Kooking with Karl – Post 3

It has been a long time since we have done a cooking blog post but our friend and shipping partner, Karl, made us his delicious spaghetti at our rented apartment in Cartagena so that is what will be featured on our blog today.

While staying at Vista Villa in Nicaragua, just outside of Masatepe, Karl made us some spaghetti and it really blew us away. His spaghetti is much more salty than any we have had before. Additionally, he uses salami in his sauce which pairs great with the saltiness.


  • 1 package of spaghetti noodles
  • 2 medium sized ripe tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 package hard salami
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Ground pepper
  • Other seasonings to taste


Begin heating water to cook noodles. While it is heating, add 3 tablespoons of salt to the water to cook into the noodles. This is critical! Most of the salt will remain in the water but will add a slightly salty flavor to the noodles. Karl said that if you break the noodles in Italy, the Italian will kill you with their stilettos so keep the noodles whole! Keep a small amount of salty water to combine with sauce. Drain the remaining water.

For the sauce, chop the onions and begin to sauté in the olive oil. Once they have become translucent, add minced garlic and sauté for one minute as well as chopped salami. Next, add chopped tomatoes and cover to cook for five minutes. Add salt, ground pepper, and other seasonings to taste. The sauce may be prepared before the noodles and cooked for an extended period of time to combine flavors, but can be finished at the same time.

Combine the noodles with the sauce and mix together over low heat for a few minutes, then serve!



Oh and Karl says you need to have a sip of beer between steps to keep a good rhythm!



  1. Ok, so I love food and all, and salt…. But I thought it was common practice to put salt in the water. Is it not? Also, I know you have your truck back so why you leaving us out in the cold? Since removing alcohol I have found new addictions, and one so happens to be waiting for your updates…sad I know.

    1. We always put salt in the water before, but Karl put A LOT of salt in the water… way more than we ever had and it really added a nice strong flavor.

      We do have the truck back and are just waiting for a few more photos to add to tell the story! It should be posted in a few days so keep an eye out buddy.

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