Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Spaghetti Dinner

A pasta dinner for four at home costs $5 - $10, depending on whether you buy all organic pasta & sauce. At the Italian restaurant -- even the "fast food" type -- you'll be paying $20 -$30. If you find a quality pasta sauce that you like, don't turn your back on the good old spaghetti dinner. Instead, try the garlic bread ideas below sent in by Lara (thanks, Lara!) to turn it into something special.

Jar of sauce
Garlic powder
Cheese (optional)

Bring large saucepan of water to a boil. (1 minute hands-on prep)
Drop in spaghetti & turn heat to low. Cook until done the way you like it. (2 minutes hands-on prep)
While spaghetti is cooking, butter several slices of bread & sprinkle them with garlic powder. (3 minutes hands-on prep)
Top with sliced cheese if desired & toast them in the broiler for 2-3 minutes or the toaster oven for 5-10 minutes. (2 minutes hands-on prep)
Drain spaghetti when it's done & return to the hot pan. Mix in sauce. (2 minutes hands-on prep)

Any pasta can be used in place of the spaghetti. The sauce can be meaty or vegetarian.

Serving Suggestions
Serve with a salad if you have lettuce on hand. Or, try green veggies on the side, like peas or broccoli. The bread has a wonderful "Texas Toast" flavor, but is much healthier than the frozen boxed garlic bread.

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