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Instead of Lady and the Tramp, it’s Whiskers and the Hamster.
It was a happy Valentine’s Day for Tiny Hamster and his lovely date. The chef from HelloDenizen, known for his “hamsters eating tiny food” videos, assembled a pint-sized Valentine’s date for two lucky hamsters. He lovingly handmade thimble-sized plates of food for his hamsters, and then uploaded a video of the date for our enjoyment.
During the video, the HelloDenizen chef recreates an entire Venetian replica of a town made from construction paper and gift bags, and sends Tiny Hamster and his date (a lovely girl hamster with a flower in her fur) on a gondola ride through the “town,” stopping at Tony’s Tiny Restaurant for a twee romantic meal of spaghetti and meatballs à la “Lady and the Tramp.” He even serenades the fuzzy couple with some accordion tunes.
But was this date a passionate “Bella Notte” or were the hamsters more interested in chewing on the carefully-strewn rosebuds than staring into each other’s beady eyes? Watch the video below to find out, and be sure to check out Tiny Hamster’s first YouTube appearance wherein he ate a tiny burrito.
Awhile ago, I made a recipe category for “faster-than-fast-food” meals, and promised that I was going to fill ‘er up. As it turns out, I might’ve made things a little too strict (shock-er, I know) with all the must-start-from-scratch and dishes-count-as-time-spent rules. Homemade spaghettios might break that rule, but it’s BARELY more clean-up than a box of mac and cheese, and that HAS to fit the category, right??
Confession: until I made this recipe when my four-year-old was tiny, I had never actually had “spaghettios”. So I really have no idea if they taste anything like this. But this quick, kinda-creamy tomato sauce has a ton of flavor from garlic and butter, a happy saltiness from the cheddar cheese, and the ditalini is just so darn cute! (You could also use a different small pasta shape, like itty bitty shells or elbows.)
It’s crucial that you follow the order of the steps in the recipe if you want this to be ready in 20 minutes! I set a stopwatch and mine was ready in 21:30. :o)
So: put water in a pot and get it on the stove to boil for the pasta. Start warming olive oil in a big pan or another pot.
You could mince or press the garlic, but I like to just smash a clove with the flat part of the knife like they do on cooking shows and let the whole clove simmer in the sauce. Then I remove it at the end – since the sauce doesn’t cook for very long, I find the garlic flavor a little intense if I mince it and leave it in.
Toss the smashed garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes into the pan, and let it sizzle in the oil for about 30 seconds. Add a can of tomato sauce, a little tomato paste, water, and a little sugar, salt and pepper. Stir in a pat of butter until it melts, and then stir in a little milk and let the sauce simmer gently.
If all goes according to plan, the pasta water will be boiling by now, and you can add the pasta to the pot. My ditalini needed 10 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time to simmer the sauce. It also gives you just enough time to make a quick salad toss baby carrots on everyone’s plate, cut up some fruit, and pour the drinks!
Fish out the garlic, then stir in some cheese until it melts.
Then add the cooked, drained pasta!
And there you have it – homemade spaghettios! I love this exact ratio of sauce:pasta, and it’s a nice change of pace from either macaroni and cheese or pasta + jar of sauce – but it’s still made from pantry ingredients and a couple of fridge staples! Plus, twenty minutes. Ish.
Bonus: those cute teeny pasta shapes are great finger foods for babies!
Pasta is pretty much universally adored – and delicious with just about anything, meat or not. But it’s especially great in these flexible recipes. Here are some faves:
From Kitchen Treaty:
- Cheesy Baked Tortellini (lacto-ovo veg with optional ground beef) – I love using individual casserole dishes to serve this up. Having different color dishes helps us tell them apart.
- Tortellini with Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, and Gruyere (lacto-ovo veg with optional sausage) – This is a great, easy recipe that also works well for entertaining.
- Veggie-Filled Enchilada Pasta Casserole (lacto-ovo veg with optional ground beef) – a dinnertime staple for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
- Ravioli Lasagna(lacto-ovo veg with optional meat) – use a meaty ravioli for the carnivores and a meatless one for vegetarians. Done! (vegan with optional meat) – Not an official pasta per se, but it works here! This is a really fast, simple, yet complex-tasting base recipe that can be enhanced with either tofu or chicken.
From other blogs:
- Lightening-Fast Cheesy Three-Pepper Ravioli with Italian Sausage (lacto-ovo with optional sausage) from Two Healthy Kitchens – The veggie-loaded skillet and delicious ravioli make for the perfect dish. Just cook up the sausage in a separate skillet for the meat-eaters’ versions. Easy peasy!
- Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad (lacto-ovo with optional chicken) from Snappy Gourmet – Just leave the chicken out of some or all of this one and you still have veggies and flavor to spare. Love the creativity!
- Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini (lacto-ovo with optional meat) from Cooking Classy – This recipe starts out vegetarian. Just add some cooked chicken or sausage for the meat-eaters and everyone’s ga-ga!
Veggie-Filled Enchilada Pasta Casserole (with optional ground beef)
Valentine's Day Dinner Recipes
There’s one table that doesn’t require a reservation on Valentine’s Day: yours! If you’re planning a night in with your sweetie, these deliciously decadent dishes will make your meal just as special as if you had gone out.
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Heart-Shaped Lasagna Bundt
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Spinach and Goat Cheese Crostini
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With just about 300 5-star reviews, Ina's steak recipe is doable for even beginner cooks. The secret is simple: start out with quick sear and finish the steaks in the oven with a pad of butter over the top. She serves the steaks with a Roquefort-chive sauce, which sounds fancy, but only requires three ingredients.
Roasted Oysters with Garlic-Parsley Butter
These simple roasted oysters are guaranteed to make your Valentine's dinner feel extra special.
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Spicy Lobster Pasta
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Engagement Roast Chicken
Gnocchi is the perfect dish if you want to cook together on Valentine's Day. You don't need a ton of ingredients and, no matter what the little potato dumplings look like, they'll taste delicious!
Heart-Shaped Pizza for Two
With a few little tricks, you can transform a regular pepperoni pizza into a special heart-shaped treat. We take a few shortcuts, like store-bought pizza dough and sauce, so that it comes together quickly, but don't worry, we won't tell anyone it wasn't a labor of love.
Linguine with Shrimp Scampi
40-Cloves-of-Garlic Chicken Alfredo
This rich, creamy pasta is perfect for a Valentine's dinner for two. if you're both garlic lovers (and you're not dating a vampire!). Otherwise, enjoy it on your own with the rest of that bottle of wine you just opened and avoid the Valentine's hype.
Cozy and comforting, Ina's gratin is always a hit (300+ reviewers can't be wrong!). Pro tip for a seamless date night: Put the dish together ahead of time and start with some light apps while the gratin is in the oven. Then you can play the "Oh this? It's nothing." card when you execuse a perfectly timed dinner.
- A home cook has shared her simple recipe for the perfect spaghetti carbonara
- Ayeh Far shared a now-viral TikTok video showing how she makes the Italian dish
- You'll need spaghetti, shiitake mushrooms, eggs, hard cheese like Pecorino
Published: 06:25 BST, 14 April 2021 | Updated: 07:23 BST, 14 April 2021
A home cook has revealed her simple four-ingredient recipe for the perfect spaghetti carbonara - and why you should never add cream to the dish.
Ayeh Far, from Sydney, shared a now-viral TikTok video showing exactly how she makes the classic Italian dish that's traditionally made with raw eggs.
'The key to making an authentic carbonara is not to use any cream. The creaminess comes from mixing egg and Pecorino Romano cheese which creates a creamy silky sauce in minutes,' she explained.
To make the dish in less than 15 minutes, you'll need spaghetti, shiitake mushrooms, eggs, hard cheese like Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano and black pepper.
Ayeh Far (left) has revealed her simple four-ingredient recipe for the perfect spaghetti carbonara - and why you should never add cream to the dish
The four ingredients you'll need to create a classic carbonara
- Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano
The recipe typically includes spaghetti, eggs and cheese.
But Ayeh has added her own twist to the classic by creating a 'meatless' version using shiitake mushrooms.
'I've used shiitake as it gives a rich flavour and meaty like texture and is a good substitute for bacon,' she explained.
She started by adding two egg yolks, an egg, black pepper and freshly grated Pecorino cheese.
'If you're still adding cream to your pasta carbonara then today's the day to redeem yourself and make it right,' Ayeh said.
She sliced the mushrooms and sautéed in a pan until they are browned.
Next, she cooked the pasta in heavily salted water. Ayeh then used a splash of pasta water to 'thin out' the sauce.
She took the mushrooms off the heat, added pasta, and poured the sauce through, stirring until the ingredients are well combined.
'Give it all a good mix together. It would create a silky, creamy carbonara,' she said.
'There's no better way to show your loved ones you care than by making them a nice big bowl of comfort food so get cooking and whip them up this magical dish.'
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Relax with our fun and easy recipes, perfect for sharing with your household. We've got traybakes, tear-and-shares, dips and one-pan recipes.
One-pan nachos with black beans
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Tear-and-share feta flatbreads
Scatter classic antipasti over flatbreads for a simple and delicious starter that's great for sharing. Using quality ham makes all the difference
Gather together all your favourite nibbles and combine the best of a cheeseboard and charcuterie platter for this indulgent selection of party food
Beef & chorizo empanadas
Think of these beef and chorizo empanadas as a kind of South American pasty. They can be baked or fried and are tasty served with guacamole and sour cream
Indulge in French fries topped with melted cheese, ham and pickles. Serve as a side dish or an easy snack for entertaining friends and family
Crisp and slightly salty shallow-fried halloumi fries make perfect party food. Great with a sprinkling of za'atar and a spicy yogurt for dipping
Meatball marinara fries
Top oven-cooked fries with meatball marinara for a crowd-pleasing sharing platter. Ideal for an evening in with friends
Cheese & pesto whirls
These herby tear-and-share bread rolls have mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes baked into them - perfect for a picnic or for dipping into soup
Chocolate concrete with caramel sauce
Update a classic school-dinner recipe by using caramel sauce instead of pink custard to serve alongside chocolate squares. Kids (and big kids) will love it
Cheese-stuffed garlic dough balls with a tomato sauce dip
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Husband’s Delight Casserole
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The Date: July 4th weekend, 2000
The Setting: A tiny little 2 bedroom apartment located in Southeast North Carolina.
“Are you sure you don’t want to go out to eat tonight?” Husband Man asked as he watched me slip out of my black high heel shoes.
I gave him a look of exhaustion as I walked into our tiny little bedroom. I proceeded to change out of my work clothes, into a pair of jeans and a snug t-shirt and replied:
“I had a really long day at work and the last thing I feel like doing is jumping back into the car, driving to a restaurant, and waiting an hour to eat dinner. I’d rather make something here.”
He glanced at me with a hesitant look as he answered, “Ok. Then we’ll eat dinner here. What do you feel like making?” I could sense his mind was preoccupied with something that was bugging him.
I decided not to question it and figured he would tell me if he felt comfortable enough. I smiled as I thought about what I wanted to make for dinner and said, “Your favorite! Husband’s Delight!”
As I proceeded to brown the hamburger meat and mix the spaghetti sauce, he started talking about his day….the good, the bad, and the ugly of being a Specialist in the U.S. Army. I heard it all that evening and part of me wondered if this was the reason why he looked preoccupied earlier.
Unloading about his stressful work day seemed to help, however, I noticed while we were eating that he had a nervous smile on his face. When I asked him if he was ok, he responded with, “Of course! Never been better!”
We did the dishes together then settled down in the living room to watch Everybody Loves Raymond (our favorite show back then) on tv. Half way through the show, he stands up and tells me he has to go out to his truck because he forgot something.
Not giving it a second a thought, I smiled and said, “Ok. Hurry back!” A few minutes later, he came back with that same nervous smile. This time, it was also mixed with a mischievous grin, kind of like “I know something you don’t know” type of grin.
I smiled back, not really understanding why he was acting so strange.
Before I could ask what was going on with him, he kneeled down on the floor in front of the couch, took a tiny black box out of his pocket, opened it and asked, “Will you marry me??”
Shock and happiness spread across my face as I finally realized why he was looking nervous the entire night. I, of course, said yes to his question. How could I not??
He explained minutes afterwards that his original plan was to take me out to dinner and propose then, however, he had to think of other plans because I wanted to stay at home that evening.
It’s an inside joke in our house now that he proposed to me over a plate of this yummy Husband’s Delight Casserole! The name is VERY appropriate!
This casserole is the love child of lasagna and beef stroganoff. When you think about these two dishes together, it doesn’t add up. However, somehow in this recipe, they are perfect together.
My mother found it while looking through a cookbook she purchased from a few fire fighters.
I guess she figured if it’s a recipe from a fire fighter, then it has to be good! She was correct! When I met Husband Man all those years ago, I would make this on occasion for him. It’s been with us for 17 years and we hope it will be a treasured family favorite in your collection as well!
Looking for more casseroles like this one? Then check out the casserole section on the site!
Homemade Spaghetti Os – Recipe
More than 150 million cans of Spaghetti Os are sold each year, many of which are consumed by children.
There’s just something about those cute little os in the cheesy tomato sauce that is irresistible!
Spaghetti Os were a common sight in my own elementary-school lunchbox, much to the bemusement of my traditional Italian grandmother.
I remember her once picking up a can, reading the label, and saying to me, “This is NOT food.”
When Campbell’s introduced the idea of canned spaghetti back in 1965, I think she may have cried.
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With kids still in school for a few more weeks, it seemed like a good time to try and create a homemade Spaghetti Os recipe—no high fructose corn syrup or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Healthy spaghetti os! And yes, they fit perfectly into a lunchbox thermos.
Maybe alongside one of these lunchbox-friendly healthy recipes:
I used anellini pasta for a traditional Spaghetti Os shape, but you can easily substitute whatever small pasta shape you have on hand.
These spaghetti os can be dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. For gluten-free homemade Spaghetti Os, just use a gluten-free pasta.
They even make gluten-free quinoa anellini if you want a true Spaghetti Os shape but wish to keep it gluten-free.
Nutritional yeast is a completely natural–and very healthy–product that can be found at Whole Foods, on Amazon, or in the natural food section of many regular grocery stores. It is high in protein and boasts an impressive list of vitamins.
Don’t get it confused with brewers yeast or the yeast you’d use for bread. Here, it is used to give the homemade spaghetti os a deliciously cheesy flavor.
Our Best Pet-Friendly Recipes
This scramble is packed with nutritious veggies like spinach, bell pepper and eggs to help keep your dog&aposs coat shiny!
Sweet Potato Skin Treats for Pets
Dog Photography by Shaina Fishman and Sweet Potato Skin Treats Photography by Peter Ardito
You only need three ingredients to treat your pet to this party-worthy app.
These treats will taste as sweet as candy to your four-legged friend, and the natural health benefits of pumpkin will even help soothe (and trim!) his tummy.
K-9 Ingredient Meatballs
Meatballs are always a good idea, especially when they&aposre packed with grains and veggies.
One-Ingredient Dog-Friendly Banana Ice Cream
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All you need are frozen bananas to make this chilled treat for Fido.
These strips of jerky have carrots and cranberry sauce in them, perfect for your pet on Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Barley with Turkey
Top human portions with grated sharp cheddar cheese and chopped scallionslish!
Meat & Potatoes Hash
Share an Irish dinner with your pooch on St. Puppy&aposs Day.
Tiny Turkey Burgers for Your Dog
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You pets deserve to enjoy the cookout fun! Throw a couple of these on the grill for your four-pawed pal.
Brewer&aposs yeast is rich in B vitamins and antioxidants and has been found to help repel fleas in dogs. Turn the ingredient into a treat your pup will love to eat with these biscuits.
Real Dogs Eat Quiche
Real quiche with real ingredients for your very real pets. Add green salsa to the human portions for a bit of heat.
Half for you, half for your pup!
Mini Muttballs & Ditalini
Pasta for pets is totally a thing.
Power Pooch Smoothies
Smoothies for pets? They&aposll love slurping it up as much as you like chugging it down.
Take the extra time to add a powdered sugar dusting around a bone cut-out. Your pet deserves it.
Howl-oween Hairball Helpers
High-fiber diets can help control hairballs. Adding canned pumpkin (a good source of fiber) makes these treats just as tasty as they are practical.
Sensational Salmon Cakes
Savory fish cakes will keep your pup feeling (and looking) good.
Doggie Tuna Casserole
You and your pup can enjoy a dinner as romantic as Lady and the Tramp&aposs!