College Guide to Spaghetti and Meatballs, Foodonia style

Everyone likes spaghetti, or at least they should. For one, it’s delicious. Secondly, it can be one of the easiest and fastest meals to put together. Here’s the Foodonia on TV version, which will be airing during premier week at SUNY Fredonia. This is enough for quite a few people to eat, so if you’re cooking for yourself cut waaaay back.

You’ll need:

-1 box spaghetti (angel hair will cook faster, if that’s what you’re looking for)

-1 jar of sauce (get whatever kind you like, if you want to be a little tricky you can get traditional and spice it up yourself)

-1 Tbs olive oil

-Parmesan cheese (optional)

-1 bag of frozen meatballs (of you can look for some in your local deli)

Boiling the water is the first step here. After that start heating up your sauce on the stove on medium heat (or in a microwave if you want to be real lazy…it happens to the best of us). Once those are going and you have a nice roiling boil going in a big pot, it’s time to put the spaghetti in. I highly suggest adding about a tablespoon of olive oil to help keep the spaghetti from sticking together. Angel hair spaghetti will take about 6-8 minutes to boil, regular 8-10 (I’ve noticed that wheat pasta also takes a little longer to cook, so keep that in mind if you’re using that).

If you’re doing the meatballs just follow whatever directions are on your bag. I told you, this is a “college guide” to spaghetti and meatballs, so hitting up the frozen section is fine! If you want to make your own meatballs just Google a quick recipe and I’m sure you can find something tasty.

When the spaghetti is done drain it and put it back in the pot, you might want to consider adding just a touch more olive oil or butter at this point just to make sure the spaghetti doesn’t stick together. Fork some pasta onto a plate, top with spaghetti and some parm cheese if you like. It’s that easy! However…

If you’d like to make your own sauce, without exactly making your own sauce from scratch, here’s what I do. Buy a jar of regular, traditional spaghetti sauce. Start heating that up on the stove. In a small pan heat up some olive oil on low heat. Dice some garlic, pepper, onion, mushroom, tomato…you get the point… and heat them up until they start to soften up (somewhere around 5 minutes). Add these to your sauce and let them simmer together for at least twenty minutes, the longer the more flavor will be absorbed. Of course, you can also brown some hamburger in the pan as well (10 minutes) and put that in the pot for a meat sauce.

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