A Modern Twist On A Traditional Spaghetti Recipe

by - Monday, November 09, 2015

Thank you to Ragu for sponsoring today's post! 

Growing up my family and I always had our dinner together at our kitchen table as a family unit. It would be questionable when my Mom cooked dinner as to would it be burnt or not? She was known to burn food quite often, mostly pizza and anything she put in the oven. One thing that was a weekly staple and that was never burnt was traditional spaghetti. Sometimes we would have meatballs and sometimes we would have french bread accompanying our spaghetti dinner.

Fast forward to now, I have my own family and we're having spaghetti at least a few times per month in our home. Much like the founder of Ragu, Assunta Cantisano, the traditional spaghetti recipe with a can of sauce and a package of noodles has spread like wildfire since inception and is gracing many people's tables each day. I love spaghetti, I always have. It's been one of my favorite meals sine I was little. I can also truly appreciate the story behind the brands I love as well. Assunta Cantisano voyaged from Italy to America with her family's tomato sauce recipe up her sleeve and she shared it with neighbors and their neighbors and her family's secret sauce recipe blew up into what is now Ragu. Her entrepreneurial spirit created this company which has been around for over 80 years and has had hundreds of sauces on the shelves of local stores. I love that it is affordable and contains no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup!

Ragu has been around for over 80 years and I can make a guess that spaghetti in my family will continue to be eaten another 80 years! While I do love the traditional spaghetti recipe, I've changed up how my family eats it just a bit. I'd like to share with you my modern twist on a traditional spaghetti recipe. It's simple, easy and delicious.. not to forget probably a little healthier!

So the simple part is this---

Say goodbye to premade packaged noodles!


See, I told you it was simple right? We switch out the noodles. To add a little spice (which I like to add a bit of heat!) you can add fresh basil as a topping, nutritional yeast, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes or a drizzle of sriracha sauce as a garnish. We occasionally add tofu instead of meatballs or use vegetarian meatballs.
Bake spaghetti squash until it is easy to shred it with a fork. I baked for 1 hour at 375. I top with salt, pepper, paprika and olive oil.
Add Ragu sauce ( I used chunky tomato, garlic & onion) and garnished with avocado, onion and sprinkled nutritional yeast and a small touch of sriracha!
... and there you have it! Modern Spaghetti is delicious!

I'd love to hear your spaghetti traditions in your family or another food that will be around for a long time in your household!

On a side note, there is a contest currently running with Ragu on Food.com featuring home cooks! You create a fantastic recipe with Ragu Pasta Sauce along with other ingredients and visit Ready. Set. Cook!


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