Thursday, January 8, 2009

Tomato Ketchup Spaghetti

tomato pasta
We are back from our short holiday and my post-holiday laziness has kicked in. I've not been very inspired in the kitchen, so last night YH bought a roast chicken home and I paired this with a favourite side dish that I've eaten and loved since childhood - tomato ketchup (or tomato sauce) spaghetti. My mother first ate this when she was young and studying in Ireland - her landlady used to serve this up to them fairly often (it's simple and cheap, I suppose) and my mum re-created this recipe for us when we were growing up. 

The pasta itself doesn't sound that impressive - just spaghetti, garlic, oil and yes, tomato ketchup straight from the bottle, but do give it a try - I liked this pasta even during the days I didn't like ketchup. You must serve this with some sort of meat, though, as the pasta on its own is very bland. My mum always served it with pork chops, but sausages, roast chicken, and lamb also work well.

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Tomato Ketchup Spaghetti
spaghetti
light olive oil
1 bulb garlic, peeled and chopped
tomato ketchup (I use Heinz, but use whatever brand you prefer)
1. Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat up a saucepan on low heat and pour in some olive oil (around 3 - 4 Tbsp, or enough to coat the amount of pasta you have).

3. Add the chopped garlic and fry gently on low heat until the garlic is golden and fragrant (be careful not to burn the garlic).

4. Pour the spaghetti into the saucepan (you may need to loosen up the pasta with some water first if it has clumped together) and mix it with the garlic oil until well coated. Turn off the heat.

5. Squeeze tomato ketchup (tomato sauce) into the spaghetti and mix well. Add enough ketchup to coat the spaghetti. Season with a little salt and pepper, and more ketchup if necessary.

6. Serve as a side dish to meat, such as pork, chicken, or lamb. Place the bottle of ketchup on the table so those who prefer more sauce can help themselves.


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

tried it today. Nice meal even when you are broke

Claudia said...

Hi! I'm glad you enjoyed this dish. It's my ultimate comfort food.

Claudia said...

Hi again Anonymous, I forgot to mention, if the budget is a little tight, another great dish is Tuna Spaghetti - just add a can of tuna into spaghetti that's been coated with some garlic and olive oil, and fry lightly together. I've posted a recipe for it here.

Eric said...

I actually love this! I had something like this as a kid and I haven't had it since. I'm on a super tight budget right now and a few cloves of garlic, some ketchup and spaghetti was just right. Instead of side meat, I just took about 5-8oz of ground beef and fried it until it was in small bits, added some salt and pepper and mixed the whole thing....(1 chopped tomato that needed to be used, added to the meat was nice too)