Here’s Phil’s version of fast food:
1 pound ground beef + 1 onion + 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes + 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce + 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
(And maybe some garlic, mushrooms, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, even a splash of Balsamic vinegar.) Start the spaghetti water. Heat olive oil in a deep skillet and saute the chopped onion and fresh sliced mushrooms with the herbs and spices until the onion is clear and softening (5-7 minutes). Add chopped garlic for 2 minutes. Push it all to the side of the skillet and brown the ground beef (add more oil if necessary), then add the tomatoes, sauce, and paste. Bring to a simmer, taste for spices, adjust if necessary. Done. (I embellished a bit. It isn’t quite as simple as it was described. –Ed.)
The kids love spaghetti night.