Throughout my college years I have had a lot of pasta. Why? It’s super cheap (what college student has a lot of money?) and it’s fast (gotta get back to homework!). Then I got married and I felt like I couldn’t feed my husband plain old pasta every night, even if he said he didn’t mind. However, my need for cheap and fast meals didn’t end since we’re both students, so the pasta had to stay. We still have regular old pasta with sauce from a jar more than I would like to admit, but whenever possible I like to dress it up a bit.
Homemade Spaghettios is definitely a favorite in our home. My husband lists it in his top 3 favorite meals!! I don’t think I really have a “favorite” meal (or meals) to eat, but this is probably one of my favorites to make. It requires no preparation beforehand, most of the ingredients I usually always have, and I can make it fast on a weeknight when we need a delicious dinner.
I love that I can alter the ingredients to what I like, or what I have on hand. Sometimes I add more or less red pepper flakes or garlic. Or sometimes I’ll add a little more sugar to make it a bit sweeter. My hubby likes it cheesy, so more often than not, I’ll add lots of cheese (depending on what I have on hand), or a different kind of cheese. This last time I even added in a little parmesan cheese! It’s a really fun recipe to tweak and have fun with – so I encourage you to do so and make it to your own liking.
8 oz. ditalini pasta
3 Tbs. Oil
4 cloves garlic, pressed OR 2 Tbs. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
15 oz. tomato sauce
2 Tbs. tomato paste
1 cup water
2 Tbs. sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, in a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for one minute.
3. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, sugar, and butter. Heat until slightly bubbly, stirring frequently.
4. Stir in the milk and remove from heat.
5. Stir in the cheese and cooked/drained pasta.
6. Add salt/pepper to taste, and enjoy!