Introduction: Spaghetti Recipe

Not everyone is taught how to cook growing up. As people grow to be adults, they need to learn how to cook for themselves. Not all recipes are quick and affordable. Most people live busy lives and at the end of the day do not have energy to cook. These set of instructions set out steps for making a quick, affordable, and delicious spaghetti dinner.


  • Aluminum Foil
  • Two Stirring Spoons
  • Pasta Fork
  • Cutting Knife
  • Measuring Cup Set (1 Cup and 1/4 Cup)
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 4 Quart Pot
  • Large Saucepan
  • Noodle Strainer
  • Baking Pan

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

  1. Portion your ingredients to the list provided below. If you feel the need to change the amount of ingredient used to cater to your desirable taste, feel free to do so.
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic ($0.50)
  • Garlic Texas Toast ($2.99)
  • 1 cup of Merlot (red wine) ($4.99)
  • 32 oz bag of long spaghetti noodles ($2.29)
  • ½ of 45 oz Traditional Prego jar ($4.59)
  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil ($4.79)
  • 4.25 oz can chopped olives ($1.99)
  • 4-6 Cremini mushrooms ($1.12)
  • 1/4 cup of lightly dried chopped basil ($4.59)
  • 1 Roma tomato ($0.48)

Step 2: Prepare the Cookware

  1. Start a stove-top burner on high to boil 3 quarts of water for the noodles. This will take a while.
  2. Start another burner on medium heat for the saucepan adding 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Gather all other cooking tools for easy access.

Step 3: Chop the Vegetables

  1. Chop up the mushrooms, tomato, and garlic. Olives are already chopped in the can.

Step 4: Cook the Garlic

  1. Add the chopped garlic to the pan and stir in the oil.
  2. Wait until the garlic is nice and browned to add the rest of the vegetables. This gives the garlic a nice roasted flavor.

Step 5: Cook the Vegetables

  1. Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, and olives to the pan.
  2. Add 1 cup of Merlot to let the vegetables cook in the wine. This gives the vegetables a more robust flavor.
  3. Add ¼ cup of basil to the vegetables and let them cook for 5-7 minutes.

Step 6: Adding the Tomato Sauce

  1. Add half of the Prego jar to the pan and stir.
  2. After mixing the tomato sauce with the vegetables, put heat on low and let the sauce simmer.
  3. Check on the sauce while cooking the noodles in Step 7 to ensure it will not overcook.
    • To identify overcooked sauce, look toward the edges of the sauce pan. The sauce is overcooked when clumps are visible and stuck to the pan surface.
    • If sauce is overcooking lower the burner heat, remove clumps with the spoon, and stir them into the sauce.
    • If needed, add more wine and basil for more flavor.

Step 7: Cooking the Noodles

  1. Add half of the bag (16 oz) of long spaghetti noodles to the boiling water.
  2. Stir frequently for 11 minutes.

Step 8: Bake the Garlic Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 425℉ directly after putting the noodles in boiling water.
  2. Prepare the baking sheet with aluminum foil to prevent the bread sticking to the pan.
  3. Place garlic bread on the pan and in the oven for 5 minutes once oven is ready.

Step 9: Finishing Up

  1. Strain the noodles once they are completely cooked.
  2. Take the bread out of the oven.
  3. Keep the sauce and noodles separate so the noodles will not get soggy if there are leftovers.
  4. Now you should be ready to eat!