Ready For Spaghetti?
On top of spaghetti all covered with cheese.
I lost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table, it rolled on the floor,
And then my poor meatball rolled out of the door.
It rolled in the garden and under a bush,
And then my poor meatball was nothing but mush.
The mush was as tasty as tasty could be,
And early next summer it grew to a tree.
The tree was all covered with beautiful moss.
It grew great big meatballs and tomato sauce.
So if you eat spaghetti all covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball and don’t ever sneeze.
~ Tom Glazer
Sung to the tune of “On Top Of Old Smoky,”On Top Of Spaghetti” was one of my favorite childhood songs. This dish brings back a lot of the tastes of the 70s and is the first from Mom’s recipe book that calls for Velveeta. And we all know about Velveeta; Velveeta is to the 1970s as this dish is to my belly!
I haven’t cooked chicken on the bone in years (I’m weird that way). Luckily I had some help in the kitchen from “Blademaster Joe” as my chicken “boning” skills are weaker than a wet noodle.
5 pounds | whole chicken (on the bone)
1 large | onion, chopped in large chunks
3 | carrots, chopped in large chunks
2 stalks | celery, chopped in large chunks
1 tablespoon | peppercorns
2 cloves | garlic, chopped
2 | bay leaves
2 teaspoons | salt
5 pounds | chicken (seasoned, boned and chopped per “step i”)
3 stalks | celery, chopped
1 | green pepper, chopped
2 large | onions chopped
2 teaspoons | garlic juice
4 ounce can | mushrooms
10 ounces | spaghetti, broken
16 ounce can | tomatoes, diced and drained
2 tablespoons | ripe olives, chopped
1 can | cream of mushroom soup
to taste | salt
to taste | pepper
to taste | paprika
dash | worcestershire sauce
1 pound | velveeta cheese, grated
iii. what to do
1. Wash chicken well. Place all ingredients in large pot. Cover with water.
2. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Set lid at angle so steam can escape from pot. Lower heat to gentle boil and cook for up to 1.5 hours. Add more water if needed.
3. When meat is falling off the bone, remove from heat. Remove chicken from broth, save broth and let chicken cool. Once cool, remove skin and bones and discard. Chop meat, place into large bowl and set aside.
1. Strain broth using a cheesecloth or sieve. Discard seasonings (onions, carrots, celery, etc.).
2. Measure one quart of the chicken broth back into pan. To broth add the chopped celery, green pepper, onions, garlic juice and mushrooms.
3. Bring to a simmer and add spaghetti. Cook until spaghetti is done and almost all liquid is absorbed.
4. Add tomatoes, olives, soup, salt, pepper, paprika and mix well.
5. To chicken, add worcestershire and Velveeta and mix well. Then add chicken mixture to spaghetti.
Serves: Up to 12
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Who is “Elizabeth Seale”
Sadly, I don’t know who Elizabeth Seale is. I did some online searching and no luck. She must have been a passionate foodie because she had pre-printed recipe cards with her name on them (see below). Personalized recipe cards were surely a rare thing back in the day! When scanning the card, I noticed a small imprint on the back that reads “Walter Drake & Sons., Inc. Made in U.S.A.” I’m writing the folks at Walter Drake to see if they can give me an approximate year for when the cards may have been sold. I know it was 1947 or later as 1947 is the year that Walter Drake was created.
After reading the recipe card a little further, I noticed Elizabeth was using keywords (today known as #hashtags) in her recipe. See her underlined words below for yourself: Simmer. Bone. Chop. Measure. Add. Simmer. Cook. Add. Mix. Add. #gofigure!
One my most favorite dishes is any meal that includes pasta. I’m a sucker for carbs and savory, so this dish hits the spot. Toss-in eggs, butter, cream, cheese and bacon and I get weak in the knees.
What’s interesting is that as I looked closer at mom’s original recipe clipping (below,) I noticed it was from the March 1976 issue of “Apartment Life” magazine.
A few clicks online and I found a picture of the magazine (below) on eBay that was selling at $12.99 ($12.04 above it’s original cover price of $.95). Since we lived in a house at the time, I thought it was odd that mom subscribed to an apartment themed magazine but then I remembered that when I was a baby, our house at 2927 Trailend suffered from an electrical fire and burned to the ground.
I don’t remember the fiery ordeal since I was still living in a crib, but we Kikers put up a fight… we all survived and my parents moved to the 1965 built El Chaparral apartments while our house was rebuilt. I suppose mom kept the subscription when we moved back home because of the lifestyle content (that and how to make life better, like with a “sausage bolster,” shown below). Hah!
There on the pic of the original cover I spotted the headline “The Short-Order Gourmet: Quick and classy dinners for a pair or a party.” I was able to confirm the cover’s ’70s-esque couple on another recipe that mom clipped along with the spaghetti carbonara recipe.
Just call me online digital sleuth (a.k.a. cyber stalker). I can usually research and find anything online.
Carbonara hails from Italy around the 1950s, although the exact story about its creation varies widely, according to this wiki post. Regardless, this is a tasty Italian home-cooked dish (the first I can remember), and you’ll love it, too!
Mangia! Mangia! (Italian for let’s eat!)
½ pound | vermicelli spaghetti
2 | cage free egg yolks
¼ cup | parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons | romano cheese (or more parmesan), grated
to taste | ground black pepper
¼ pound | lean bacon, diced (or ¼ pound prosciutto)
1 tablespoon | soft unsalted falfurrias brand butter (per Nanny)
¼ cup | heavy cream
garnish | romano cheese, grated
ii. what to do
1. Start the spaghetti by bringing water to a boil in a medium-large stock pot. Drop spaghetti into the boiling water and cook according to directions.
2. Lightly beat the eggs, cheesees and pepper. Set aside.
3. In a large frying pan, saute the bacon (or prosciutto) just short of crisp. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat. Keep warm in pan.
4. When the spaghetti is just firm, drain it and ross with bacon in the frying pan or a large serving bowl.
5. Quickly add the butter, cream and the egg and cheese mixture, tossing constantly.
6. Garnish with some of the romano cheese and serve immediately; it’s best enjoyed when it’s very hot (“molto caldo” in Italian).
Serves: Due (2)
Foodie Tip ~
♥ My favorite long cut dried pasta is a traditional Italian spaghetti named “Pastificio Lucio Garofalo.” It’s made in Napoli (Naples) and is crafted 2 feet long and cooks in just 11 minutes. This pasta means business; it’s birthed with an expiration date and comes in a set of two wrapped in a purpled-colored eco-friendly paper, perfect for gift-giving. I found my pasta at my local Dallas Italian Market… Jimmy’s Food Store.
♥ Serve with a Texas toast side kick… or go totally Italian and whip up a batch of garlic and herb bread from Giada.
♥ I really like a lot of creamy sauce on my pasta, so if you agree, double-up on all ingredients (except the pasta).