Monday, August 12, 2013

Spaghetti monsters

I can't remember how I came across this recipe idea but its absolutely genius.  Spaghetti threaded through hot dog bites, or in this case meatballs.  Fresh sausage works too.  I wonder if I can thread spaghetti through zucchini or mushrooms for a vegetarian version?  I'd love to serve this for Halloween.

First time around, a hit for Mr A, who ate 4 and Miss J, who ate 1.  Second time around, Miss J didn't enjoy any because Mr A gulped them down so that there weren't any left for her.


I paired these spaghetti monsters with marinara sauce and some veggies, kind of like a fun take on pasta primavera.  Next time ill have to make more than 6 so the rest of the family can enjoy them, not just Mr A.

Spaghetti Monsters

Adapted from Very Culinary

6 meat chunk/bites (hotdog, fresh sausage, and meatballs work well)
A serving of spaghetti, uncooked
1/4 c marinara sauce
1/2 c mixed veggies (I used carrots, zucchini, and baby spinach)
Parmesan cheese, optional

  1. Thread uncooked spaghetti through center of meat bites.  Cook in boiling water, per pasta directions.
  2. Add carrots into water, about 7-8 minutes to go.  Add zucchini 4-5 minutes to go.
  3. Rough chop baby spinach and place in colander.
  4. Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.  Drain in colander.  Spinach will wilt when the hot liquid is poured over it.
  5. Heat marinara sauce and add in spaghetti monsters and veggies.  Add as much of the cooking liquid as needed to cost coat everything nicely.
  6. Top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.


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