This hot dog spaghetti was Sheldon Coopers favorite on the show, The Big Bang Theory. I believe it was made with a can of sauce and chopped hot dogs but I doctored that up. Now that the kids are home from school, how about whipping up a batch tonight?
I am trying to have fun with cooking for the kids during the flu epidemic and although most of this is not from scratch, your kids will love it.
This recipe is geared toward kids and their taste buds so some of these ingredients your kids may not like and you can just omit them.
Your kids may be small so I suggest cutting up the hot dog into very small pieces like I did above.
If you don't want the sauce chunky, just use an immersion stick or a blender to puree the tomatoes and onions until smooth.
3+ hot dogs cut up into pieces
1 small sweet onion, grated (with cheese grater)
1/2 cup chicken broth
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
15 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
1 TBS white sugar (kids like sweeter sauce)
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
cooked spaghetti or any pasta your kids love
In a large saucepan, add some oil and saute the sweet onion and hot dogs together for a 3-4 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir until combined. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 5-10 minutes. Add cooked spaghetti, mix and serve with cheese bread. A sprinkling of Parmesan cheese is delicious also.
Sauteed grated onion adds wonderful flavor to the sauce but the kids won't know it is in there when you use the cheese grater.
You can also bake it for a few minutes at 375 degrees instead of letting it simmer on the stove top. Just spray 9x13 inch pan with oil, mix the sauce and pasta together and pour into baking pan. Top with mozzarella (or your favorite) cheese and bake until melted; approximately 10-15 minutes.