Hi there! I'm Rachel, a postgrad student studying Clinical Animal Behaviour from London. I'm a big 80s music fan, and have a secret love for Marvel movies.
Now I think it’s obligatory at this point to say that students are supposed to be a certain stereotype when it comes to cooking. Pot noodles, microwave meals, etc. But what if I could tell you there are some amazingly simple pasta recipes out there that you can create extremely easily, and on a student-friendly budget. After all, who doesn’t like pasta right? Here are my two favourite pasta recipes!
So there are obviously two ways to go about making a carbonara – the student way and the Italian way. But what if I could tell you that the Italian way was just as simple?
- 2 eggs
- 200g spaghetti
- 3 rashers of streaky bacon, chopped
- ½ tsp mixed herbs
- ½ tsp ground garlic
- 75g grated parmesan
- Salt & pepper
- ½ tsp oil
- In a saucepan, boil some water and add the spaghetti. Use some tongs to make sure all the spaghetti is covered.
- In a frying pan, add the chopped bacon and fry with the garlic until crispy. Once done, move to one side.
- In a bowl, separate the eggs and keep the yolks to one side (this is what we’re using). Then add the cheese, herbs, salt and pepper and mix until combined.
- Once the spaghetti is cooked (after around 8 minutes), add it to the frying pan with the bacon and garlic and stir. Add the egg yolk-cheese mixture and combine. Add a little pasta water and mix until the pasta becomes creamy.
- Serve with some parmesan on top!
Cajun Chicken Pasta Bake
Pasta bake is another staple to have as a student, but this time I don’t mean just grabbing a jar of sauce and adding it to a dish. This one’s just as easy, but so much healthier!
- 200g penne pasta
- 1 carton of passata
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tsp crushed garlic
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 tbsp cajun chicken seasoning (jar)
- ½ red pepper
- 1 onion
- 50g peas (optional)
- Chop up your chicken into small slices and place in a bowl with the cajun chicken seasoning.
- Chop up your red pepper and onion and put to the side.
- In a saucepan, boil some water and add the pasta.
- In a frying pan, heat the oil and add the chicken. Once it goes white, add the onion and pepper and fry until golden.
- Add the crushed garlic and tomato puree, mix and leave to cook out for 2 minutes.
- Add the carton of passata, some pasta water, peas and some more cajun seasoning.
- Drain the pasta, add to the frying pan and mix well. Add it to an oven-proof dish with some grated cheese. Leave in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese has melted.
- Serve up with some garlic bread!
Note: The chicken can easily be replaced with a meat-free substitute like the Quorn chicken-style pieces.