brown beef in cooking oil.
Add onions and peppers and cook until softened.
Move bottom coals to a ring around base of the oven.
Add corn, tomatoes, mushrooms, bouillon cubes, Italian seasoning, one cup of cheese and salt and pepper.
Stir until well combined.
Break spaghetti into fourths and add to tomato mixture.
Mix well until most of the spaghetti is submerged in the liquid.
Bake at 350 degrees, stirring halfway, for 35-40 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese.
Bake for 5-10 more minutes or until cheese has melted.
Makes 6-8 servings.
|Brown beef with onion and green pepper|
until pasta is tender
cooking until cheese has melted