Ingredients for Spaghetti Surprise
Spaghetti: The quantity you can wrap between your thumb and index finger.
Beef: 5-6 normal cuts
Tomato Stew: 600 mls or 20 fl. oz.
Pepper and salt (to taste)
Onions: 1 medium bulb
Seasoning – 2-3 stock cubes cubes & Thyme (1 teaspoon)
Before you cook the Nigerian Spaghetti Surprise
Make some Tomato Stew if you do not have any.
Break the spaghetti into short pieces. I usually break one strand of spaghetti into three pieces. Please if you have any Italian friends, don't let them see you breaking up spaghetti! LOL
Cut the beef into small pieces. It is best to buy the part of beef that has streaks of fat in it. This greatly improves the taste of this recipe.
Wash and cut the cabbage, green pepper and green beans into small pieces. Also wash, scrape and cut the carrots into tiny pieces. Cut the onions into small pieces and remove the green peas from the pods. If you will use tinned green peas, simply drain the preservation water and rinse with some fresh water.
Cook the beef with the onions, thyme and stock cubes (Maggi or Knorr).
While the meat is cooking, start cooking the spaghetti in a generous amount of water.
When the beef is done, add the Tomato Stew. Add the vegetables, salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 5 minutes.
When the spaghetti is done to your personal preference, drain the water and pour the mixture of beef stock and tomato stew you prepared earlier into the pot of spaghetti. Stir well, cover and leave to stand for about 5 minutes.
The Spaghetti Surprise is ready to be served.
The Spaghetti Surprise is perfect when eaten on its own but feel free to eat this dish with Fried Plantain.
Tips for Cooking Spaghetti
Spaghetti should be cooked with a very big pot. That is to say, the pot should contain the spaghetti and still have plenty of unused volume.
Spaghetti should also be cooked in plenty of water. The quantity of water should be at least double the quantity of the spaghetti.
To cook spaghetti, first of all, boil water; add a few spoons of vegetable oil to the boiling water and add the spaghetti. Stir the contents very well and cover the pot. With some spaghetti, you need to stir till the water starts to boil again before covering the pot.
The large amount of water, the boiling water and the vegetable oil altogether prevent the spaghetti strands from sticking together while cooking.