August 29, 2011

Post #2: Homemade spaghetti

A'salaamu alaikum ya'll. So I went on a bit of a cooking spree recently and I decided to make homemade spaghetti again. I learned how to make homemade sauce from A but of course, like always, I then put my own spin on it.

You'll need:

olive oil
1 4oz can tomato paste
chopped onion
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped or mashed
2 dried red chilis (can use more, wasn't very spicy) or turkish red pepper paste, love 'em both
small can black olives
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp homemade spice mix (this one had 1 clove, bit of cinnamon, cumin, a dried lemon, coriander seeds)
1 tbsp oregano, more or less to taste
package turkey meatballs or can use whatever meat ya'll prefer
parmesan cheese for yummy goodness at the end ;-)
Get your olive oil nice and shimmery-hot, medium heat.

Add the tomato paste but be careful! Mine had a little sizzle to it. :-)

About a tbsp of salt, don't over salt, you can always add later

Poppin' in 2 dried red chilis; shoulda put one more but was nice masha'Allah

In go da onions!

Aww, can't forget the garlic! Yummmm!

Let it cook, stirring often, for at least 15 minutes. Low heat.

Added the chopped black olives. Everyone here are olive snobs but I can use these in sauces. :-)

See how the oil is separating? Yeah, that's what you want. Cook til it gets a nice dark color and don't forget to stir!

I added chopped turkey meatballs. You can leave 'em whole but I prefer them chopped up.

Tada! I used about 12 oz of pasta, probably coulda just done with 8 oz but I don't mind a drier pasta. I don't like gobs of sauce on mine. :-) Oh and cue the parmesan please!
Hmmm so that's that. I like to use a smaller noodle, I know scientifically a thick sauce should have a tube pasta or one with a corkscrew shape but I like thin noodles like vermicelli (above) or cappelini (angel hair). And al-dente my behind. Sorry I kinda like my pasta soft, I always go that last minute of cooking. :-)


Muslim Convert said...

Yummm looks delicious, I love any and all types of pasta and the sauce looks great!

Teri said...

Asalaamu alaikum Sister, Eid Mubarak! I do have one question, please.. I mean no offense AT ALL! Is it not too greasy for you? I have a sensitive belly and would be afraid of that although, it looks YUMMO! :) I know that Olive Oil is good for you too but just don't know about the upset belly factor.

Umm Aaminah said...

MC, I'm still in awe of your homemade pizza! :-)

Teri, actually I did put a little bit more in than usual; this isn't the pan that I normally use. :-)

However, by the time it was distributed over 12 oz of UNCOOKED pasta :-) it wasn't too awful greasy.

But yeah, I could done with a 1/4 cup less. :-) Ma salaama...

Banana Anne said...

That looks sooo delicious Masha'Allah. I love pasta and anything with olives, although I would probably use beef meatballs (it's a weird tic of mine, I think any turkey product other than actual roast turkey is disgusting).

Mona Z said...

That sauce looks yummy! Eid Mubarak!

Zay said...

Ooo Maa Shaa Allah looks yummyy!!!!!