My husband calls on his way home from work every night with the same burning question: “What’s for dinner?” And, more often than not, my answer is something along the lines of, “Well, um, I could boil up some spaghetti real fast.”
To this, he scoffs. (I can all but actually see the eye roll happening on the other side of the phone.) In my husband’s not-so-humble opinion, spaghetti and jarred marinara sauce (even if it’s the expensive, gourmet kind!) does not a satisfying meal make.
Now, don’t get me wrong. He’s an equal opportunity hands-on kind of guy. He doesn’t expect me to whip up a fancy feast every evening. He’s just hoping that one day I’ll at least order a pizza or some Chinese before he walks in the door, ravenous and exhausted. Alas, that’s usually not the case. But, at least once a week, he’ll come home to a big ole bowl of spaghetti–much to his chagrin.
The thing is: unlike my picky partner, I actually enjoy the occasional bowl of well-sauced al dente noodles. And it’s probably the only meal my children and I will actually agree on and eating together. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s kid-friendly–so it’s a no-brainer in my book. But, for my husband’s culinary sake, I’m trying to broaden our horizons, expand or pasta palettes, and put a new twist (and a twirl!) on our weekly spaghetti dinners.
From top left to bottom right: Red Wine Garlic Parm Pasta via Eat Well 101/ One Pot Pasta Basil and Burrata Spaghetti via I Am a Food Blog/ 15-Minute Creamy Avocado Whole-Wheat Spaghetti via Oh She Glows/ Vegetarian Spaghetti Pie via Weelicious/ Spaghetti & Zucchini Pancakes via Real Simple/ Million Dollar Baked Spaghetti via Sugar Apron/ Shrimp Arabbiata Zucchini Spaghetti via Eat Drink Paleo/ Spinach and Walnut Spaghetti via Food and Wine
To celebrate National Spaghetti Day (what you didn’t know?!), I’ve rounded up a few recipes that will take your (but, more importantly, take my) spaghetti game up a few notches—and a few kitchen gadgets, gizmo, and tools that will help make dinner a simple success.
You bet that when my husband calls home from work tonight, Imma decisively tell him we’re having spaghetti for dinner… Something tells me, this time, he won’t be disappointed.
- Pasta Bowl Set, $80/ 2. Spaghetti Fork, $24/ 3. Spirlizer, $40/ 4. Spaghetti Measure, $5/ 5. Spaghetti Pasta Cutter, $8/ 6. Large Spaghetti Pot, $40/ 7. Spaghetti Box Top, $8
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