Friday, June 3, 2011

Naked Spaghetti

The following is fast, filling, extremely inexpensive and fairly tasty.

What we are basically going to make is spaghetti with the minimum amount of stuff added to it (thus the "naked")

First of all, as a rule of thumb, the single man should always have all of the following: Spaghetti, Basil and Oregano (these are spices, buy them in bulk) and canned, cooking oil and diced tomatoes.

A lifetime supply of these staples should run you about $20.

What you will need:

All of the above and a pot. I also recommend a spaghetti ladle/fork like thingy.  This is like a big spoon with tines around the sides - great for scooping out large quantities of spaghetti.

Fill a large pot half way up with water and bring to boil.

Add the spaghetti and cook until done (around 10 minutes).  Done is when it tastes done to you.

Drain the water and add 2 teaspoons (the smaller spoon) of cooking oil and stir.

Some people will tell you to add the oil while the spaghetti is cooking.  Don't do that as it will extend the cooking time and cause uneven heating of the pasta (heard that on a radio show.)

Add a heaping teaspoon of oregano and another heaping teaspoon of basil  Dump in the entire contents of a can of diced tomatoes.

Stir well.

Eat and enjoy.

By the way, this tastes great cold.  You can also add more stuff like olives (but then it becomes less naked).


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