Thursday, February 5, 2015

Spaghetti with Hot Dogs (Throwback Thursday)


It's Throwback Thursday and tonight one of my favorite shows is on TV... The Big Bang Theory
I am a big fan of the show, but 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 have mentioned 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.


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