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Spaghetti for One

on March 7, 2014

Image courtesy of Suat Eman/

I love pasta—chicken and noodles, mac and cheese, lasagna, goulash . . . spaghetti. But for years, I thought of spaghetti as a group meal. I couldn’t figure out how to make it for one person, especially since I wanted to include garlic bread. Because let’s be honest: spaghetti without garlic bread is Fazoli’s without breadsticks. You might as well just eat Chef Boyardee.

On the other hand, I didn’t want to buy a whole loaf for just me. That always led to either eating too much bread or having to throw bread away. And you should never have to throw bread away.

But I’m not the kind to give up, and I finally worked out the perfect system. So, for those of you looking for a way to enjoy spaghetti for one, here’s how I do it:

First, create your sauce. Yes, you can make it from scratch, but the point of this is quick and easy. I like to use one jar of spaghetti sauce with sausage and one with lots of veggies–Ragu’s Garden Combination with two servings of vegetables in every half cup is a definite winner. And since I love zucchini, I add a can of zucchini in tomato sauce. Mmm!


Stir it all together. Then spoon the mixed sauces back into the jars.


Put whatever doesn’t fit–because of the zucchini–into a microwaveable bowl for the first meal.


When it’s time to eat, preheat your oven and start boiling water. Boil just enough spaghetti for one. This is about right for me (I break it in half):


Now, the pièce de résistance: individual, frozen slices of garlic toast! Seriously, this was a revelation.


Maybe I need to get out more.

You should now have spaghetti and bread going at the same time.

By the way, did you know keeping a wooden spoon in a pot of boiling water helps keep it from frothing over?


Don’t forget to flip the bread when it’s half done.


Poor, lonely, single slice of bread.

Once that and the pasta are about done, microwave the sauce for about a minute. Strain the spaghetti, then mix it with the sauce.


Sprinkle on a little cheese. I like mozzarella. And voilà! Spaghetti for one.


(Sorry the pic isn’t prettier. Clearly, I need to work on my food presentation skills.)

You should get another five or so servings out of this, depending on how much you eat. I’ve found the jars of sauce last in my fridge for several weeks.



3 responses to “Spaghetti for One

  1. Carole Brown says:

    I’ve been hungering for spaghetti! Like your combinational sauce!

  2. aleaseb says:

    I love this idea Sharyn! I’m going to try it with mushrooms and sausage. This week. I’ll let you know how it goes. And all the pics are great too. I’m not much of a cook but this post makes me want to get into the kitchen. Nice job!

  3. sharynkopf says:

    Thank you, Carole & Leasey!

    Leasey, definitely let me know how it turns out for you. 🙂

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