Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Easy Peasy Spaghetti Bodoh

"Spaghetti Bodoh" literally means "Stupid Spaghetti", but actually it's just my name for just plain spaghetti, with no meat nor vegetables.
I made this yesterday for the kids, coz I had nothing to put in the spaghetti. But they still loved it nevertheless. I later found out that I actually had some sausages, but it was too late, they've already eaten everything... tee hee.
Izani liked it too, especially since there are no huge chunks of anything that he'd have to chew on.
This is a very simple and basic recipe, and you could add in other ingredients (spices, meat, vegetables) to make it not so plain.
Preparation time: 8 minutes to boil pasta, less than 10 to do the rest.

Easy Peasy Spaghetti Bodoh

250grams spaghetti boiled per instruction, al-dente
half head of garlic peeled and chopped finely
half a cup of stock chicken or beef or ikan bilis also can
sprinkles of herb of choice I used dried basil. U can use fresh parsley or whatever you have
grated parmesan
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Heat up the olive oil in a good-sized pan. Saute the garlic till fragrant and nutty. Add chicken stock and the dried herbs (if you're using dried ones). Let sauce boil for a minute, then toss in the spaghetti till it's well coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then turn off heat. When you serve, drizzle some olive oil on, sprinkle some parmesan cheese and fresh herbs (if you're using fresh ones).

As I said, this is a very basic recipe. You can add other ingredients to change it up a bit.
While sauteing the garlic:
You can add red pepper flakes or dried chillies cut up into small pieces to make a spicy olio. Add cubed sausages, chicken or prawns or even tofu for the protein.
While adding stock:
Add some cream to make a creamy sauce. Add tomato paste or crushed tomatoes for a red sauce. Replace stock with milk, when it bubbles up, add cheese to make alfredo sauce.
While tossing in pasta:
Make it a primavera by tossing in pre-sauted vegetables. Toss in crunchy bits of ikan bilis goreng or crispy fried mortadella bits.

I think you get the idea.

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