I've been in the habit of making spaghetti with my own "special" cheese mix for the kids for years now. This is because my two kids will not normally touch tomato sauces of any shape or form. Correction: My youngest definitely not; My oldest is slowly coming around to the awesomeness of real tomato pasta sauce. In the meantime, as I said, cheese serves the place of tomato sauce to my young kids' palates.
So what happens when I find I don't have any cheese and it's spaghetti night?
I might have abandoned spaghetti altogether and gone with rice or noodles instead. But on this night, I responded to the challenge differently. What else might my kids like on their spaghetti? Well, if there's a list of three things most kids cannot refuse, it would be: cheese, sugar and peanut butter. Peanut butter!
I might have thought the idea was crazy if I hadn't ever tried an amazing dish years ago that I suddenly remembered that distinctively incorporated peanut butter. I don't even remember the name or details of this dish. All I remember is that it tasted awesome. And I was sure my kids could hardly refuse to eat peanut butter in any shape or form - even on spaghetti.
So I looked up 'peanut butter sauce' and found out there is such a thing. This page is a good example. In fact, that's the point of jump off for what I did myself. By that I mean, I took the basic idea and ingredients listed there and modified my own sauce according to availability of items in my pantry. That is, I had do without certain things like the sherry, and the soya sauce. And I tried as best I could to replace those and other items with similiar ingredients.
OK. So maybe that doesn't look quite as appetizing as promised. But my daughter actually liked it. So I guess you'd call that a success. Personally, I wasn't all that happy with the taste. If I was going to do it again, I'd go to the store and buy the suggested items from the website above and follow the recipe, as Collette would say in the movie Ratatouille. I'll leave the improvising on this one until I know more what I'm doing.