My gkids are spaghetti lovers…are yours? They like it simple. . . spaghetti, tomatoes, a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper….and then sprinkle on the parmesan. (I like some red pepper flakes on mine). Lovely. Simple, quick, good, filling, a kid pleaser.
Yes they love meatballs too…but that is another story.
If you are making simple spaghetti, you want to make sure these few ingredients are the best you can possibly use. I personally like mine with fresh, vine ripened, garden tomatoes…but up here in the Northwest…those are as rare as hen’s teeth until around the end of August. And with our short growing season, big, ripe, juicy tomatoes at the end of summer are not guaranteed even then!
If your tomato supply is scarce….or the ones available in your area are the “shipped in” ones (to me these taste like cardboard!) then my suggestion is: POMI
Yes, Pomi Tomatoes are THE BEST. I used to have to import them from Italy (where they are grown and processed) but now I can find them in my local organic market. But even if you can’t find them there….you can always order them on line. there are now several stateside distributors. Pomi Tomatoes come in a box…so they are not subjected to the “tinny” taste you can get from many canned tomatoes and they are sealed in BPA-Free packages. I have also recently read that many of our canned tomatoes – even the organic ones – are processed using chemicals to take off the peel. Pomi tomatoes are 100% organic, natural garden-ripe Italian tomatoes. steam peeled, Fat Free, Gluten Free, no preservatives, no added salt or other ingredients. As a matter of fact under Ingredients…it says: Tomatoes. That’s it. That’s all. Pure vine-ripe tomatoes! Best you can get! 1/2 cup serving is only 28 calories too!
Of course you can add whatever else you like. I personally like garlic, torn basil leaves, a few olives…and the aforementioned red pepper flakes…but keeping it simple, fresh and quick is a real treat for the cook as well as the diners! My gkids like to make it with me too. Cooper is our head chef….and Olivia likes to get her fingers into it.
And frankly…my grandkids think I am magic….they even tell their mom they want “Nana Spaghetti”….nice!