Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Astig Way to Cook Pinoy-style Spaghetti

I am a proud family man. I would like to think that I am the king of the house who just sometimes (actually most of the time) gives in to what the queen says. Not to mention what our prince also wants.

Just like last Saturday, I woke up around 6:00 am with a hungry tummy. I was not able to have a good dinner because of toothache that’s why my intestines, both small and large, become a bit rowdy that morning.

Since my molars and canines seem okay already, I woke up my wife and asked if she could prepare breakfast. She just smiled at me and winked her left eye. That’s her gesture when she likes to say, “Ikaw na lang (you do it your self)".

Good thing I am more in the mood of eating than arguing so in the next minute, I found myself inside the kitchen thinking of what to cook. I saw a brown bag on our dining table. It’s definitely the freshly baked pandesal that Yaya Annie bought.

What will I pair with my favorite bread? Well, we have some packs of Clara Ole pasta sauce and spaghetti noodles in our food shelf. Ahhh, Pinoy style spag with the Filipino bun! Allow me to call my recipe ASTIG (A Simple, Truly Irresistible and Great-tasting) Spaghetti.

Here are the ingredients:

2 packs of Clara Ole Creamy Tomato Pasta sauce (200 grams)
1/2 kg. spaghetti noodles
1/4 kg. ground beef or pork
4 pcs. regular hotdogs, diagonally sliced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 onions, chopped
1 garlic, minced
1 carrot, grated
3 tablespoons of cooking oil
1 cup of water
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)

This is how we cook it:
a.  Cook spaghetti noodles according to package instructions.
b.  Heat onion in a wok and sauté garlic and onions
c.  Add ground beef or pork, bell pepper, carrot and a cup of water.
d.  Bring to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes.
e.  Add the packs of Clara Ole Creamy Tomato Pasta sauce
f.   Put salt and pepper to taste then let simmer for another 10 minutes
g.  Place the sliced hotdogs. Continue to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
h.  For more astig taste, add hot sauce or Tabasco for more spice if desired. (But this is not advisable 
     if you intend to give some to children).
i.  Cover the spaghetti noodles with the sauce and grated cheese on top (optional).

My very own ASTIG spaghetti. Next time, I'll remember to lessen the amount of water to use so my finish product will look creamier.
 Do you also have a recipe in mind using Clara Ole products? I will be glad to hear from you. Kindly comment at the end of this post and let me try that astig recipe of yours.

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