Quarantine Cooking #9

Since I mentioned my love for my Dutch Oven, I’m highlighting a new recipe that I LOVED cooking this past week.

One Pot Spaghetti Wonder

Maw always served spaghetti all mixed together in one pot but I’ve always cooked my noodles and my sauce separately – not any more!

Break out your dutch oven, or a deep pot but this really is best in a dutch oven. Brown a pound of Italian sausage, garlic and onions on medium-high heat. Pour a carton of chicken broth and deglaze the bottom of your pot (the fancy way of saying the liquid helps lift the stuff at the bottom that holds all the flavor so scrape away!) and throw in a big can of whole plum tomatoes. Use the back of your spatula (I prefer a wooden spoon) to smash those tomatoes and break them up. Add a tablespoon of tomato paste and mix that in real good. Throw in your seasonings. If you’ve been with me long, you know that for me that’s a combo of salt/pepper/garlic powder. And if you’ve been with me long, you know the next step – crank up the heat and bring that to a boil and then bring it back down to simmer. Pull out your spaghetti noodles and break them in half. Someone is mumbling that you’re not supposed to break them in half but in order for this to all cook down properly, you need to go ahead and break them in half and push them down into your pot and make sure the liquid covers them. Now here’s the fun part, add fresh basil and fresh parsley to the mix and crank up that heat again (do not ask me how much, I am not the boss of you), stirring your noodles to make sure they are not sticking together and also making sure they remain covered by your culminating sauce. Again, once your sauce starts to bubble, bring the heat down to low and let it simmer for 30 min. You will have what appears to be too much liquid but do not fear. As it cooks down, the noodles will absorb it all. It’s actually best served next day but you will not be able to wait.

My husband does not care for pasta dishes – I have no idea what planet he is from but we keep him around anyways – and he said this is the best spaghetti he has ever eaten. Henry devoured every last bite. It’s a family favorite for sure!!