I have used noodles in a lot of my recipes because they come in so many varieties and are so versatile.
I have been using noodles in my recipes for many, many years. It’s almost a no-brainer not use them since they are very budget friendly. You can typically find some type of pasta noodle on sale at the grocery for under $1.00.
Although I really like noodles, if you have them too often they can get a little boring. This is especially the case with spaghetti noodles. We have all had spaghetti and meatballs, and how many times have you have had to put extra sauce on the noodles because they were too bland. Since I have experienced this scenario so many times, I decided to develop some ways to spice up noodles in my dishes.
Today when I make spaghetti and meatballs, I not only season the meat but I also season the noodles too. Doing this really gives the whole dish a lot more flavor. In addition, it also eliminates the need of having to use so much extra tomato sauce.
To season my noodles, I add spices to the boiling water. I let the spices marinate in the water for about five minutes. By that time the water is well seasoned. I then add in my spaghetti noodles and let them cook for a three minutes. I don’t like my noodles very soft, but if you do you can cook them a little longer. After I drain the noodles and pour them in a bowl, I drizzle on a little olive oil. Next I sprinkle the noodles with a little more seasoning. These might sound like a lot of steps just to make spaghetti noodles, but they are necessary to ensure that the noodles are well seasoned. These noodles are seasoned so well that you can serve them with just a little grated cheese or tomato sauce.
Whenever I make a pasta salad now I don’t just depend on the added vegetable ingredients to season my pasta noodles. Instead, I toss the pasta noodles in some olive oil and then I sprinkle them with oregano leaves and a little garlic powder. After the noodles have been tossed for about three minutes, I cover them up and put them in the refrigerator. This really helps the spices and olive oil penetrate through all the noodles. I would like to emphasize that the container holding the noodles should be air-tight, or else the noodles will dry out.
The next day I take the noodles out of the refrigerator and add in some chopped olives, diced tomatoes and chopped celery.
Spicing up noodles can really add flavor to your dishes.