Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Spaghetti with Hot Dogs- One Pot Meal


 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

Cook pasta in well salted water according to package directions.  Drain and set aside in colander.  In the same pot you cooked the pasta, heat 2 Tbs canola oil and saute onions and bell pepper with a little salt on medium heat.
 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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  1. How fabulous! Growing up we had spaghetti and meatballs or franks and beans! This all in one meal is a childhood dream come true (unless you can come up with a recipe for meatballs and beans! Yikes!) I bet your kids LOVED this! : )

  2. I watch that show when I am at the gym. Makes the time go by super fast.

  3. Looks delicious, though I think I'd switch it up with smoked sausage instead. Thanks for sharing, Ramona!

  4. We food bloggers get inspiration everywhere, don't we? These are two of my daughter's favorite foods in one...this may be on our menu soon :)

  5. It's even better with kielbasa!!! Try it out next time!!

  6. My kids will never let me forget that once upon a time I gave them hotdogs practically everyday. Maybe this grown up and sophisticated version will make up for my lack of creativity way back then!

  7. Really tasty. Top marks! thanks for sharing.


    1. Thank you so much! So happy you enjoyed it. :)

  8. Of all the recipes I've seen for this, I chose yours because I too was curious about spaghetti and hot dogs from watching TBBT and Sheldon's love for it lol. Thanks

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