As a beginner in cooking, have you ever wondered, “Can I prepare perfect spaghetti just by following a recipe on the internet?” Well, yes. You can. We have two easy recipes for cooking spaghetti (with some inside tips no one would tell). Undoubtedly, you won’t have to get confused by searching up the entire internet anymore.
A secret tip: If you are cooking spaghetti for the first time, follow the measurements as per the recipe. As you gain confidence and some experience, make changes to the recipe as per your preferences.
How To Cook Spaghetti
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Spaghetti Pasta – 250gm
Salt, as per taste
Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil
For The Spaghetti Squash: Vegetarian Recipe
Tomatoes – 500gm
Garlic – 6 cloves, finely chopped
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Carrot, thinly sliced
1 Capsicum, thinly sliced
Basil Leaves – 4, roughly torn
Spaghetti Squash – small
Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil – 1 tablespoon
Fresh Cream – 1/4th cup
Salt and Black Pepper, as per taste
Dried Oregano for flavor
Red Chilli Flakes
•Firstly, Fill a pan with water and leave it on the stove to boil. The heat is to be set at medium. When the water starts to boil, add salt and stir. (You can also follow the package instructions)
•Drop the spaghetti Pasta in the boiling water and cook till it becomes firm to eat, which is al dente. (Cooking pasta doesn’t take a lot of time if you put the pasta in boiling water.)
•Strain all the pasta water from the pan and rinse the cooked pasta with cold water. It prevents the pasta from getting soggy. Transfer it into a different utensil.
•Finally, drizzle the spaghetti Pasta with Olive oil or Vegetable oil and put it aside.
(Drizzling the pasta with Olive oil prevent the noodles from sticking and makes it more delicious to eat.)
Cooking Spaghetti Squash: Vegan
•To cook Spaghetti Squash, cut it into long pieces and remove all the seeds. Put it in the microwave and heat it at 375°C for 10 minutes. Check if it has become tender by poking it with a fork. Put it aside when cooked.
Take the tender tomatoes out and allow them to cool for some time.
•The first step in making the sauce is filling the pressure cooker with some water. Allow the water to boil at high pressure.
•Then, take the tomatoes and slit them into quarters. Put them into the pressure cooker and cook them until a whistle blows from the oven.
(If you cut the tomatoes in half and then put them into the pressure cooker, it’ll be hard to peel off their skin, and everything will become mushy.)
•Once they are cooled, peel off their skin and grind them into a smooth sauce-like puree in the mixer. (Canned tomato puree can also be used to save time.)
•Now, heat some Olive oil in a saucepan. Add the chopped garlic and onion into the pan and cook until they become golden brown. You have to now add the carrots and capsicum into the pan and roast all the veggies together on medium heat for some time.
•Add the tomato puree, spaghetti squash, and basil leaves in the pan, along with salt and Black Pepper. Add the dried Oregano and red chili flakes for more taste, and wait until the sauce is cooked.
•Add the al dente pasta into the freshly cooked spaghetti squash sauce and stir for 2-3 minutes until the spaghetti Pasta is fully coated with the sauce.
After you finish cooking, your spaghetti is ready to serve. Put it into a plate and top it with some fresh Cream. If you don’t have fresh Cream, feel free to use a lot of cheese. Dried Oregano and red chili flakes season the pasta well. (The fresh Cream can also be cooked with the sauce if you don’t want to use it separately. It enhances the pasta taste.)
How To Cook Spaghetti Squash With Meat
Cook time: 35 minutes
Spaghetti squash – Medium
Ground Beef – 1 pound, cut into half (fresh chicken can also be used)
One onion, chopped
1 Bell pepper, chopped
Starch: 1/2 tablespoon
Basil leaves – 4-5
Salt and pepper, to taste
chili powder – 1/3rd tablespoon
Tomato puree, made with three tomatoes
Parmesan cheese, grated
•Firstly, cut the spaghetti squash shell into half lengthwise. Remove the seeds from the shell and cut them into big pieces. Make a few holes in each of them with a fork. In a baking pot, add water and put the pieces of spaghetti squash in it. Cover it with a baking sheet and a lid. Microwave until it becomes easy to shred.
•Then, take a large pot and add some butter to it. As the butter starts to melt, put the ground beef into the pot and cook until it changes color from pink to brown. As the beef cooks, add the vegetables into the pot and cook them well. You must add one tablespoon salt (add more salt later) and other seasonings (red chili powder, dried oregano, and pepper) and mix them well with the beef and vegetables. It gives them a great flavor.
•Now, add the tomato puree and basil leaves into the pot and stir them until they boil slightly. (Some sugar can be added to make the sauce sweet.)
•Get the spaghetti squash and tear the strands of it. They’ll look like noodles.
•Toss the noodles into the pot and mix it with the meat sauce. Cook time – 3-4 minutes.
•Serve hot with parmesan cheese and some seasoning.
This is a delicious dish to serve for dinner with some oil-based sauces and salad. The fun fact, it is easier to cook than lasagna or even fried chicken. The leftover sauce can become an excellent match for rice or noodles. If you try any of these recipes as a beginner cook, your cooking journey will be easier than before. We’ll surely give you more recipe shares the next time.
I hope our recipes helped!