A decadent dish, Spaghetti with milk, sweet, smooth, and delicious. There’s nothing quite like a comforting bowl of pasta to satisfy your hunger and warm your soul. And when it comes to creamy and delicious pasta dishes, spaghetti with milk is a true standout. This simple yet satisfying recipe is a classic that has been one of my childhood favorites, and it’s easy to see why. With just a few basic ingredients and a little bit of know-how, you can create a mouthwatering meal that will please even the pickiest of eaters.
This step-by-step guide shows you how to make spaghetti with milk from scratch, including tips and tricks for achieving the perfect texture and flavor. Whether you’re cooking for one or feeding a family, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your kitchen.
Spaghetti with Milk used to be my favorite supper dish back home. I looked forward to a hot late dinner on rainy nights. Whether it was porridge or Spaghetti with milk, the smell of cinnamon and star anise was used to perfume the entire house.
The best way to enjoy this dish is to cook it with fresh milk. Too bad I don’t live on a farm. I would love to try the recipe with boiled fresh milk. The taste must be delightful, especially when the milk is boiled with cinnamon sticks. So grab your apron, and let’s get started!
Ingredients needed for creamy spaghetti with milk
- Milk: whole, 2%, or carnation milk is preferred.
- Whole Star Anise: this ingredient is necessary for seasoning to get the right flavors. Or substitute with anise extract.
- Cinnamon Sticks: for seasoning and can be substituted with ground cinnamon.
- Dash of Salt: to balance out the flavors.
- Pasta: Spaghetti, linguini, or vermicelli – long noodles are preferable.
- Lime Rind: for seasoning – this adds a light citrus flavor to the milk.
- Grated Nutmeg: for seasoning
- Vanilla Extract: for flavoring
- Butter: gives the sauce a silky texture
- Sugar: for sweetness
- Grated Parmesan Cheese, optional
Step-by-step guide to making creamy spaghetti with milk
- Begin by cooking the spaghetti, bring the milk to a boil with the cinnamon, lime rind, star anise, and nutmeg for 2- 3 minutes, enough time for the spices to release their aroma.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the pasta to the saucepan. Cook the pasta for at least 25 minutes or until the noodles are soft and fully cooked.
- The milky sauce will thicken slightly to create a creamy consistency. You must stir the mixture occasionally to about the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- When cooked, remove and serve immediately.
When the pasta is cooked in the mix, it absorbs the milk’s flavors and the spices. You always hear a culinary chef say to add spices when boiling pasta and that it is the best trick to make your pasta taste different.
This dish can be made with any pasta such as spaghetti, linguine, or vermicelli. Whatever the choice is, it will still be good. The timing will be different because of the thickness and shape of the pasta. The pasta is cooked in a seasoned milky mixture with vanilla extract, sugar, lime rind, and butter – everything that is already in your cupboard. So get ready to feel like a kid again and make Spaghetti with Milk.
Health benefits of the dish
While spaghetti with milk is definitely not a low-calorie dish, it does offer some nutritional benefits:
- Spaghetti is a good source of complex carbohydrates, which provide energy to fuel your body.
- Milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which are important for strong bones and teeth.
- Parmesan cheese is a good source of protein and calcium.
Note and tips:
- To make Spaghetti with Milk, you can use any size of Spaghetti, linguine, or vermicelli. Add additional milk if necessary.
- It is best to use a heavy bottom pan as the pasta tends to stick to the bottom of the pan or pot.
- Use a good quality Parmesan cheese for the best flavor. Freshly grated cheese will also melt more easily and create a smoother sauce.
- – Don’t be afraid to add more milk if the sauce seems too thick. The amount of milk you need can vary depending on the spaghetti brand and your stove’s heat.
- If preferred, this dish can also be served with grated parmesan cheese, or sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top.
Serving suggestions and presentation ideas
Spaghetti with milk is a comforting and filling dish that can be served on its own or with a variety of sides and toppings. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Serve the spaghetti with a side of fruit as dessert for a complete meal.
- Top the spaghetti with chopped nuts, such as pistachios, walnuts, or peanuts, for a pop of color and flavor.
- Sprinkle some extra grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the spaghetti before serving.
- 8 cups Milk
- 3 Whole Star Anise
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- Dash of Salt
- 1 lb Pasta Spaghetti, linguini or vermicelli
- 1 Lime Rind
- 1/4 Fresh Grated Nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 1/2 cup Sugar more if preferred
- Grated Parmesan Cheese optional
- In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, add milk, anise and cinnamon and bring to a boil.
- Add salt and pasta, lime rind. Once the milk starts to boil again, reduce heat to medium low and let pasta cook for about 25 minutes stirring occasionally so it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Add sugar, vanilla and butter and continue to cook until the pasta is fully cooked.
- Remove cinnamon stick and star anise and serve hot.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.
Nutrition info is automatically generated and provided as a courtesy and as an estimate only.
Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.
Originally published on October 29, 2013. Updated and revised.