cowboy spaghetti with beer, cheddar and hot sauce

So, technically this is cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta. But it doesn't matter because it's sinfully good for dinner. Or lunch.

"Cowboy" for the Worcestershire and hot sauces, beer, bacon and cheddar, garlic and onions, this pasta dish is uniquely westerny-Italian. My sister-in-law and I have loved this recipe for years, though we both didn't know quite what to think at first. If I could offer advice, it would be to try it on a night when you want something satisfying and different. And make a big fat salad to go with it so it doesn't count.

And per the name, this is a cowboy-sized portion. But, it made for a better picture.

 Cowboy Spaghetti
(Courtesy Rachel Ray)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 3-4 slices smoky bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, eyeball it
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 (14-ounce) can, chopped or crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounces) can, tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces sharp Cheddar
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • Salt, pepper and "spicy flakes" (the term for crushed red pepper given by the hubs)
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