How to Make Pasta Alà First, Last and Security

by Dydo Diem

Moving can leave your bank account running on empty; here's how to make a dish to impress with whatever you can find in your fridge (that you didn't forget at your old spot...!)


  • Pasta (I mixed two open boxes)
  • Half a tomato
  • Open can of olives
  • Red bell pepper
  • A piece of salami
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato paste
  • Salt
  • Instructions

    Step 1


    Step 2

    Smash garlic so the skin peels off easily

    Step 3

    I chop one finely, break one up, and leave one whole, smashed clove

    Step 4

    Preheat oil in pan on medium heat

    Step 5

    Lightly brown garlic in oil

    Step 6

    Slice salami in rings (and notice that your husband must have eaten most of it in the middle of the night)

    Step 7

    Then cube; I cut mine fairly small as there was not much

    Step 8

    Toss in salami to brown slightly (you don't want to cook it - I might do this after cooking down the red pepper a bit)

    Step 9

    Remember you're using fresh bell pepper and slice madly as you wonder why you didn't roast them first or cook then before the salami

    Step 10

    After removing interior/seeds, slice into strips then in half (go as small as you'd like)

    Step 11

    Toss in pan - do this before the salami and cook down with some white wine at high heat if you happen to have any in your pantry (you want them to wilt)

    Step 12

    Discover roasted red peppers and wonder why you didn't save yourself the trouble

    Step 13

    Slice olives into rings

    Step 14

    Add olives to mix

    Step 15

    Slice tomatoes

    Step 16

    Then dice

    Step 17

    Add tomatoes to pan and let them cook down (again, with white wine if you have)

    Step 18

    Open Parmesan to discover that your husband also got into this in the middle of the night!

    Step 19

    Add the crushed red pepper that you had left out for your husband's sake even though -you- love spicy!

    Step 20

    Add a bit of tomato paste just to make te sauce more "saucy"

    Step 21

    Add a bit of water from the boiling pasta (it contains starch which will both make your sauce more wet and thick) and cook down

    Step 22

    When water boils, add pasta and cook until al dente

    Step 23

    Drain pasta in the designer colander you purchased today because it shouldn't only be your husband who's allowed to spend too much money on inane objects

    Step 24

    Add drained pasta to sauce on low heat and toss (add olive oil as necessary) until everything is well incorporated

    Step 25

    Buon appetito!

    Step 26

    Leftovers so your hardworking husband has something to eat when he gets home ;-*