P52 28/52 No Boil Spaghetti

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I wanted to make #1 Grandson spaghetti because he asked me for it, but thinking about it I wasn’t really comfortable using a whole stockpot of water to boil the pasta then dump the water down the drain. Since I live in CA and we’ve got mandatory water restrictions in place it just seemed wasteful to me.  I couldn’t think of anything else to do with the used water.

But,  I thought, ” I’ve tried a No Boil Lasagna recipe and liked it, so why not try Spaghetti too?”

I dug out my crock-pot which is my favorite method for making sauce and crumbled in some leftover meatloaf, poured in 2 jars of my favorite sauce, doctored it up with some Italian herbs, and a half cup of so of water, and set the crock-pot on low to cook all afternoon.  40 minutes before the sauce was done I added a pound of raw spaghetti broken in half to the crock-pot along with another jar of my favorite sauce and enough water to clean out the jar. Stirred in the pasta so it was well coated  in the sauce, replaced the lid and let it cook for 40 minutes more.

No Boil Spaghetti

It’s delicious! The sauce is super thick, and the pasta was cooked through.  He-Man, and #1 Grandson loved it. Both had seconds!

I had some for lunch today and as you  would hope it’s even better today.

I’m glad that worked out, and I saved some water too.

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Made from Scratch

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I made pizza from scratch yesterday; something I haven’t done in a while.

I made enough dough to roll out two pies. Both had fresh Mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese, but one had Kalamata Olives, and the other Black Olives for Baby Girl.

Kalamata Olive and Cheese Pizza_9817In the image above its ready for the oven. I had the pizza stone in the oven pre-heated; ready for the pie, but I forgot to pick up parchment paper at the store so the transfer from the baking sheet to the stone didn’t go smoothly. It ended up in a bit of a mess actually. It baked up fine. Just looked like a hot mess when it came out of the oven.

I didn’t take any photos of it don’t worry! 🙂

I did manage to cut a decent looking slice albeit slightly dinged at the tip.

Homemade Pizza_9825It tasted great, and it was just as good cold this morning for breakfast.

The dough is a basic recipe, and uber simple. I used Lidia Matticchio Bastianich’s recipe. (Lidia’s Italy in America)

Makes two pies or a lot of Calzones 🙂

6 cups of all-purpose flour

1 package of active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Olive Oil for the bowl

2 cups warm water (90ºF to 110ºF)

I used my electric stand mixer to make my dough.

Pour two cups of warm water into a bowl. Stir in the yeast and sugar until dissolved; let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Combine the yeast mixture with flour, and salt in the mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until the dough comes together. Switch to your dough-hook attachment. Increase the speed to medium-high, and mix until the dough comes together into a smooth mass, approx. 2-3 minutes. The dough will not clear the sides of the work bowl at this point, but should not be too wet. Add a little water or flour as necessary to get the right consistency.

Scrap the dough onto a floured work surface and knead several times, until the dough comes together into a smooth ball.

Oil a large bowl, then turn the dough into the bowl until it is coated with oil. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until doubled in size about 1-1 1/2 hours. Punch down the dough, divide in half, and let rise again.

Add your favorite marinara sauce and toppings, bake at 425ºF for 11-20 minutes, let stand a few minutes and serve.

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