Tragic experiment: What Honey Boo Boo's 'sketti' says about healthy, inexpensive food

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  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Nov. 21, 2012 9:04 a.m.

    Its spelled Sketty not sketti.... don't be so illiterate... oh, wait!

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Nov. 21, 2012 6:54 a.m.

    I don't understand what would posses anyone to put margarine in a spagetti sauce? I think most poor would just do the pasta and ketchup. Though I think you can get canned pasta sauce for less than the cost of ketchup? It's all made out of tomatoes but with the canned sauce you may get another veggie or two mixed in.

  • Michael De Groote
    Nov. 20, 2012 2:41 p.m.

    The continuation of Jessie Price's recipe from


    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes or according to package directions.

    2. Meanwhile, place 1 tablespoon oil and garlic in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is sizzling and fragrant, 2 to 5 minutes. Add sweet potato, bell pepper, tomatoes and water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell pepper is tender-crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and keep warm.

    3. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the vegetable mixture, the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, parsley, tarragon, vinegar (or lemon juice), salt and cheese; toss to combine. Add the reserved pasta water, 2 tablespoons at a time, to achieve the desired consistency.

    You can also find the full recipe here:

  • Michael De Groote
    Nov. 20, 2012 2:35 p.m.

    Jessie Price, the editor for the cookbook "EatingWell on a Budget," emailed me a nice recipe that I originally wanted to use in the story. It didn't fit, but I paste it here because it sounds tasty:

    Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Pasta
    8 ounces whole-wheat angel hair pasta
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    3 cups shredded, peeled sweet potato, (about 1 medium)
    1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
    1 cup diced plum tomatoes
    1/2 cup water
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
    1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar, or lemon juice
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

    (I'll put the rest of the recipe in the next comment)

    You can also find the full recipe here:

    (By the way, Deseret News staff can post URLs in comments)

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:13 a.m.

    The very existence of 'honey boo boo' in our lexicon and culture says a lot about us, too. And it's not good.