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“Lazy Man” Style Spaghetti

Posted February 14, 2015 by Pat in Feature

My mother was always one to find the fastest and shortest way to do and make things. Maybe she was bored, tired of cooking, or just plain lazy! Here is a favorite dish of hers that we enjoyed eating when we were young. You can’t tell if it’s Italian or local Chinese!

Lazy Man Style Spaghetti

16 oz. spaghetti pasta

3 small cans tomato sauce

4-5 stalks celery, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 large green bell pepper (with seeds removed), chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon oregano

2 cups water

1 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

16 oz. medium cheddar cheese, cut in chunks

3  lbs. ground beef


Cook the spaghetti pasta, following directions on the  package/box. Set aside. Then prepare sauce as follows:

1. Heat large pot and brown ground beef, drain oil.

2.  Add the rest of the ingredients except cheese, bring to a boil.

3.  Simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

4.  Add cheese and mix until melted.

5.  Stir in cooked spaghetti noodles.  Serve while hot.

About the Author


Pat Pang (Nozaki) is a retired DOE secondary school teacher who taught school in Waianae for almost 40 years. She has served the community as a member of the Waianae Neighborhood Board and as a delegate to the 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention. She was raised on the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead and resided in Waianae during her years as a teacher.


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