I think itís about time that you learn to cook! We will start with
something easy and fun Ė spaghetti! It is impossible to eat a food
as silly as spaghetti without a smile. It is something that anyone can
fix quickly and also makes a great meal for unexpected company. You
only need three ingredients to make spaghetti: noodles, sauce, and
ground beef. Some people leave the meat out, but what kind of meal is
We will start by cooking the noodles. Use your largest
pot so it wonít boil over during cooking. Here is a trick Iíve
learned for cooking long spaghetti. First, bring the water to a boil.
Then insert the spaghetti noodles and let them soften on one end to
wind them around in the pot and avoid breaking them in half. You are
on the way to being a gourmet chef already.
Next, unwrap the hamburger. I hope you bought the lean
beef or you will end up with a big pan of grease. Crumble the meat
into a hot skillet and brown it. Drain off all the extra grease. Oh
no, you got the cheap hamburger, didnít you? Look at all that
grease! NO! Donít drain it in the sink! Too lateÖ Well, maybe it
wonít clog the drain.
Okay, now open the jar of spaghetti sauce and add it
to the browned meat. Turn the heat on low and let it simmer. Some
people make their own spaghetti sauce, but that is definitely too
advanced for a beginner. I canít imagine why anyone would want to
spend hours making spaghetti sauce anyhow when we have Ragu.
By now the noodles should be about done. The only way
to know for sure is to remove one and test it. It should be tender,
but not mushy. They are all stuck together? Havenít you been
stirring them? Well, try to get that blob separated. Next time use a
little olive oil in the water and it will help with this problem. At
least we used the big pot and they didnít boil over, well, at least
not much. We can clean it up later.
Remove the glob of noodles and place them in a
colander to drain. What do you mean, what is a colander? It looks like
a bowl with holes in it. You donít have one? Great! Well, drain the
water off the best you can. Maybe the boiling water will help unclog
the grease in the drain.
Rinse the noodles in hot water. Why do you have to
rinse them when they are already wet? It gets rid of the extra starch.
Donít argue with me! Just rinse the noodles and drain them. You will
never learn to cook at this rate!
Okay, we need to make a decision at this point. Do we
want to serve the sauce over the spaghetti or do we want to stir them
together before serving? I like to stir them together as it gives the
noodles a chance to absorb some of the sauce. Also, it will give the
noodles a chance to finish cooking since you didnít let them get
What is that smell? The spaghetti sauce! I told you to
turn it on low! LOW! Donít you know that tomato sauce burns easily?
I donít know about you, but Iím about feed up with this mess.
Cooking class is closed. While I go take the battery out of the smoke
alarm, throw that lump of noodles in the garbage disposal and letís
get out of here! Does the Olive Garden take reservations?