Sunday, September 16, 2012

Spaghetti for Beginners

I pointed out earlier that the manosphere should spend some time trying to help us improve our lives.  One way that we can do this is to post recipies.

Spaghetti is easy to make and can be modified to suit your tastes.

1. Fill your biggest pot with water
    A.  some suggest adding oil and salt, that only makes cleaning the pot more difficult

2. Set the pot on the stove on high until it boils, then turn the heat down a bit

3. find your box of spaghetti
    A.  1/3 to 1/2 box for just you if you aren't adding many dishes
    B. I break them in half so that they fit in the pot better
    C. Whole wheat is supposedly healthier than white

4. Put saucepan on the stove, and fill it with a jar of sauce
    A. I'm liking Prego brand right now
    B. skip the garlic sauces, add your own garlic
    C. buy meat sauce so that you don't need to cook and add your own meat
    D. set heat on medium it only needs to get hot (which happens fast)

5. Add spices, garlic, onions, etc.
    A. open your spice jars and smell for whatever smells appropriate
    B. use about a 1/2 Tablespoon for each spice, think about 1/2 cm out of your little spice jar
    C. add cheese when its done, not now (It will make the pan harder to clean.)

6.  Take a spaghetti out and bite it, every so often
    A. pasta is hard and crunchy at first
    B. its better to cook too little than too long
    C. its done when it tastes right, or you get bored

7.  Pour spaghetti though colander into the sink
     A. no colander? use a slotted spoon to pull the spaghetti out, or a fork

8.  Pour sauce on the spaghetti

9.  Add more of whatever spices or cheese you like.

I like this because its easy and you can get away with only dirtying one pot and one pan.  (You don't need to dirty the pan if you put the cold sauce on the cooked spaghetti and then microwave it.)  And the pot will essentially only have had water in it, so its easy to clean.

It can also be much better than most spaghetti at most restaurants.  I don't bother ordering spaghetti at restaurants because I figure that I can do it at least as well at home. (Which is now true of lots of things.)


  1. #5 - suggest mainly basil and oregano. Sometimes a spice might seem to be a good idea based upon smell alone but the taste can be disappointing.

    If you like olives, sliced-up black olives are a good addition. Green olives tend to be too salty. Chopping up some onions and lots of garlic (IF you like garlic) and saute it in a little olive oil. Mix in with the sauce.

    Now for the obligatory negative manosphereism - spaghetti is too high in carbs. ;)

    1. You're right about the spices.

      "spaghetti is too high in carbs." I like carbs.