Earlier this week, to Jack and Derek’s delight, I made them some spaghetti and hot dog sea creatures for dinner. I realize hot dogs aren’t exactly healthy, but sometimes (especially in the summer!) you just need to offer up a meal that’s fun and sure to be a hit. Plus, these are so easy to make: stick uncooked spaghetti into hot dog sections, boil the assembled hot-dog-and-pasta for 10 minutes, and serve with your favorite sauce. Like most other things I write about on this blog, this isn’t an original idea of mine; it’s been floating (get it? Floating? Sea creatures?) around the Internet for quite a while! Whoever thought of it first is a genius. 😉
Spaghetti and Hot Dog Sea Creatures
Serves two hungry kids
- 4 hot dogs, preferably nitrate- and nitrite-free (you can get these at any grocery store)
- Uncooked spaghetti (about 1/4 of a box)
- Your favorite pasta sauce (I made my own marinara sauce, but you could also serve this with just some olive oil, garlic and cheese, or with a cream sauce)
Cut the hot dogs into four or five sections each.
Break some spaghetti noodles in half. Stick five noodle halves into each end of a hot dog section (so each hot dog section has the equivalent of five whole noodles in it). For the ends of the hot dogs (with a curved section at one end), you might want to stick noodles just in the cut side.
While you’re assembling the hot dog sea creatures, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Don’t add any salt to the water; the hot dogs are already salty enough! When the water’s boiling, drop in the hot dog sea creatures. Don’t worry if the pasta sticks out of the pot at first; as the noodles cook, they’ll slide into the pot.
While the hot dogs and pasta are boiling, make or heat up your pasta sauce and prep whatever vegetables or salad you’re serving on the side. After 10 minutes, rescue the sea creatures from the boiling water with tongs.