Call this pasta dish with SPAM one of those weird food combination. As strange as it may sounds, this pasta dish was actually good. If you like Spam then you might actually consider believing me. But if you don’t, then it wouldn’t be presumptuous of me to think that you probably rolled your eyes once you’ve read the title. AHA!
The family likes Spam. We like it fried with eggs, and a side of sliced tomatoes for breakfast, or Spam sandwiches, or Spam sushi roll. But last night I said, yah know, let me try cooking Spam some other way. How would it taste like with pasta and spaghetti sauce? Well, it was surprisingly good.
1 can of Spam, sliced thinly, cut in half, then in strips
1 jar of Bertolli Olive & Garlic Spaghetti Sauce (or whatever pasta sauce you’ve got)
half a jar of water (use the pasta sauce jar, cover and shake the jar to incorporate water with sauce remnants)
sprinkle of dried basil
sprinkle of dried oregano
2 tbsp of sugar
half a box (or more) Linguine pasta, cooked accordingly
Cook the linguine pasta according to the box.
Heat up a sauté pan. You don’t need oil coz the Spam has enough fat content. Once the pan is hot, sprinkle the spam strips all around. Let that cook until slightly brown. Don’t burn. Stir a few times.
Then add the pasta sauce, and water. Sprinkle dried basil, dried oregano and sugar. Stir everything, cover the pan then simmer in medium heat. The sauce should be simmering while you’re cooking the pasta.
Once the pasta is cooked, turn stove off on both burners. Then using a pasta ladle, slowly transfer the pasta onto the sauce pan. If this step is hard for you coz you don’t want the pasta water all over the pasta sauce, just drain the water off into the sink then just transfer the pasta into the sauce pan. Gently stir everything together.
Serve with garlic bread. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top. The Italian Chefs namely Mario Batali, Giada de Laurentiis and other pasta connoisseurs would probably turn their nose up on this dish but hey, it’s my kitchen so I’ll do whatever I want with the pasta and sauce. Besides, my children loved it. They devoured the leftovers for lunch today that I didn’t get a bowl of my own.