So for the very first Celebrity Test Kitchen broadcast I chose Tamar Braxton's Famous Spaghetti. I am a huge fan of The Real and I absolutely love the cooking segments that they do on the show. I found this recipe on The Real's website and decided it was perfect to test out.
So to fairly judge and give my opinion on any recipe, I feel that it's important to follow the recipe exactly as written. Here is the recipe for Tamar's Spaghetti:
grape seed oil
1 package of spaghetti noodles
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
3 cups of chicken broth
1 large onion
1 green bell pepper
5 large tomatoes
1 tablespoon of kosher salt and black pepper
1 chicken bouillon cube
4 slices of white american cheese
a bunch of basil
1. Boil noodles.
2. Add grape seed oil to medium heat.
3. Chop the tomatoes, onions and green peppers and add to oil.
4. Add onion powder and crushed garlic. Add salt, pepper, chicken broth, bouillon cube.
5. Add the heavy whipping cream and cheese while stirring.
6. As it melts, pour in the noodles and basil. Serve.
So the most time consuming part about this recipe is all of the chopping. Once thats done it is very simple to throw together. So what was the verdict on this recipe you ask?
First of all, I could tell while I was chopping the vegetables that the measurements were off. The amount of vegetables could have definitely been cut in half. I was also cringing a bit when I saw the four slices of white american cheese in this recipe. With all of the amazing choices of cheese out there, I think white american would have been my last choice. I must say that adding the fresh basil to this recipe was awesome. I just love fresh basil.
This recipe had potential, but there are some major tweaks that would have made this dish a winner. So as I mentioned before, I would have cut the amount of veggies in half and used a different cheese. I also would have added some protein like chicken or shrimp and including some crispy bacon pieces would have taken it to another level. The sauce was way too thin because of all of the chicken broth. Cutting that down to one cup and adding heavy cream would have resulted in a thicker sauce. Overall this recipe received a 5 out of 10 from me. I love Tamar but not this recipe so much. I must admit, after we doctored it up it tasted great.
Photo of Tamar Braxton courtesy of thereal.com