Spaghetti noodles is an Italian dish that is savored not only by the cash starved college student, but also by the food connoisseurs. Since it is very easy to make and light on pocket, the dish makes way to be an excellent alternative for the usual boring lunch or dinner recipes. Be it the simple boiled spaghetti noodles with ketchup or chili sauce, or a bowl of hot steaming spaghetti noodles with salsa sauce, they make a tasty and yummy treat which is both healthy and filling. Very simple to prepare, you can whip them into a meal when you are hungry or host an Italian pasta dinner for your loved ones. However, spaghetti noodles, when not cooked properly, can ruin the entire meal. Making spaghetti noodles is not rocket science and can be achieved by following simple tips. Given in this article are effective tips on how to cook spaghetti noodles perfectly.
Spaghetti Noodles Recipe
- Place a large pot on fire to fit in all the spaghetti noodles. Add 4 quarts of water and 4 tbsp of salt to it. Though the water and salt may sound a lot in terms of quantity, it is essential for well-cooked pasta.
- Boil the water. When the water is bubbling, add the spaghetti noodles to the pot. In case your pot does not accommodate all the noodles, gently stir in part of the noodles and when they are submerged, add the remaining noodles.
- Occasionally, stir the noodles to prevent them from sticking to each other or to the pot.
- Cover the pot and allow the water to boil again. The time taken to boil the water will depend upon the kind of spaghetti noodles you are using. The different varieties are semolina, whole wheat and gluten free pastas. The cooking time will vary from 10 to 12 minutes.
- At the end of 10 minutes, remove a single strand of noodle and taste it. In case the noodle is hard on biting or tastes funny and is still white in the center, the noodles require a little more cooking.
- To check the doneness, ensure that the spaghetti noodle is chewy yet firm in the center. Well-cooked noodles hold their shape well and are not too soft or squishy. This is known as al dente in Italian.
- When cooked, remove the pot of noodles from heat and drain off the water, using a colander or sieve. Shake out the excess water from the noodles and transfer the noodles back into the pot.
- Now, add one tablespoon of olive oil to the noodles. You can add tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce or any of your favorite sauce to the noodles. Toss well.
- Serve them with a few meatballs, garlic bread and a bottle of red wine for a classic Italian meal.
Spaghetti Sauce Recipe
- 1 pound Beef (grounded)
- 1 large Onion (chopped)
- 1 clove Garlic (minced)
- 1 pound Tomatoes (chopped)
- 8 ounces Tomato Sauce
- 12 ounces Tomato Paste
- 1 cup Beef Broth
- 2 tbsp fresh Parsley (minced)
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp dried Oregano Leaves
- 1 tsp dried Basil Leaves
- 1 tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- Place the ground beef in a stockpot.
- Add onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, parsley, brown sugar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Cover the pot and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low heat.