Who remembers Spaghetti with Milk? Or do you still cook spaghetti with milk?
Spaghetti with Milk used to be my favorite supper dish back home. I remember on rainy nights; a hot late dinner was all my siblings, and I were looking forward to enjoying. Whether it was porridge or Spaghetti with milk, the smell of cinnamon and anise 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.
To make the recipe
There are many ways to make Spaghetti with Milk. Some people cook the pasta al dente then finish to cook it in a creamy milk and spice mixture. The spice mixture is usually made with cinnamon, anise star, and nutmeg. Let’s not forget the salt. Yes, salt! When you add a pinch of salt in boiled milk the taste changes.
Other people cook the pasta directly in milk and spice mixture, my favorite way and the best way to make this dish. When the pasta is cooked in the mix, it absorbs the flavors released from the milk and the spices. You always hear a culinary chef say to add spices when boiling pasta and that it 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 the 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.
To make Spaghetti with Milk, you can use any size 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.
This dish can be also served with grated parmesan cheese if preferred or sprinkle freshly grated nutmeg on top.
- 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.