Big Bang Theory Inspired Pasta with Frankfurters

I love TBBT. One of my favourite characters is Mary Cooper. Her mixture of strong self-belief and excellent people skills make her one fictional person I enjoy watching a lot (I apologise for any poor word choices here – my husband is currently bouncing the boy in a rather loud fashion).

She is also said to be a great cook and whenever Sheldon is sad, she whips up his favourite comfort food: spaghetti with little cut up Frankfurters. Mary is also quite ignorant when it comes to foreign cultures, so when I’m making this dish, I have a little voice in my head commenting on food the way she probably would. All ingredients were chosen, because they’re a) an established part of the average US kitchen (none of that fancy foreign muck), b) sounded Italian or c) had Italian written on them.

Serves 3 (You need lots of food to grow up strong).

  • 350g pasta
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1kg passata
  • 3tbsp tomato puree
  • 4tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 3tbsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 20g butter
  • dried chilli, salt and pepper to taste
  • a dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 Frankfurters
  • 50g grated cheese

Boil the pasta in salt water. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the onion and garlic and fry. Slice the Frankfurters and add to the pan, frying until browned on both sides. Add the tomato puree, passata and ketchup, then season with salt, pepper, chilli, Worcestershire sauce and herbs. Simmer for 15min.

Serve with grated cheese sprinkled on top. Yum.

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