Sunday, March 21, 2010

MSM ~ Spaghetti Bolognese in my NEW Calphalon (CSN Review)

As you all know I love to cook, but one thing that is hard is I've never had a really nice BIG pot that I can cook with. Usually I have to use two of my big (which you'll see below my big pot vs the new pot) just to make one meal, it's so frustrating! You can't believe how loud I squealed when CSN asked me to do a review! I was over joyed to have the opportunity. They have over 200 stores to check out everything from Lighting to bar stools to Mailboxes, but of course I went for the Calphalon Contemporary Stainless Steel 8 Quart Multi Pot. Rick actually let out a sigh of relief that I had one now, I've been bugging him for one for a long time. Every time we look in the stores they were so out of the budget, I should have checked CSN this amazing pot regular $142.95 is on sale for get this $99.95. That is a freaking awesome deal of 30% off ($43.00).
Check out my old largest pot
Caden had to show you how the kids get into testing products also!
Yes at one point we got stuck and then we were ok! LOL
So now it's time to show off my new pot in action!! I'm all about showing a product in my real life! I found a great recipe I've been dying to show off but usually it's a little tight in my old large pot. I felt like I was back in my mothers kitchen when I was young. She has (and still does) the best kitchen tools and she'd use her large pot all the time for soups, and other amazing smelling things! I know I'm a little nutty but as you know I'm that emotional crazy person that has to gets wrapped up with everything even cooking!

This pot was amazing and so easy to work with, it was the perfect size not too large (I'm short and didn't need to break out a stool). The meal turned out wonderful I had enough to share with the daycare lady. The only side note I would add is do the bacon separately it wasn't crispy like I would like.

Alexis Notes:
Make bacon crispy before adding to veggies. I also used whole wheat spaghetti, that no one noticed the difference. (Thank you also to Relish! for another great recipe)

Spaghetti Bolognese
2tablespoons butter
1/2yellow onion , chopped
2teaspoons garlic, minced
2stalks celery, chopped
2carrots , peeled and diced
6bacon slices, cut into 1-inch pieces
1pound ground beef
1teaspoon dried oregano
1cup red wine
128-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, undrained
10ounces spaghetti
1/4cup Parmesan cheese, grated

[1] Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, celery and carrot(s) and cook, stirring over low heat for 5 minutes.

[2] Increase the heat to medium-high and add the bacon pieces. beef and oregano and cook for 4-5 minutes or until browned. Drain any excess fat.

[3] Pour in the wine, reduce the heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until absorbed. Add the tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

[4] Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until cooked through but still firm to the bite. Drain and return to the pot. Serve the pasta with the sauce and Parmesan.

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  1. Cool pot! I need a good pasta pot. And I can't wait to try that recipe...thanks for sharing! If you want to get something else from CSN, I'm running a giveaway right now...who knows? you might win!

  2. Man, CSN is really busy with giveaways and reviews. They contacted me last week to do a giveaway so keep your eyes peeled and you may win something on my site too :)
    I'm so jealous of your pot! It's a beauty and so is that yummy looking food.

  3. What a neat pot! It's HUGE!

    And the recipe looks delicious! I actually have a spaghetti recipe up for MSM today too! :-)

  4. I just did a teaser post and I am going to do a review for this company as soon as Emma arrives at my house. Great post the meal looks wonderful but you know why I won't eat it.. Have a wonderful Monday my friend.

  5. great looking pots.. i need some new awesome pots..

    this recipe looks wonderful!

  6. awesome! doesn't it make so much easier when you have nice tools to work with?! I am jealous! Love Calphalon!

  7. Great pot! wonderful size to have in your pot pile.

  8. Nice pot girlie, and yummy food as always :)

  9. Yum! I was looking for a pasta dish for this week. I believe I will try this out. What could I substitute for the red wine?? Love the pot!!

  10. Love the pot. Also enjoy Caden with the box, he is too cute.
    Looks like dinner was delicious.

  11. My cookware is Calphalon too! Don'tcha just love 'em!?! Spaghetti sauce looks DELISH! I'd actually make it IF I hadn't already made and frozen two bags of it! LOL Oh well, yet another to save and try (yours is much more delish looking than mine!) :)

  12. spag bol is one of my fav dishes in the world, mmmmm thanks and take care of those shiny pots lol

  13. That looks yummy! I've got to get back on the Relish bandwagon.

  14. This recipe is very similar to the one I make, but I have never tried bacon in mine... I'll have to try that next time. It sounds delicious! Thanks for the tip.
    I LOVE your new pot!! I have one that size and use it all the time, isn't it fabulous??


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