Note: Regular blogging is temporarily suspended to give way for my cookery.
I said previously that one of activities here in Thailand is learning how to cook. Well, I am glad to announce that my cooking had improved. I had cooked a lot of dishes and majority of them had tolerable taste.
I had a pack of pasta that was sitting in my cupboard for more than a month. I intend to use it for spaghetti. Every ingredient for the spaghetti is ready. I have a can of tomato sauce and some spices. Ground pork that I intended to use for the spaghetti came and went but no spaghetti was made.
I was too lazy to cook the tomato sauce for my spaghetti. I needed to find a way to dispose the pasta the easy way. The easy way that I found came by the name “Prego spaghetti sauce”.
This can of Prego spaghetti sauce is not my favorite tomato sauce but a carbonara-styled sauce.
I don't have a big pot so I used the rice cooker to boil the pasta.
I added 2 teaspoons of salt and let the mixture boil for around 9 minutes. I kept on checking the pasta so that it will be al dente (firm but not hard). How did I know that my pasta is already al dente? Well, I just followed the tip of mother. She said that the pasta is al dente if it still “hard” but will stick if thrown to the wall.
I threw three strands of pasta to the wall. I continued boiling the pasta if the strand refuse to stick to the wall.
I was happy when on the third throw the pasta strand stick to the wall.
The next step is straining the water from the pasta.
My problem is that I don't have a strainer. So, I improvised a strainer from the net used for garlic that I bought from the grocery.
Cooking the sauce is very easy. All I did was to heat the Prego spaghetti sauce on the pan and then pour it on the pasta.
Voila! My very first carbonara spaghetti is ready for eating.
Bon appetit! :-)