I am not ashamed to tell you I was bit of a "geek" in school. I think I am still a geek. :) You would think that since I was a geek that I would have watched a show called The Big Bang Theory all these years... but I haven't.
I recently started watching the show when it came on re-runs on TV. I quickly became a major fan of the show. So now you are asking yourself, what does Spaghetti with Hot Dogs have to do with a TV show? Well one of the characters on the show (Sheldon) who is a genius has a favorite childhood meal... Spaghetti with Hot Dogs. They spoke about this dish twice since I have watched the show and I had to try it out. I made my version here... and to tell you the truth... It was great. :) You can use what ever kind of hot dogs you like: beef, chicken, pork or even tofu. Just spend a little extra money and get a good quality hot dog that is made with good ingredients.
This is a great week night one pot dinner that comes together fast. I also highly recommend the raw garnish of onions and peppers. It compliments the meal perfectly.
1 box spaghetti cooked to al dente in well salted water. ( I actually used linguine)
Hot Dog Spaghetti Sauce:
1 packet of hot dogs (I used good quality all beef hot dogs with no nitrates)
1 medium onion chopped (save some for garnish)
1 green bell pepper chopped (save some for garnish)
1 large jar of prepared spaghetti sauce (ie.. Ragu, Prego etc...)
2 cloves garlic grated
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sugar- if needed
red chili flakes to taste
salt and black pepper to taste
2Tbs canola oil
Garnish: Diced bell pepper, onions, Parmesan cheese
When onions begin to soften add garlic, black pepper, dried oregano, dried basil and red chili flakes. Saute for another 2 minutes. Next add the cut up hot dogs and saute for 2 minutes.
Next add jar pasta sauce, sugar (if needed) and adjust salt. Simmer with lid on for 15-20 minutes on medium-low heat. Finally add cooked pasta and toss well in sauce for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with onions and peppers. Enjoy.
Good Cook recommended tools:
"Classic" Dutch Oven With Lid, 5qt.
Stainless Steel Leaf Colander, 4 Qt
Santoku Knife, 5"
Plastic Cutting Board, 8 X 11
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