Sausage Spaghetti Monsters

 

Sausage Spaghetti Monsters

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’s garden in the shade

Wotchers!

Short and sweet for this post – I’ve been muttering about mentioning these for ages – and my daughter has eaten them twice today already – and it’s only 2.00pm!

Here’s a quick weeknight supper idea – and a bit of fun if you’ve got young children (or are a big kid yourself): Tinned frankfurter and pasta octopi. If you poach them gently in stock, the sausages keep their flavour while the pasta cooks.

I’ve tried a number of different pastas – angel hair is too thin – just ends up a tangled blob. Spaghetti is not too bad, but the best effect comes from using bucatini – which can be described either as hollow, thick spaghetti, or long, straight, thin macaroni. I found some in my local Sainsbury’s supermarket – 80p for 500g.

I like making them look like jellyfish/octopuses – but we’ve also tried making beetles, centipedes and caterpillars. My daughter likes her monsters tossed in a little red pesto with some grated cheese – but other children I’ve made it for prefer them plain. Your call.

Sausage Spaghetti Monsters – serves 2 big kids, or 4 small ones

1 jar/tin of frankfurters/hot dogs in brine (thick ones work well)
1 packet bucatini
Chicken or vegetable stock
Steamed veggies
Pesto and grated cheese (optional)

  • Drain the sausages and cut each one into 3 or 4 pieces, as you like.
  • Break some bucatini in half and push 5 or 6 pieces into one of the cut ends of the sausages.
  • Bring some stock to the boil, turn it down to a simmer and gently drop the sausage shapes into the pan.
  • Cover and let them poach gently until the pasta is cooked to your taste.
  • Steam some green veggies (beans, savoy cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) while the pasta is cooking.
  • Drain pasta monsters and toss in pesto, if using.
  • Arrange veggie garden and populate with spaghetti monsters.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and enjoy. 😀

Cost: Approx £1.65 (incl. pesto/cheese, hot dogs 2 tins for £1.00, September 2011)


10 Comments on “Sausage Spaghetti Monsters”

  1. Janice says:

    That looks a lot of fun, must remember that for my grandson.

  2. Catherine says:

    I like the look of this! I have a fussy eater but I think He might just eat everything here! Cx

  3. We do these at home and my sons call them Hairy Hotdogs! Great tip on Bucatini though – will try that next time! Absolutely love watching you on GBBO – you’re my utter favourite and I hope you win!

  4. Jem says:

    This looks like something brilliant to try when I need something quick and tasty to cheer me up!!

    Jem xXx

  5. I made this for my children last night, totally gob-smacked them. Looking forward to tonight’s final. Love your creativity on thinking outside the box! x

  6. ppnsh says:

    Dayyummn. Whenever I have kids, I am making this.

  7. pants says:

    this is BEAUTIFUL!

  8. hummingbird says:

    Hi, I tried this with my girls last night. I did not have any sausages so I used mince to make a meatball with same idea. Boiled them, and they came out awesome. First time my girls finished their food and wanted seconds! Totally cool….thanks!

  9. Bud says:

    I call these “lingweenies”


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