Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Spaghetti with Hot Dogs- One Pot Meal

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 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.



Ingredients:
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


 Directions:
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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8 comments:

  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! : )

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

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

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  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 :)

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

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  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!

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

    simon

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

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