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10 Sophisticated Variations on Your Favorite Childhood Foods


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Spaghetti
Kids eat pasta sauce straight from the jar; jazz up yours with some fresh herbs.
Kids eat pasta sauce straight from the jar; jazz up yours with some fresh herbs.
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Kids love spaghetti. The long, stringy noodles are as much fun to play with as they are to eat. However, there are plenty of ways to turn spaghetti into a dish that adults will enjoy, no matter how long it's been since sticking pasta up your nose was socially acceptable. Upscaling spaghetti is actually pretty easy -- cook the pasta perfectly and enhance the sauce with some herbs and veggies.

You should use a lot of water when boiling pasta (about 1-1/2 quarts per pound). You want the water to completely saturate the noodles in order to remove all the excess starch. This will prevent the noodles from becoming bloated, gummy or crunchy [source: Spieler].

Adding a pinch of oregano or a couple cloves of garlic to the sauce can go a long way. You could also try mixing in some fresh vegetables. Onions, diced tomatoes, squash and mushrooms create a blend of complex flavors that really enhance the meal.


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