Whatever, if it isn't ground beef and sauce sauce sprinkled heavily with cheese I want NO PART in its consumption.
Ukh! Here in Italy even suggesting to put ketchup in your pasta is a good way to get assaulted!
Obviously it really depends on the quality of the sauce, but even a mediocre tomato sauce (with basil, of course!) will win against ketchup. Well, ok, tastes are tastes on the other hand... But at least tomato sauce is way more healthy!
As suggested, pasta with butter and something else its a really good and really cheap alternative (the go-to meal if you feel too lazy to do anything that day :p).
I dislike ketchup in general. I would agree that with a fancy meal it kinda insults the chef who made the meal from blood and tears if you splash the plate full of ketchup. On the other hand I don't care what you do with your food and I would never start bitching to anyone about using ketchup (or "ruining" the food any other way).
I was quite confused when my more gourmet friends got really angry at the fact that I was looking for ketchup to help the spaghetti go down better.
Apparently one does not insult pasta of any kind with the presence of ketchups.
Besides hot-dog condiment, what would I use the ketchup for, then? I saw it as a cheap and handy stand-in for better tomato sauces.
Also, these friends are foreign. I'm pretty sure that most people here have this tradition of using ketchup on spaghetti, as plebeian and farmer-like as that may be.
So, is there seriously a schism between people when it comes to ketchup on spaghetti?
Tomato sandwiches go great with ketchup and/or mayo.
Ketchup does NOT belong on hot dogs. I'll let my man Cecil Adams speak:
Besides hot-dog condiment, what would I use the ketchup for, then?
I was sitting at the Montreal Pool Room eating my all-dressed hot dog and suddenly the question hit me: why is there no ketchup in an all-dressed? Is ketchup not as respectable a condiment as relish or mustard? Is there a conspiracy? Does Dirty Harry's remark about ketchup in a hot dog have anything to do with it? I would be so thankful if you could shine a light on this obscure bit of knowledge for a passionate and perplexed user of ketchup.
— Paul Macneil, Dorval, Quebec
Paul, I know you don't mean to act like an alfalfa-chewing barbarian, but this is like asking why Leonardo didn't paint the Mona Lisa on black velvet. Ketchup is destructive of all that is right and just about a properly assembled hot dog (and we're talking about a pure beef hot dog, not one of those things you could serve with dressing on Thanksgiving).
Ketchup smothers the flavor of the hot dog because ketchup makers add sugar to their products. That takes the edge off the highly acidic tomatoes, but it takes the edge off everything else, too. Which is exactly why a lot of parents like it, according to Mel Plotsky, sales manager for the David Berg hot dog company in Chicago. (Chicago is one of the hot dog's holy cities.) Put ketchup on it and a kid will swallow anything — and from there it's a straight shot to Velveeta cheese, Franco-American spaghetti, and Deborah Norville.
For that matter, you want to watch the mustard, too. Plotsky says your mainstream brands like French's put in too much turmeric and whatnot. What you want is some unpretentious mustard like Plochman's that enhances rather than competes with the flavor of the beef. You should also steam or grill rather than boil your hot dogs — water leaches away the flavor and softens the wiener till it becomes non-tooth-resistant mush.
But — getting back to the original question — you say you like the taste of tomatoes. Fine, then eat tomatoes, as God meant them to be eaten — fresh sliced and piled on top of the hot dog. The recommended ingredients of a hot dog with everything, in order of application, are mustard, relish, chopped onion, sliced tomato, kosher pickle spear, optional peppers, and celery salt. (Many think you have to get kraut in there too, but Cecil wants a hot dog, not Oktoberfest.)
People get pretty emotional over the ketchup question. Mel Plotsky opened our discussion by describing the condiment as a "catchall of garbage." Over at crosstown rival Vienna Sausage, they refer to ketchup as the "K-word." If you go into an authentic hot dog joint and ask for ketchup on your hot dog, the counterman will pause and look you in the eye. He may or may not say, "Ketchup?" with a tone of disbelief. But you may be certain what he's thinking: "Behold this creature that walks like a man. It wants ketchup on its hot dog."
But hey, if you want ketchup, by all means get it.
— Cecil Adams
One of the secret hobo recipes is as follows:
1 package of ramen noodles
3 ketchup packets
Open ramen noodle package and discard flavoring packet. Boil noodles in water, preferable clean. When 'al dente', drain noodles and top with ketchup from packets.
So no, you're not crazy. It just means that you're a vagrant. I'm cool with that.
Ketchup is for kids because it has a monotone taste that overpowers the more subtle flavor of whatever else you're eating. That's why kids like it, because they don't like being able to taste things that aren't sweet. Adults should not use ketchup for anything unless they find their dietary preferences unchanged from when they were ten.