Once upon a time, I could not cook.
Some might argue I still cannot. That’s for another post. This post is about how I used to REALLY not know what I was doing.
So much so that while I was in college, I lived off of a concoction I called cheesy spaghetti. This recipe fueled my hungry, poor soul with its mere three ingredients: a pound of noodles, a pound of cheese and a splash of marinara sauce. I ate this exclusively for, like, three years.
I was such a monster about my cheesy spaghetti, too.I think I literally force fed this pot of crap to every friend I have ever had. Like, no one could critique me. Ask for salt & pepper and I will ask you to leave type of thing. It actually came up in conversation a couple of weeks ago. All of my friends decided to admit that they always hated the cheesy spaghetti and suffered through it so I wouldn’t get my feelings hurt. Thanks for the feedback, guys!!!
Now if I serve someone dinner and they ask for salt and pepper, I just murder them with my eyes for the rest of the evening. I’ve evolved.
Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 4
- 1 lb. of pasta
- 4 tomatoes from the vine, cut in half
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, rinsed
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 tbsp. of garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp. of olive oil
- 2 oz. of fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp. of fresh basil, chiffonaded (roll with it)
- 1 tsp. of crushed red pepper
- S+P, to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Arrange tomatoes on a lined baking sheet
- Drizzle with a tbsp. of olive oil + S+P
- Roast for 40-45 minutes
- Once cooled, add tomatoes to a food processor
- Add 2 tbsp. of garlic + S+P, process until almost smooth
- Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, drain
- Heat another tbsp. of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
- Add onion + S+P, cook for 3-4 minutes
- Add rest of garlic, cook another minute
- Add tomato sauce, cook for 6-7 minutes
- Add 1/2 of the parmesan cheese + basil + crushed red pepper + S+P
- Pour in pasta + rest of the olive oil + mozzarella, turn off the heat
- Once combined well, serve hot with more parmesan
- Sit in adult high chair + put on a bib + eat with your hands like the giant baby you are