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This Creamy One Pot dish is one of the many delicious recipes my mom made for us while growing up. The good thing is that it is so easy to make and takes little of your time. This dish is quite decadent but it is totally worth a try. The kiddos is your life will thank you for it. It tastes similar to Mac and cheese but with out the cheese.
This recipe brings fond memories for me because this was the pasta recipe my mom made most of the time. And probably because eating spaghetti wasn’t common practice in our home. Eating of our traditional Nigerian foods was more like it.
I don’t recall eating jollof spaghetti much those good old days probably because we ate jollof rice on a regular, so sweet momma wanted to make pasta time a different experience.
So you can imagine why this was a hit whenever mom made it. I don’t personally indulge so much these days for the sake of my waist line, but I make it for the kiddos occasionally. My boy Kamso loves it but my Zara not so much. As for my little Emii. What’s her own. She puts more on her table than she manages to get into her mouth.
But that’s ok ?, Her plate happens to be the smallest in the trio … but of course ?
Mr K isn’t a fan of a mix of cream and savory so he usually passes on this one.
Back to our recipe. All you need are simple ingredients so let’s get cooking. Thanks to my sweet momma for this delicious creamy pot of delight ???
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Mommy's one pot creamy spaghetti recipe
- 16 oz spaghetti (broken up)
- 4 Tbsp salted butter
- 2 cups evaporated milk
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 habanero pepper (optional)
- 1 cup frozen green peas (thawed)
- 3-4 large carrots chopped into small cubes. you will need enough to make up 1 cup
- 1/2 cup sweet corn
- Heat up butter in a wok or pot, then sauté the onions and minced garlic for about 40 secs.
- Add 2 cups of milk , 3 cups of chicken stock and 2 teaspoons bouillon powder. Stir and allow to warm up.
- Add the spaghetti and stir. STIR continuously to prevent pasta from sticking to each other and to prevent burning. Continue cooking pasta without covering the pot.
- Cook till almost all the moisture is absorbed. check for doneness. if pasta is not cooked through, add the remaining 1 cup of water/chicken stock then add the chopped vegetables. ( I find that most times I need to use up all the the 6 cups of liquid required)
- Stir, taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
- Watch Pot Closely, because you are cooking without the pot covered, the liquid gets absorbed fast.
- Some Pasta brands cook faster than others, to avoid getting a soggy dish, start with 5 cups of liquid ( 2 cups of milk + 3 cups of chicken stock) then add the remaining 1 cup if needed. I find that I use all 6 cups of liquid most of the time. But it's better to err on the side of caution.
- Don't let all the moisture dry out while cooking, the added moisture helps the creaminess of this dish.
- If you want a coconut version of this recipe, swap the milk with coconut milk.
- For added deliciousness and decadence, you can add some cheese either cheddar or parmesan. I was tempted to do that. but if I did, that won't be mom's recipe anymore would it? so I decided to stick to that ?
- You can use frozen mixed veggies but remember to thaw them and you will need about 11/2 cup for this recipe.