As a millennial, it’s important to not only know how to cook — it’s important to know how to cook well. Money is tight, so eating out all the time isn’t a smart decision. Instead of microwaving, ordering in, or begging your mom to make you dinner; try making one of these easy (millennial-friendly) recipes:
Post-Grad Pasta Recipe
Is there a millennial that doesn’t love pasta? If so, I’ve never met one. Which is why this dish is so important for every day millennials. This simple pasta and meatballs recipe is easy and will make the perfect weekly meal (or, every single day meal). Here’s the recipe:
- 3-4 Trader Joe’s Turkey Meatballs (1 serving’s worth) Substitute: homemade meatballs, another brand of pre-made meatballs, sausage, chicken, etc.
- 1 serving of whole wheat spaghetti Substitute: regular spaghetti, another shape of pasta
- 3/4 cup Rao’s Tomato Basil Sauce Substitute: any other jarred tomato sauce, homemade sauce
- Parmesan cheese, to taste – go with a real Parmigiano Reggiano, find out why in the Grocery Guide Optional
- Choose how you’re going to cook your meatballs – I preheat the oven to 350°F, wrap 3-4 defrosted meatballs in tinfoil, and heat them up in the oven while I cook my pasta. To defrost them, I just take 3-4 out and leave them in the fridge overnight to defrost by the time I get home for dinner. If your meatballs are already defrosted, you can either warm them in the oven as described or microwave them for 30 seconds – 1 minute. If your meatballs aren’t already defrosted, you can also cook them in the oven – it will just take longer. You can also defrost them in the microwave, but I’ve found this often dries them out. My preferred method is defrosting them and then warming in the oven, as described above.
- Boil water for your pasta (place the pot on the stove on high, there should be enough water in the pan to cover your pasta by about an inch).
- Add 1 serving of pasta (eyeball how much you want to eat, put that much in the pot, and simply tape the rest of your pasta box for a later date) to your boiling water and cook until chewable. For me, this is about 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Once your pasta is sufficiently chewable, drain the pasta. Add the pasta back into the now-empty pot you boiled it in.
- Add approximately 1/2 cup tomato sauce (to taste) to the pot with the pasta.
- Remove your meatballs from the oven and add them to the pot, tossing to coat with the sauce.
- Top with parmesan cheese.