mom’s spaghet

I can safely say that when my siblings, myself included, moved out of the house the one thing we all missed was eating my mom’s spaghetti.  It was a sauceless pasta, though chock full of flavor from bacon, lap cheong (Chinese smoked sausage), onion, stewed tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese, served with a few slices of Grace Pastries’ famous garlic bread. Whenever she knew her kids were coming over to visit, she’d whip out her large orange stew pot, cook it all afternoon and have a plate of “spaghet” (she liked to shorten words such as, “Hiya Nellie, how’s the weather in Frisco?”) ready for us that evening.  If there was any leftover, we’d look forward to a spaghetti breakfast because this dish only got better the next day.

Unfortunately, her recipe was never officially written down.  I have notes she once scribbled on an aging piece of paper but I know it is incomplete and not quite exact so I attempted to conjure up some old taste bud memories and recreate a favorite childhood dish.

ingredients all Kraft Parmesan cheese

Box of spaghetti

Stewed tomatoes

Monterey Jack cheese

Homemade bacon (thanks, Howard!)

Lap cheong (Chinese sausage)


Not pictured:  Togarashi, dried Italian herbs, salt, pepper

lap cheong


I have never cooked with lap cheong before (and due to it’s extremely high fat content, may never again) but it was easy to incorporate and a beautiful, albeit unctuous, piece of meat.




While all the ingredients were stewing, I churned some cream and made butter for the garlic bread.

If you’ve never done this, it is SUPER easy and worth the price of a small carton of top quality heavy cream.



Mom would have been 92 years old last Thursday.  During the latter part of her life, while she couldn’t remember how to make her infamous “spaghet”, she did know she used to fill the kitchen with joy every time she made it.

The final product was pretty damn close to what I remember it to be, but it was still missing something.  A dash of garlic salt?  Maybe.  A few shakes of Worcester sauce?  Possibly.  A cup of motherly love?  Most definitely.

mom spaghetti bowl

3 Comments on “mom’s spaghet”

  1. Mike McMackin May 4, 2014 at 11:54 #

    I’d like to give this a try. I’ve never had the lap cheong or made home butter. I’ll tuck this receipy away for a special comfy dinner. It’s sounds like my kind of breakfast too!

  2. Roberta Araki April 27, 2015 at 7:22 #

    Genelle, I remember eating this once when Tina and I were at your house. I thought it tasted so good because she fried it in a cast iron pan. Am i mixing this up with something else?

    • gfork April 27, 2015 at 19:48 #

      Good memory, Roberta! She used to make her spaghetti in a large pot, but would use the cast iron to reheat it which IMHO, always tasted better the next day. I vaguely remember Bachan making a similar spaghetti, too.

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