Good Eats! Bring on the carbs

I want to talk (gush) about pasta. Thank [insert deity of your choice] for pasta.

If you know how to make ramen using a stove top, you are 1/3 of the way there (finally using some of that math stuff they teach us).

Before I share the way of Americanized pasta, you need to ask yourself a few questions to see if you are qualified for this feat.

1.    Can you boil water?

2.    Can you throw pasta against a wall? (keep reading)

Yes? Yes. Good. So you can try different combinations of noodles, sauces, and toppings, but please do a little research before making a mess!

A great (easy for dummies) resource that has a plethora of knowledge on all things food is Below you will find a collection of different things you could try, as well as two simple (and yummy) recipes for different types of pasta.

Fun types of noodles to try: Elbow Macaroni, Bow tie, Rigatoni, Cavatappi, Angel Hair, Fettucine, Farfalline, Manicotti, or Penne

Suggestions for sauces: Tomato-Based Red Sauces, Alfredo Sauces, or Cheese Sauces

Yummy add-ins: Meats such as beef, pork, chicken, tuna, seafood,  or steak

Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, carrots, mushrooms, peas, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and/or zucchini

Other stuff: cheese.. so much cheese, garlic, different herbs and seasonings.

Beginners should start small. This is NOT a “go big or go home” situation, trust me!

Tip: an easy way to make sure your noodles are ready to eat is to take a noodle and throw it against the wall, I know it may sound crazy, but it works. A noodle that is finished will stick to the wall.

The great thing about pasta is that you can buy it in bulk, it reheats well, and stores easily.

In closing I want to say that I in noooooo (NO) way consider myself an excellent cook, I was chosen because my cooking skill besides probably being quantified as a negative, gives me the ability to identify with a lot of college students in the scavenging for food department as well as finding the types of foods we eat and recipes that are easy to make.

Easy Goulash (Recipe by Molly Brook)
“Noodles in a mild tomato sauce with ground beef and cheese, an easy weeknight meal that’s also great left over. I sometimes add frozen or thawed peas to sneak in some veggies. You can really use any kind of pasta.”


1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni 2617137
1 pound ground beef
1 (10.75 ounce) can tomato soup
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes; drain macaroni and return to pot.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Stir tomato soup and tomato sauce into the beef; pour into pot with macaroni and stir. Transfer macaroni mixture to a 1.5-quart baking dish; top with Cheddar cheese.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is melted, 10 to 15 minutes.

Printed From 11/9/2015


By Shelbee Bradley, Guest Contributor