Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pasta with Hot Dogs

My husband said I should have a better name for this. He said this dish elevates the hot dog. All I know is that it was good, easy, and the whole family loved it.

You'll need:
1 onion, diced small
olive oil
2 packages of hot dogs, sliced
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons brown sugar (or a brown sugar substitute)
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 large can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 lb pasta: I used wagon wheels but shells or bow ties or other shapes would be great too.

Coat the bottom of a pan with olive oil.
Cook the onion, stirring often to keep from getting over brown, just until it starts to soften.
Add the hot dogs and stir well. Let cook, stirring occasionally, until the dogs are to your liking (I like them well done).
Add the paprika, oregano, brown sugar and vinegar. Stir together well and let boil to reduce by half.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions and drain.
Add the tomatoes and the paste and stir well. Simmer gently until your pasta is done.
Toss the sauce with the hot cooked pasta.

Onions cooking in the pan

Adding the hot dogs.

Adding the spices and vinegar.

Stir together the pasta with the sauce.

A side salad makes it a meal.

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