Friday Food: Egg Salad and Spaghetti-O’s

TGIF my Friday Foodies. Have I found some lovely treats to share with you this week!

What were your favorite foods as a child? What do you remember about summer days? Because, let’s be honest, I think most of us picture childhood as endless yards and sprinklers and swing-sets. I know one of the two things I looked forward to when it was time for lunch or dinner was fresh egg salad. Maybe it’s a bit odd for you to imagine this as a childhood favorite, but for me there was something special about the way my Mom made egg salad. There was a smoothness, a crunch, a tangy aspect and so much more. I’ve grown now and I still love this treat. Yes, it’s a treat, I mean after all it’s basically eggs and mayo, and mayo is eggs and vinegar. Eggs Eggs Eggs. FTW.

Egg Salad

Egg Salad

What you need:

  • 5-6 hard boiled eggs (try buying a bag of Eggland’s Best. Perfectly hard boiled and peeled, ready to go!)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 green bell pepper – diced
  • squirt of yellow mustard
  • splash of lemon juice
  • black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix your eggs and mayo together until you reach a desired consistency
  2. Add in your spices, mustard, lemon juice, green pepper or whatever else you want
  3. Serve alone, on bread, a bed of spinach or in a wrap!

The next thing on my childhood favorite’s list is hearing the can opener and learning we were allowed to have Spaghetti-O’s for dinner! Extra points when it came with the little meatballs too! Well, enter Pennies on a Platter who introduced me to the concept of making your own. Full disclosure I’ve tried canned pasta as an adult and I don’t know WHAT I was thinking as a kid. This recipe is one of my favorites now. I’ve made it 3-4 times in the previous 2 months. Everyone at work is always jealous and I fed it to Jason and he approved too! For my own tastes, the sauce makes enough for 3-4 servings, so I have been doubling the recipe and freezing.

Homemade Spaghetti-O’s with Meatballs

Homemade Spaghetti-Os with Meatballs

 

What you will need:

  • 1 cup (8 oz) pasta (Ditalini works lovely, but I found if you buy Lipton Soup Secrets Ring-O-Noodle and then rinse off the rings, it looks more authentic! Or if you’re lucky you live in an area where ring pasta is actually sold on its own)
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • Spices: Garlic powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package mini meatballs

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to package, set aside
  2. In a large pot on medium heat combine tomato sauce and tomato paste
  3. Stir in spices to preference (start with about 1/4 teaspoon garlic and black pepper, dashes of red pepper flakes and salt)
  4. Mix in butter and stir until well blended
  5. Reduce heat and add milk. To lower the risk of curdling use whole milk
  6. Finally, add the cheese, stirring constantly and removing pot from heat element if possible
  7. Place pasta and sauce in serving bowls, add mini meatballs (heat meatballs if needed) and enjoy!

What do you think? Were either of these your favorites as a kid? Are you a parent with kids who love them now? Or maybe an adult who is looking forward to new recipe ideas? Let’s talk food it’s one of my favorite topics. Yum. Yum.

3 thoughts on “Friday Food: Egg Salad and Spaghetti-O’s

  1. Julie, I’m SO glad you posted this. When I’m trying to shop healthy Spaghetti-O’s is one of the hardest things to pass up! It’s one of my favorite comfort foods. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    If only I could find a homemade Stouffer’s Mac’n’Cheese…

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