Yes, you’re a higher education student, but forget the fast food and instant noodles – your dinner doesn’t need to be this way. It is possible to easily make a quality meal that’ll satisfy your tastebuds, and leave a smaller impact on your wallet. Here is a quality spaghetti recipe proving just that.
Quality Spaghetti Recipe
Serves: 5 People
Time: 1 Hour
What You’ll Need
- 500g of Mince
- 500g Packet of Pasta (eg. pasta spirals)
- 1 & 1/2 Onions (To taste)
- 1 Can of Diced or Crushed Tomatoes
- 1 Jar of Pasta Sauce (eg. Raguletto’s)
- Pepper (White or Black)
- Olive Oil
- Italian Herbs
Appliances & Equipment:
- Stove Top
- 2 Pots
- Strainer (Recommended)
- Stirring Utensil (eg. wooden spoon or a ladle)
Method – Pasta
Fill one of the pots ¾ full with water. Place this pot onto the stove top, and turn the heat beneath it to a medium heat. Add a pinch of salt to the water for flavour, and a few drops of oil – this will help prevent the pasta from clumping.
When the water has been brought to the boil, add in the pasta. It may cloud – this is natural, and is simply pasta dust separating from the pasta.
Be sure to stir the pasta occasionally (at least once every 2 minutes) so that it does not stick to the pot. The pasta will take roughly 10 minutes to cook. During this wait, it may be timely to start on the sauce.
When 10 minutes have passed, use your stirring utensil to withdraw a portion of pasta – try it to see if it is soft enough. If not, give the pasta a few more minutes, and try again. Repeat until the pasta is soft to your liking. If the sauce is not yet ready, turn the heat off on the pasta pot so the pasta does not overcook too much, stirring occasionally until the sauce is cooked.
When the sauce is cooked, strain the pasta over the sink – ideally with a strainer.
Transfer portions of cooked pasta out into plates or bowls (about 1/5 per dish is ideal). Top with a matching quantity of sauce, and serve.
Method – Sauce
Pour a tablespoon or so of olive oil into an empty pot. Proceed to shift the pot until the oil has coated the bottom of it, and place it to the stove, then turning the heat on beneath it. A medium heat is ideal.
Next, place the mince meat into the heated pot. Break it up a bit with your stirring utensil, and stir every five seconds or so to ensure that all the meat gets a chance to cook.
As the meat begins to brown, add a few shakes of the Italian herbs and pepper to it. This stage is ideal for adding the herbs as the meat is just starting to release it’s juices, which will help absorb the flavour of the herbs.
Proceed to peel, rinse, and chop the onion to a fineness of your preference; a fine-chopped onion will help to more discreetly add onion flavour, whilst a less fine cut will help add more texture variety to your dish. Proceed to add the onions to the mince.
When the meat has completely browned, proceed to add the jar of pasta sauce to the mince, turning the contents into a sauce.
Add the can of diced/crushed tomatoes to the sauce. As well as enhancing the taste of the dish with natural tomato flavours, the added tomatoes will boost the volume of the sauce.
Your sauce is now complete. Proceed to turn off the heat, and allow the pot to keep the sauce warm until ready to serve onto the pasta.
Enjoy your meal!