Cowboy Spaghetti

Cowboy Spaghetti is an awesome twist on a family classic, loaded up with bacon and cheddar cheese.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (or more if you're into that sort of thing)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 500 grams tomato sauce or pasata
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar


  1. Put a large pot of water over high heat to boil. Don't forget to put a lid on it, or it will take forever. When the water boils, add salt and spaghetti, stirring occasionally.Cook according to package instructions, but check it a minute early to make sure your pasta isn't overcooked.
  2. In the mean time, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cut your bacon with scissors right into the pan. Cook to desired level of crispness (the correct answer is very crisp). Remove the bacon to a paper towel lined plate and pour off some of the fat, leaving enough to coat the pan.
  3. Add your ground beef to the pan to brown. Season with salt and pepper. Depending on how lean your beef is, you may want to drain the fat off before proceeding.
  4. Add the white part of your green onions (save the green tops for later) and garlic to your ground beef and then season with hot sauce and Worcestershire. Add the beer and scrape up any bits that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in tomatoes and sauce. Bring everything back up to a simmer and check for seasonings. This is usually where I add more hot sauce. Simmer for about five minutes to allow the sauce to thicken a bit and for all the flavors to marry.
  6. After you drain your pasta, put it back in the pot, then pour the sauce over the spaghetti and stir to combine.
  7. Top your bowl or plate of spaghetti with plenty of cheddar cheese, a sprinkling of crunchy bacon, and the green tops of your green onions.


Keywords: Spaghetti, Bacon, Tomato Sauce

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