For today’s edition of my can’t cook blog, I have something really simple and delicious to take a try at. It is honestly one of the easiest meals you can possibly make, but still fantastic nonetheless–Spaghetti with Garlic/Cheese Bread.
If you are thinking, well that is just too easy meal, don’t give up on me yet. I am going to show you how if you spend just a little more time with the preparation or variation, this can be a really great meal.
First off, cook up some spaghetti. Even for a beginners cooking Blog, this pretty easy–Boil some water, toss noodles in the pan and cook until they reach al dente, or firm but not solid (just a hair under fully cooked).
Right here is where I would like to improve this dish. First off, try whole wheat pasta instead of regular enriched flour pasta. It is much better for you, and the taste difference in negligible.
If you are interested in a different taste than plain spaghetti, you can also try any short cut pastas like penne as a replacement. You can find those pastas in the same places you buy your spaghetti noodles.
When your pasta has reached that al dente level, take it out and strain it. While it is in the strainer, make two to three turns of the original pan or just enough to almost coat the bottom with olive oil. Then add a clove to two cloves (or about a table spoon) or garlic to the oil, and then re-add the spaghetti. Coat the pasta with spaghetti sauce (add meat balls if you wish), and apply Parmesan/your choice of cheese.
For the garlic or cheesy bread, I offer my special recipe. Take some regular slices of whole wheat bread, or cut open halves of any type of french bread roll. Coat that bread surface in olive oil and butter for a base. Then apply garlic and/or shredded (or grated) cheese, to whatever quantity you see fit. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 6 to 8 minutes at about 400 degrees.
For a couple of other cool alternatives check out Mei Li version of meatless spaghetti in her Be a Kitchen MacGyver Blog. Or check out Lisa Kivirist’s Planting Patriotism Blog for a great recipe for Spaghetti with Zucchini. Both sound fantastic.
So there you have it, an outstanding meal that takes about 15 minutes to make and can feed an army if you need it to. Or better yet, it can be one of those great meals that if you make up enough of it, my spaghetti and bread can last a few extra meals for left overs.
Good Luck and Good Eating!