What better way is there to learn about the different countries on this big, blue planet, than to sample the food that is likely on the typical family’s plate?  I mean… aside from living there… or visiting… or Google…

Whatever! I get the picture! 🙂 But just for fun, let’s do it my way!

To begin, we’ll visit a country in South America, where the 2 main languages are Spanish, and Guarani (an onomatopoeic language), and is sometimes referred to as Corazon de Sudamerica, or, the Heart of South America.

Ladies and gentlemen, from Paraguay, I give you, Tallarines Con Salsa De Hongos (Paraguayan Pasta with Mushrooms).


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 4 oz ham, julienned
  • 2 Spanish sausages, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 1 cup stock (I used beef)
  • 12oz spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Saute onions in oil 10 minutes, stirring frequently
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato, salt, pepper, bacon, ham, and sausage
  3. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes
  4. Combine mushrooms and stock, and add to pot, cover and cook for 15 minutes more
  5. While sauce is cooking, cook and drain pasta (al dente) and preheat oven to 375 degrees
  6. Layer pasta, sauce, and cheese in greased baking dish. Make as many layers as possible! End with a layer of sauce
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, and let sit for 5 before serving

Reviews?  In my family of 9, we have some VERY picky eaters, and some kids who will eat ANYTHING… So here we go, the good, the bad, and the funny…

Dad- mildly picky eater, said; “This needs to go on the regular menu!” Then he took another helping.

Taylor, 21 year-old who eats everything said; “I think we need to have more Para-Guy stuff”

Nathan 20; “This is really good, mother!”

Jordynne, 18- can’t handle onions or mushrooms; “Big onions? Mushrooms? You made me cry.” (that’s a bad review)

Hannah, 15, culinary student; “I love it!”

Veronica, slightly picky 12 year old; “This is REALLY good!”

Phillip, 10, slightly more picky eater; “It was AH-maz-ING! I would use parm next time instead of cheddar, though”

Myself; I ate until I hurt.

OH! We can NOT forget our vegetarian friends!We omitted the meat to make this one for our little veggie gobbler.


Racheal, 16, vegetarian, and bluntly honest; “mmm!  It’s really good!”

Thank you for joining us in Paraguay! I had fun, and hope you do too! You can suggest countries for our family in the comments, or just come back by and see where we go next!

All my love!



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