Man Cooking: 3 pasta recipes that fill and impress
Tucking a few pasta dishes under your belt will help you entertain like an Iron Chef (or at least feed yourself).
Everyone cheers when a man knows how to make spaghetti. It’s because knowing how to make pasta (and understanding the basics of making a sauce) opens the doors to all sorts of culinary wonders. With just a bit of tweeking, the average spaghetti dish can be transformed into meals that are decadent!
Don’t let different types of pasta confuse you. They all taste good and, generally, sauces work well between different types of sauces; there isn’t a pasta Nazi who will hurt you for putting spaghetti sauce on elbow noodles instead of spaghetti noodles. Pasta is inexpensive. Experiment!
When it comes to the firmness of pasta, it’s entirely up to you. While al dente (firm) is favored by many chefs quite a few people admit to liking their pasta a bit softer. For starters, follow the instructions on the package which usually require at least 8 minutes of boiling. Try a strand; if it’s too hard for you, let the pasta boil for two more minutes. If it’s perfect, turn off the heat and strain the water out using a colander.
Greek Salad- Perfect for warm weather, Greek pasta salad is a chilled pasta dish that is full of color and flavor. It’s the sort of thing your mom would smile about if you brought it to a picnic. Note: skip the homemade salad dressing. Buy Greek or Classic Italian salad dressing in a bottle.
Badass Mac N Cheese- With bacon! Now I know you want it. While you can use boxed macaroni and cheese and toss in some cooked bacon, aim a bit higher and start from scratch if you have time. Any meal that includes cheese baked to a golden brown is life, death, and heaven all in one casserole dish.
Fettuccini Alfredo- There are plenty of Alfredo sauces in jars that are sufficient for a good start to this dish. Jazz up the sauce with some diced mushrooms, a medium diced tomato, and a handful of fresh spinach for color. Get fancy and toss in a few cooked shrimp! (Most seafood department staff members can steam peeled shrimp for you at no additional cost.) Warm the sauce, add your toppings and let it simmer for about ten minutes. Add it to your cooked pasta.