Maple Syrup Spaghetti for #SundaySupper

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oHappy Sunday everyone!!! It’s so exciting to be hosting this weeks #SundaySupper event! I’ve come to realize over the years that family is family however they don’t have to be blood to be family. I have best friends who have been a part of my ups and downs and have celebrated such amazing milestones with my husband and I, I have friends I’ve met since I’ve had children, and for the past two years I’ve found some pretty amazing friends through the blogging world, foodie friends are friends that just “get me”. So I’m honored to be around the table this week hosting recipes inspired by our favorite holiday movie and/or songs! How fun huh!

I have to be honest, for a better part of eight years the holidays were lost to me. I lost my dad at 22 and I never thought my holidays would ever be the same, and they weren’t. However over the years as I healed and the void in my heart from losing him was filled, I slowly looked forward to the holidays again. Since having my daughter three years ago, each year just gets more and more exciting! This year I have a new home to celebrate in, new traditions have started and my sweet baby boy will have his very first Christmas.

Growing up my sister and I watched Rudolph every year together, I didn’t realize until I watched it with my daughter lastchristmas story week that I could probably recite it word for word. I forgot about the very important lesson that Santa, all the elves, and the reindeers learnt during that movie. How it’s OK to be different and we should love people for who they are. That’s something I want my children to learn. So fast forward a decade and my sister and I would enjoy the Christmas Story every Thanksgiving night as it played over and over again for 24 hours straight. We’d laugh at the style of the 80’s as we grew up in them, we’d site our favorite parts and we’d laugh until we couldn’t laugh anymore when Ralph got his tongue stuck to the flag pole! Fast forward another decade and as we decorated the Christmas tree we would laugh yet again at the movie “Elf”. My cousin, myself and my sister quote this movie all year round and randomly on any given night I’ll send my cousin a text quoting a part of the movie to give her a giggle.

So the recipe I was going to make was going to have to be from one of those three movies. I immediately texted my sister and cousin and asked them for advice……..what can I make? Give me some idea’s. So this one is for my cousin who loves Christmas probably more than I do, who stood by me at my wedding, and who is so so good to my kiddo’s! Love you Melinda Sue Who!! As Buddy the Elf says, “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and ……………syrup.” Yup I said Syrup.

Maple Syrup Spaghetti

ELFMaple Syrup Spaghetti

Dish Inspired by: Kitchen Concoctions
Serves: 4-6


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce (I chose one seasoned with roasted peppers & garlic)
2 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3-5 tablespoons light maple syrup (use your own judgement I used 4)

What to do:

Saute the diced onion in olive oil over medium heat in a large pan for 3-5 min. Add in garlic, stirring to combine. Add in tomato paste and stir to combine.

Add in diced tomatoes. Using a hand masher mash the diced tomatoes to the consistency that you like.

Add the rest of the ingredients accept the maple syrup and stir to combine. Lastly add in the syrup to your liking, turn to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add more paste if you want a thicker consistency.

Maple Syrup Spaghetti

Maple Syrup Spahgetti

Now it’s time to go and see everyone else’s recipes inspired from favorite holiday movies and music! Check out the imagination on some of these. Pour a cup of coffee, hot cocoa or glass of wine and join us for some giggles and of course some pretty great recipes! Thank you #SundaySupper team for allowing me to host this shin dig! Oh here is my little taste tester, can’t forget this sweet girl. Apparently she is in agreement with buddy the Elf about the four food groups!! She loved it!

Maple Syrup Spaghetti

Party Appetizers & Snacks:

Oven-Roasted Applesauce Scented with Rosemary & Vanilla-Inspired by the song
“Christmas in the Trenches”Shockingly Delicious
Roasted Chestnuts Inspired by the movie “The Christmas Song”Food Lust People Love
A Popcorn Trio
Inspired by the song “Let it Snow” Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
Chai Tea Abominable Snow Buddies
Inspired by the movie “Rudolph”Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Raisin Bran Muffins for a Crowd
Inspired by the movie
“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Icicle Candy and Reindeer Snacks Inspired by the movie “Snow”Treats & Trinkets
A Christmas Carol Plum Pudding
Inspired by the movie “A Christmas Carol”No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Yukon Mashed Potato Cakes
Inspired by the movie “Rudolph” Cookin’ Mimi
Christmas Pudding
Inspired by the song “Over the River and Through the Woods” A Kitchen Hoor
Pumpkin Pudding
Inspired by the movie “Nightmare Before Christmas” Basic N Delicious
Elf-Inspired Christmas “Grams”
Inspired by the movie “Elf” MarocMama
Inspired by the movie “The Nutcracker”Happy Baking Days
Chai Spiced Roasted Nuts
Inspired by the song “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” – Take A Bite Out of Boca

Festive Main Dishes

Maple Syrup Spaghetti– Inspired by the movie “Elf”- Momma’s Meals
Who Hash Inspired by the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”girlichef
Ginger Orange Glazed Cornish Hens Inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas”Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
NY Hot Dog with Sabrett-style Onion Sauce Inspired by the movie “Die Hard” Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Classic Caesar Salad Inspired by the movie “The Santa Clause”The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Individuals Meatloaves & Horseradish Mashed Potatoes for Mommy’s Little Piggies – Inspired by the movie
“A Christmas Story”The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Christmas Waffles Inspired by the TV special “A Claymation Christmas Celebration”Curious Cuisiniere
Filthy Animal Pizza
Inspired by the movie “Home Alone”Foxes Love Lemons
Chicken Orzo Soup
Inspired by the song “12 Days of Christmas” Family Foodie
Brandied Candied Sweet Potatoes
Inspired by the song “Christmas Is The Time To Say ‘I Love You’ ” –
Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Sweet Holiday Treats:

Gin and Tonic Cupcakes Inspired by Adam Sandler’s ” The Chanukah Song” The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars Inspired by the movie “Love Actually”Magnolia Days
Gingerbread Marshmallows Inspired by the song “Marshmallow World”Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies Inspired by the movie “The Gremlins”Killer Bunnies, Inc
White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge Inspired by the song “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”Alida’s Kitchen
Snowball Cookies – Inspired by the movie “White Christmas”The Foodie Army Wife
Penuche Fudge
Inspired by the movie “Elf” Pies and Plots
Hot Chocolate Cookies
Inspired by the movie “Santa Clause” Mess Makes Food
South Pacific Coconut Tres Leche Cake
Inspired by the movie “South Pacific”The Ninja Baker
Cookies & Cream Fudge
Inspired by the movie “Elf”The Messy Baker

Cozy Drinks:

Toasted Coconut Hot Cocoa Inspired by the song “Let It Snow”Chocolate Moosey
The Christmas Gram Inspired by the movie “Elf”An Appealing Plan
Eggnog Hot Chocolate Inspired by the movie “National Lampoons Christmas Vacation” Peanut Butter and Peppers
Vermont Hot Cocoa
Inspired by the movie “White Christmas”Kudos Kitchen By Renee
Spiked Hot Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Floats
Inspired by the song “Holly Jolly Christmas “NeighborFood

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32 thoughts on “Maple Syrup Spaghetti for #SundaySupper

  1. Love your cousin’s elf definition of the 4 basic food groups, Tammi. And very much appreciated your heartfelt experience of finding family everywhere =) Thank you for all your work on this wonderful event!

  2. I made spaghetti for dinner last night…and I always add a big spoonful of sugar, so maple syrup isn’t too far fetched 🙂 I had to poll my kids for ideas for this post…so glad I wasn’t the only one needing assistance. Merry Christmas!

  3. Great article, so glad to see that you all got lots out of our family traditions. Now you can all pass some of them on to your own children, and start some of your own. Going to try my sauce today. Thanks,

  4. I need that little taste tester to come over to my house. What a fun recipe!!!
    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. Enjoy those little cuties. Thank you for hosting this week’s event! I am so glad you are part of our #SundaySupper family.

  5. Every time I see that movie I cringe at the idea of syrup with my spaghetti but seeing your version makes it sound not that bad. Maybe one day I will be brave enough to try it.

  6. When I make spaghetti sauce, I always add a little sugar, as taught to me by an Italian grandmother (not my own) because she says it helps counterbalance the acidity of the tomato sauce. Next time I am definitely going to follow your lead and add maple syrup instead. Why not add more flavor along with the sweetness! You are so smart!

    Thanks so much for hosting this fun event, Tammi!

  7. My mom always added a bit of sugar to her spaghetti sauce to balance out the acidity, so I bet the maple syrup tastes great in there and gives more depth of flavors! Thanks for being a great host this week.

  8. I’ve heard of adding sugar to some tomato sauces to help with the acidic level. I never thought about maple syrup. Very interesting.

  9. Christmas Story is my favorite holiday movie, and the best memories are watching it with my kids! Thanks for hosting this week and your great recipe. I must confess it’s the one recipes I struggled with this week – wine pairing wise…Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  10. I love Elf and this is such an inspired dish from that movie! What a sweet little taste tester you have 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  11. I’m sorry you lost your dad so young. I think the holidays can be a tough time of year, but making new traditions definitely helps.

    I couldn’t wait to see your recipe to see how you’d make maple syrup spaghetti. I saw Elf the Musical and one of the actors was on our local news. He said every night he actually eats plain spaghetti with maple syrup all over it. He brought some for the news anchors to try too.

    1. Thanks Laura,
      The new traditions help a lot, though I wish my dad were here to celebrate with us, I see little glimpses of him in my children now!

      It really does add a good sweetness to the sauce, my mom always made hers with a little sugar so I liked this version a lot!

  12. You taste tester is adorable! I gave up on Christmas when my mom died but have recently been putting little bits back into my life. *huggs*

    1. Sorry about your mom Shannon. I used to curse at people that said time heals all pain, but it really does. Keep adding small things it’ll help!

  13. This was high on my list but I kept trying to think of a way to make food that looks like maple syrup spaghetti without actually being it! I never would have thought of this – glad you took it on instead of me!

    1. Everything I found was actual maple syrup with spaghetti and I don’t even like maple syrup all that much so when I found this recipe I knew it was going to be THE one! 🙂

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