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Food: Cheap and Dirty

September 17, 2010

I never feel like take-out.

Well, I guess that’s not entirely true. I like take-out (and by take-out I mean getting cheap, greasy food delivered) with friends, when its inconvenient to cook or I’m in a festive mood. With a group of people it seems like it has a purpose.  But take-out  by myself seems empty. Having someone bring me food feels like a cop out, especially when I know I can make most anything I could get delivered better than it will arrive (read as: most take-out is not very good, not “I think I am the world’s best chef”). But, while it’s rare that I don’t feel like cooking at all,  there are times when I don’t feel like making a big production.

Maybe I feel  a little under the weather.

Maybe I’ve worked an exceptionally long day.

Maybe the big shots invited me out for post-meeting drinks (and man, they can drink).  Or it was trivia night and by the time I got home I couldn’t order pizza if I wanted to. Maybe both.

Whatever the cause, this cheap and dirty meal is quick, filling, and indulgent without leaving you full of remorse the next day. Plus, it just tastes good. The ingredients are simple, and you probably have them in your house already:

cheap, and so easy it makes you feel dirty

Chicken Broth, plus salt.

Short Pasta (my preference is ditalini or pastina, but you can use anything short – orzo, shells, fusilli)

Parmesan cheese. I always have this fresh to grate, but the green can would work fine.

If you have it, a tablespoon of lemon juice.

Boil water. Cook pasta. Put pasta in broth. Add lemon juice if you want. Dump liberal amounts of cheese into bowl. Add more cheese. Stir. Eat.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2010 11:50 am

    La minestrina! I reminds me when I was a kid!

  2. September 17, 2010 6:11 pm

    Take out or it’s even lazier friend delivery is an indulgence, something I’ll do when it’s crappy out, I’ve been stuck in traffic for 3 hours (it happens too often) or I just just don’t feel like cooking or haven’t been shopping for 3 weeks. It feeds into my somewhat antisocial nature.

    Sigh. So when I come home have a 2 hour long skype business meeting and all I’ve got in the fridge is a 6 pack of Octoberfest and a bag of salad it’s time for delivery. 9 times out of 10 I’ll call the fab pizza place and have the pizza fairy deliver me something with caramelized onions, sausage and roasted red peppers along with a salad so I feel better.

    My quick and dirty meal is very similar to yours but it involves udon noodles, broth and mushrooms. Simple, filling and fast.

  3. October 7, 2010 8:19 am

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