9 Ways To Make Your Lifetime Supply of Pasta More Interesting
Carbs are important, and as a student it’s also vital to be frugal. That’s where your 10kg bag of Penne pasta comes in. But having it for 9 days in a row can get boring if you don’t know what to do with it.
Here’s a list that’ll keep your taste buds and your bank balance happy.
Not predictable – a classic. Plus it’s relatively cheap. Mince – if you’re not too fussy – can be as little as £3.00 for 750g. That’s just 50p per portion. All you really need is pasta, mince and a tin of tomatoes. And if you want to make the tomatoes a little more flavoursome add some garlic, onions, herbs, stock and a tablespoon of Marmite (trust me, it works).
Yes another obvious pasta dish. BUT you wouldn’t usually make a lasagne with penne pasta. Stop being particular and get rid of the pasta sheets; make it with layers of penne instead! For lasagne you need everything for the Bolognese with the addition of cheese and white sauce. You can easily buy white sauce but if you have flour, butter and milk then you might as well make it yourself. It’s so easy to do and means you get to watch that extra episode of Breaking Bad instead of walking to the nearest supermarket in the pouring rain.
3. Penne Carbonara
Just because tradition calls for Carbonara to be with spaghetti doesn’t mean it has to be so. White sauce, pancetta and mushrooms are still as good with penne as they are with spaghetti. For £1.50 you can buy two portions of pancetta bacon. Use the white sauce you used for the lasagne and you still have a completely different but tasty (and cheap) dish.
4. Pasta Bake
Every student’s favourite. Just throw your favourite ingredients together and let the oven do the rest. All you have to do is go back to your room, play a couple of games of FIFA, and wait for the oven to beep. For the bulkers out there Tuna and Sweet corn is a popular combination. For a more Mediterranean taste, chorizo, chicken and peppers will really tickle your senses. And don’t forget the cheese. The golden, bubbling, blanket that tops your dish is what makes the bake truly irresistible.
5. Chicken and Red Wine Sauce
“Bit too posh for a student” I hear you cry. Not if you get the sauce out of a tin. It’s a good one to cook in bulk as it freezes well. A tin of red wine sauce serves three giving you two meals to freeze for those days when you’re so hungover the only thing you can manage to do is press a couple of buttons on the microwave. Besides the sauce, all you need is chicken and pasta. You can go for the luxurious fresh chicken breast or pop to Iceland and get the frozen chicken that’s already chopped up for you: easiest dish in the world.
6. Chicken Nuggets and Pasta
Please note: This list never claimed to be gourmet. Who wants chicken nuggets and chips when you can have chicken nuggets and pasta!? Just add a dash of tomato or bbq sauce and voila! Your dish is complete. So, why pasta over chips? Pasta is what you’ve got in your cupboard right now and chips are all the way down the road sitting in a supermarket freezer.
7. Prawn Pasta
Prawn, lemon and pasta can be a great combination. And don’t worry about having to fork out for a fresh pack of prawns – look out for supermarket deals on bags of frozen prawns, they taste just as good and it means you can save some for another day.
8. Salmon and Pasta
If you love seafood, don’t stop at prawns. There are a lot of restaurants out there serving salmon with pasta right now. That doesn’t mean to say that because the dish is on a restaurant menu it can’t be made at home. Salmon is so easy to cook, especially with frozen multi packs. Just shove a fillet in the microwave, make that good ol’ white sauce again, boil some broccoli and mix it all together with the infamous penne pasta.
9. Basically anything with Pasta
Pasta goes with anything – it’s that simple. You want steak and pasta? Go ahead; No one will judge you. Promise.