Sometimes, we all want to eat exuberantly but simply can’t be bothered to cook “gourmet”. This SpaghettiOs alteration reaches a compromise between the simplicity of instant food and the indulgent, satisfying flavors of gourmet cooking; it elevates the classic can of SpaghettiOs (or any other processed pasta) to a brand new level! Your tastebuds will never look at a can of boring SpaghettiOs the same way again! Even better, this recipe teaches basic cooking skills (involving a saucepan and garlic), so when kids experiment with this simple and effortless recipe, they’re building the foundations for a lifelong journey into healthy and sustainable cooking!
Ingredients: (1 serving)
1 can SpaghettiOs (or Chef Boyardee’s)
1 clove minced garlic
1 small shallot
OPTIONAL: ¼ teaspoon chili flakes
OPTIONAL: ¼ cup pasta sauce
¼ cup milk or heavy cream
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon herbs (dried or fresh)
On a cutting board, dice up a small shallot. Peel and mince one clove of garlic, either using a sharp knife or a garlic press. If this is your first time mincing garlic, watch this youtube tutorial: https://youtu.be/2Yt6pKLU_10.
Open a can of SpaghettiOs and scrape off the solid oil into a small saucepan. If there isn’t enough oil, add a drizzle of cooking oil instead. Brush the diced shallot into the saucepan and saute for 3 minutes, or until slightly sweated. Then, toast up your minced garlic and optionally the chili flakes in the pasta oil for an additional minute. (I included a little chili flake action, because why not?)
Pour in the rest of the SpaghettiOs and gently warm the pasta up. Add more pasta sauce if you see fit.
Once the sauce is near a simmer, take the saucepan off the heat and pour in ¼ cup of milk; place it back onto the heat and stir the milk in. Once fully incorporated and bubbling again, sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan and the herbs (basil, oregano, etc.), stirring again for approximately 1 minute.