Whether you're headed to a hotel, motel, or even a dorm room this summer, here is one great recipe for cooking a satisfying, healthy meal without a kitchen. I'll let you in on a secret. Of all the appliances I bring when dodging home, one is a rice cooker. You can set the timer on "white rice" and your spaghetti will be done to a "T". Reset it on "white rice" and homemade meat sauce will be done perfectly. This white rice setting takes a little over 30 minutes, much less time than a conventional crock pot.
1/2 - 3/4 pd. spaghetti noodles
1 can 24 oz. spaghetti sauce
1 pd. ground beef 85-90% lean
onion, pepper, garlic (optional)
Fill rice cooker 3/4 full of tap water. Break spaghetti noodles and place in pot. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook on "white rice" setting. When complete, drain. I have a "motel bag" that contains a small sieve, cooking utensils, larger bowl, and a can opener. Place in small bowl, top with a bit of oil, and toss. Move to the side to reheat in microwave when spaghetti sauce is done.
Add canned spaghetti sauce to rice cooker. Break raw meat into sauce. Chunks should be about 1 -2 inches in length. Add favorite seasonings: salt, pepper, Italian herbs, some chopped onion, garlic, and peppers- if desired). Cook on "white rice" setting. Stir when through.
Heat noodles in microwave and top with sauce. Then sprinkle a bit of Parmesan cheese on, if available. I will usually purchase a microwaveable bag vegetable. Just 'zap' in the microwave while putting together everyone's plate.