Now that I’m well into college, anxiety has begun to sink its sharp little claws into my brain.
It’s only the sixth week of this semester, for crying out loud, I’m already drowning under a sea of assignments, and quizzes, mandis and project proposals..
I have constant fears that I’ve forgotten an assignment, or a reading, or left something somewhere etc. etc.
I’ve been posting a lot less too. Not that I haven’t been cooking…that I’ve been doing every day. It’s just the documenting part that gnaws at me, that I do not like doing in the least. Anyhow, I decided to update with this short post. A very easy to make pasta. Warm, comforting, saucy, with just a hint of spice. Add some rosemary. Some chili garlic sauce. Put your own spin on it. And lemme know how it turns out.
Stir-Fry Pasta with Ground Beef
1 packet of pasta, of your choice
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup sliced onion
½ cup ground beef
1 teaspoon salt, leveled *or to taste
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed black pepper
½ teaspoon chili flakes, leveled
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
½ teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon soya sauce
½ teaspoon vinegar
2 Tablespoon oil
1 bell pepper (aka capsicum), chopped
Cook pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
In a pan, heat the oil. Fry the chopped onions. When golden brown, add the ground beef, mix. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly. When the beef changes color, turns white from pink, add ¼ cup of water along with all the seasonings; salt, black pepper, chili flakes, garlic powder, oregano, and sugar. Mix to combine.
Now lower heat, and add the vinegar, ketchup, and soya sauce. Reduce flame, and let it simmer for a minute or two.
Then add in the chopped bell pepper. Toss well. Cook for a minute more on high flame.
Then add in the boiled pasta. Mix well.
Garnish with some chopped coriander or green onion, and serve hot.
Adjust the chili flakes, and the black pepper according to how spicy you like it.
If you want to make the pasta more ‘saucier’, add a tad bit more ketchup. You can add in a teaspoon of tomato paste too.