1940s Southern Spaghetti Recipe Historical Cooking Old Cookbook Show

1940s Southern Spaghetti Recipe – Old Cookbook Show – Glen And Friends Cooking
This recipe comes from a late 1930s or early 1940 – 1942 cookbook published in the American South. Titled ‘Southern Spaghetti’ it has garnered a lot of email and comments (most of them deleted because of the profanity) that always start with some form of “I’m from the SOUTH and this is not Southern Spaghetti!!!”. Ok I get it this may not be a recipe that your family makes today… but in the 100s of historical cookbooks I own from the American South; this is a recipe that appears over and over, almost always made the same way as this one. These are recipe books stretching back to the early 1800s – so historically this must have been one of the ways that spaghetti was eaten in the ‘South’. What many people fail to realise is that cooking changes, and the pace of that change has only accelerated since the 1950s. Many of the recipes that we think of as Traditional would be unrecognisable to our Great Grandparents.

½ lb spaghetti
½ lb bacon, diced
3 onions, sliced
1 ½ lbs chopped raw beef
2 green peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
½ can kidney beans
½ can peas
½ can tomatoes
½ lb cheese chopped
½ can mushrooms, fresh or dried
Salt and Pepper
Boil the spaghetti. Place bacon in skillet, fry out fat, add onions, and fry to a golden brown. Add meat and vegetables and simmer a few minutes. Cover bottom of buttered baking dish with a layer of the boiled spaghetti, cover with a layer of the prepared mixture, repeat, having the last layer spaghetti, sprinkled with a little cheese. Bake in a slow oven about two hours.

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