Are you looking for an easy Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe that you can make in your solar oven? Well, here it is.
Almost all recipes for spaghetti and meatballs instruct you to boil the spaghetti in water until tender. Then drain off the water and add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce. Well, that might be great in my kitchen where I have plenty of water and access to fancy tools like a colander. But away from home, I might not have those luxuries. Solar cooking is about being outside. Solar cooking takes you away from home to the campsite, to the soccer field, to the tailgate party. I wanted an easy, one-pot recipe to make spaghetti and meatballs in my solar oven.
Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
Spaghetti and meatballs cooked in the solar oven is a one pot meal. Begin by adding the spaghetti to a solar safe pot and add the water. Then let the spaghetti sit to absorb some of the water. While the spaghetti is resting, gently stir and separate the strands so that they do not stick together otherwise you will have one really big clump of spaghetti. If using gluten free spaghetti, this step is really important. But don’t over stress either, after all– it’s only spaghetti. After the spaghetti has absorbed some of the water, add in the remainder of the ingredients. Make sure all of the spaghetti is covered by the sauce. While the spaghetti is heating, it will continue to absorb the water.
I cooked my Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs in an All Season Solar Cooker. The day was 80°F (26°C) and partly cloudy, blue skies with high wispy clouds. The cooker temperature reached 200°F (93°C). The spaghetti heated for 1 hour. It was hot and the spaghetti was tender and pliable but not mushy. (When I tried this with the gluten free spaghetti, the spaghetti was a little bit clumped together, but it was still soft and deliciously edible.)
- 4 oz thin spaghetti
- ½ cup water
- 12 oz spaghetti sauce
- 12 pre-cooked frozen mini meatballs
- grated Parmesan Cheese
- Set up the solar oven to pre-heat while preparing the ingredients,
- Break the spaghetti in half so that it will fit In a solar safe pot.
- Add the water. Let sit to absorb some water, but gently stir to separate the strands.
- When the spaghetti has absorbed as much water as it will, add the meatballs and spaghetti sauce to the pot. Stir to completely cover the spaghetti.
- Cover the pot and place into the solar oven.
- Let heat for about an hour or until the spaghetti is tender.
- Serve with grated Parmesan Cheese and breadsticks.
You can substitute browned and crumbled hamburger meat for the meatballs.
The time it takes to cook in a solar oven will vary depending on how hot the cooker gets.
Enjoy your Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs recipe. And please take a look at some of the other marvelous food that can be cooked in a solar oven.