Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Spaghetti's nothing new to most people (yes, I'm talking about food. Not that sexy tank top with spaghetti straps you're eyeing and no, this is not a food blog). It's basic, easy to make and don't cost very much.

Ingredients [Click on pictures for a larger view]

You'll need a pack of spaghetti (standard pack of 500g), a can (or two) of Cream of Tomato, some italian herbs, some formaggio cheese, some minced meat (chicken, beef, lamb or pork) and a packet of mixed vegetables to add some colour (or just frozen peas which usually weighs 500g a pack)
You can substitute Cream of Tomato with ready-to-use Tomato Puree (for red sauce), Cream of Mushroom plus a pack of cream (for white sauce); and formaggio cheese with Parmesan cheese which cost a lot more

Bring a pot of water to a boil and empty the spaghetti contents into it (or whichever amount you wish). Boil it for a further 3 minutes, turn off the gas and close the lid. Leave it aside
Tip: Drizzle about 3 tablespoons of oil into the water so the spaghetti won't stick together and a dash of salt for flavour

Spaghetti sauce

Heat up wok and put in the can of Cream of Tomato, add half a can of water, a block of butter (about 1/3) and the minced meat. Don't forget that dash of italian herbs and about 3/4 tablespoonful of salt. Bring to a boil and stir till the meat is cooked. Add mixed vegetables last
Tip: Add chopped garlic just after the mixed vegetables if you wish

Back to the pot of spaghetti. Drain it of excess water in a colander, place it onto a plate and complete it with the sauce that you have prepared. Sprinkle it with the formaggio cheese and wala! It's ready to serve

Optional final step
Then again, when I cook spaghetti at home, I like it with a lot of extras. And that was the reason why I placed the spaghetti into a baking tin. Bake I will!

For the extras, you will need 2 slices of cheddar cheese and about 10 slices of back bacon (for a standard pack of spaghetti), cut into strips. The beauty with "extras" is that, you can put in as much as you want! Think extra toppings on a pizza! Yum!
You can substitute cheddar cheese with mozzarella cheese, which cost a lot more

Break cheese into big pieces and place on top of spaghetti. Sprinkle formaggio cheese over it and finally, place stripped back bacon evenly on top. Put it into the oven for about 25 minutes (or until bacon browns) at 200 deg (depending on oven size).
Tip: Always top-up meat last so that oven heat can reach it first and there's no need to pre-heat oven
For halal version, you can substitute back bacon with beef bacon
For non-beef eaters, use back bacon
For non-red meat eaters, erm, skip the meat topping and use lots of cheese. Chicken ham doesn't cut it

Tada! Spaghetti in red sauce with "extras", fit for the King PrincEss! Not the way you get served when you eat out. Yummilicious! I had 2 servings for dinner today!

Updated: Oh, a pack of standard spaghetti of 500g should serve 8 or 9 regular eaters but with everyone going for seconds, well, it only served 5 in my household. :)

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Yum - that looks really good! Dunno if I somehow missed this, but how many servings does your recipe do?
Yuen Li | Homepage | 05.10.05 - 8:23 pm | #


wow it looks damn good. will try it soon =)
cyber-red | Homepage | 05.10.05 - 8:29 pm | #


Ah Yuen Li, thanks for the reminder. I have updated my blog to include that info. SHOULD serve about 8 or 9 regular eaters but if everyone goes for second helpings, hmm...5 or 6 perhaps??

Hey Reta, make a post on it too?
Primrose | Homepage | 05.10.05 - 8:39 pm | #


PrincEss, cook some for promised to come to my house and teach me how to make cheesecake, remember?
Aurora | 05.10.05 - 10:39 pm | #


wah nice nyaaaaa...
michaelooi | Homepage | 06.10.05 - 12:17 am | #


Yummy..! yes definitely better than my sandwich.. !! but my spaghetti is made more simply.. and i only use chicken for the meat ..
Big BoK | Homepage | 06.10.05 - 12:32 am | #


Hey Aurora! Yes yes... in fact I made cheesecake today as dessert. I actually thought of you when I was buying ingredients. :D

Nice eh, michaelooi? Want or not? I let you sample some?

Ah MamaBok, BabyBok can nibble on some spaghetti? I used minced chicken for this one though chicken normally goes with white sauce. Then again, "red" looks more inviting. I'm gonna cook again tomorrow with minced pork
Primrose | Homepage | 06.10.05 - 12:39 am | #


Now you and sisdar Yan can become official chiefs (I'm the chief, remmmember!) on OUR I-LAND. We can franchise YummyliciousSpaghetti and SeremabnSatay as official foods on Primedays.

Oh, my order -- SE7EN spasfool pleAse I've also brought along 7 bucketfuls of Haridas' tehtarik
ylchong | Homepage | 06.10.05 - 12:30 pm | #


so what is the cost like ? rm20 ?
Patrick Leong | Homepage | 06.10.05 - 1:28 pm | #


Desi, 7 bucketfuls? Gasp! *faint*

For that amount of spaghetti to feed at least 8 or 9 people, Patrick, it cost about RM30. That doesn't include the cheddar slices because I already had that in my fridge.
Primrose | Homepage | 06.10.05 - 2:01 pm | #


Hey, you have stolen my beef from my blog :-D
thkiat | Homepage | 15.10.05 - 2:39 am | #


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