I like to think I live a pretty busy life. I wake up and go to work, where my days are spent making top moments in sporting events and ESPN programming accessible to people on social media. It’s a pretty dope gig, and I love every minute of it. But like I said, it’s busy.
When I’m not working, I’m recipe testing, trying to make my blog better, and doing my best to being a half adult. And sometimes, my busy life gets the best of me, and I need a break to completely remove myself from everything in the world besides Netflix and food.
When I was in college, my life was even more busy. I balanced an internship, job with Stony Brook athletics, a full 21-credit course-load, all while doing my best to go out and hopefully dance my butt off at the bar. My budget was tight, my stomach was empty, and I came up with this concoction to take me through those Sundays where I had absolutely nothing to do. It happened roughly once a month.
I call it “fancy Italian kid” because of the garlic, Parmesan and oregano. However, call it whatever you want. Change up the ratios, add more garlic if you’re a lover or add more cheese if you’re me. It’s up to you. Just promise that while you eat this dish, you’ll be completely removed from everything like I am when I dive in. It’s really the best way to enjoy.
Fancy Italian Kid Macaroni
- 1 cup dry Cavatappi pasta
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil, add pasta and cook for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat, drain pasta, and preserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients, and add in pasta water as needed if pasta sticks together.
- Serve immediately for best taste.