Sunday, March 17, 2013

Coal Miners' Style Spaghetti

When the Coal Miners’ of Yesteryear’s returned home from a hard day at work, they used to buy all the ingredients on their way back rather they bought what they found on their way and made a delicious Spaghetti with the ingredients for Supper hence the name Coal Miner’s Spaghetti.

The weekend arrived a little early this time and we were at home on Friday hence I made Coal Miners Spaghetti for Lunch and we both were happily contended with this wholesome dish. I did make my adjustments, the original recipe used Pancetta (Italian, Croatian and Slovenian Bacon) which I replaced with diced Chicken and used whole Red Peppers & Button Mushrooms too. Hopefully the Coal Miners of today will even find these on their way home and will not mind my going out of the way!

Here is what you need to make Coal Miners Spaghetti:
(This recipe will server 2 people)

Spaghetti : 200 gms – I have tried with 250 gms before, but it becomes too much for the 2 of us, depends on your appetite, I think 200 should be good enough.
Chicken Stock Cube : 1
Chicken Breast : 1 – diced
Button Mushrooms : 3-4, cleaned and thinly sliced
Red Pepper : 2 – chopped
Eggs : 2
Red Chili Sauce – 1 tsp
Green Chili Sauce – 1 tsp (If you do not have this then use 1.5-2 tsps of Red Chilli Sauce)
EVOO : 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Black Pepper : 1 tsp
Parsley : a handful – chopped
Italian Seasoning : 1 tbsp
Cheese of your choice : grated

How to make Coal Miners’ Spaghetti:

Heat a Pan with rapidly boiling water with the Chicken Stock cube in it, break 200 gms from Spaghetti from the middle and add it in, cook as per instructions on the pack – once done – drain into a colander, wash with Cold water to stop the cooking process and keep

Heat 2 tbsp of EVOO in a Non Stick Pan

Stir fry the diced Chicken pieces till they change color, if you insert a toothpick, if it comes out clean, the Chicken is done

Add the sliced Button Mushrooms and the chopped Red Peppers and keep stir frying

Add the Chili Sauces and keep stirring

Create a cooking surface to scramble the Eggs on the same Pan – scramble 2 Eggs with a little Oil and Salt and Pepper; mix with the rest of the ingredients in the Pan

Add Salt, Pepper and Italian Seasoning and mix well

Add the Spaghetti win and toss around so that the sauces and the spices coat the Spaghetti nicely

Add chopped Parsley and mix well. Do a taste test and if you need more of anything, go ahead

Once turn off the Stove, garnish with shredded Cheese and Serve

My other homemade Spaghetti (with Shrimps) recipe is here

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