If I had a nickel for every time someone whined that they didn’t have the time to throw together a simple dinner from scratch, I’d have two, maybe even three bucks by now.
Truth is, with a little forethought and creativity, you can enjoy life-affirming meals in less time than it takes to make mac & cheese from the box – literally – without breaking the bank. Talent in the kitchen isn’t even a prerequisite. If your basic culinary skill is at, say, the Paris Hilton level, these tips will improve the quality of your chow and leave you with plenty of time to do whatever it is that’s keeping you hipsters so damn busy.
GO BIG, OR GO HOME
PIMP YOUR TONGUE
KEEP YOUR NOODLE FRESH
ROLL WITH IT
DINE AND DASH
To prove my thesis, I’m dropping my Aglio Olio recipe on you. Put on your Iron Chef hat and find a challenger willing to stir up some mac & cheese. If your pasta doesn’t kick its butt, I’ll give you your nickel back.
Six Minute Aglio Olio
2 servings fresh angel hair pasta (or dried if you have an extra 2 or 3 minutes to spare)
Bring a pot of water to a boil (then start the clock if you’re taking the challenge).
Add salt to the water, then add pasta. Cook according to directions.
In a sauté pan over medium high heat, add oil, minced garlic and chili flakes. Sauté for 1 minute, or until garlic just begins to turn golden. Remove from heat until pasta is cooked. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Add pasta and reserved pasta water to sauté pan. Add zest, parsley and black pepper. Toss thoroughly and top with cheese.