What do you cook when you don't feel like cooking?

Joined Sep 5, 2008
Some nights I just don't have time, or I simply don't feel like cooking. Tonight I was tired and didn't feel like spending 1h+ in the kitchen. I'm sure some of you probably feel the same sometimes - so maybe we can share our quick-but-delicious recipes?

So tonight, as is often the case when I don't feel like cooking anything fancy, I made spaghetti carbonara:

• Place a big pasta pot full of water on high, and when boiling, add coarse salt and spaghetti.

• Meanwhile, beat a couple of eggs (I use 2 eggs for 2 people) with a good amount of grated 1/2 parmeggiano reggiano and 1/2 pecorino romano, lots of black pepper.

• Place a medium skillet on low with minced bacon or pancetta (I know the authentic recipe uses guanciale, but I've never seen any around here). Lots of black pepper. Cook very slowly.

• When pasta is ready, take a bit of the rendered bacon fat out of the bacon skillet so you have 1 or 2 Tbspn left. Add one laddle of pasta water. Deglaze and take the skillet off the heat and add the drained pasta.

• Add the egg/cheese/pepper mixture and mix.

Serve. Add more cheese if necessary.

It's a fast recipe, and yet it's delicious if you get the sauce right (it should be smooth like melted butter, with none of the egg coagulated).
Joined Oct 23, 2008
Yea there are a lot of pasta dishes you can do fairly quick. Really fresh stuff too with diced tomatoes. I like to add in some sundried tomatoes and let them simmer a little then add just a bit of cream and parmesan, ends up kind of like a vodka sauce. Last time I made fresh whole wheat pasta.. let it be known that doesn't fall under the purvey of quick when you are mixing, kneading, resting, rolling, and cutting it on a chitarra.

Tonight I didn't feel like making much of a mess, or really cooking much. So I just grabbed a red onion, nice ripe tomato, and a cucumber. Grilled two chicken breasts, and whipped together a balsamic vinaigrette. Served over mixed greens with feta and a couple boiled eggs.
Joined Jan 20, 2010
mac and cheese out of a box.

I did make butternut squash ravioli with brown butter sage sauce for school tonight.:peace:
Joined Aug 13, 2006
If i'm alone, i eat cereal.
If not, or if i need something more salty, then i make straccetti with rughetta.

Wash the rughetta, put in a flat bowl with salt, pepper, oil and lemon and mix.

Put some garlic in a pan with olive oil and some sage and plenty of black pepper. Let it fry a minute and then add the thinly sliced meat (I'm lucky, they always have it in the supermarket, and i always keep some in the freezer. Stir while it cooks.

Take it hot and dump on top of the rughetta. Add some wine, dry vermouth, dry sherry, or other mild alcohol or if i donlt have that i use water. Deglaze and pour over all.

takes less than 2 minutes.

Pasta is always good, and will sometimes make aglio, olio and tuna. But you have to wait for the water to boil and the pasta to cook. Many times i get home at 8:30 and am too hungry for that.
Joined Oct 9, 2008
Broiled Chicken
Buy one chicken. Cut it up. Season generously with salt and pepper. Spray the broiler tray with oil. Put the chicken on it, skin-side down. Set under slightly distant broiler about 10 minutes, until very deep gold. Turn chicken and continue cooking until done. Serve with whatever bottled sauces seem appropriate.

If you can cut up a chicken fast, this is really easy. Of course the cooking part does take 20-25 minutes, but it's not like you have to do anything.

Coarsely chop onion, carrot, and anything else in your fridge that will take long cooking and isn't actually furry. Old mushrooms are terrific, for example, as are bits of leftover meat and poultry. Sweat 5 minutes in olive oil. Add lots of chopped garlic of you like, and for sure a quart or so of frozen stock, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to a medium simmer. Ignore for 30 minutes to an hour.

Check seasoning. Add garlic, leafy greens, sausage, or whatever else shouldn't cook too long. Add a couple generous handfuls of small pasta or rice. Return to the boil, stirring, then simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, and check seasoning again.

If you've got frozen stock, this is a no-brainer. It's also irritatingly healthy. It does take a while, but again, you don't have to do anything about it. You also clear out your fridge of all kinds of odd things you were on the verge of having to throw away.

Actually, I often do both. If I start at 5:30, I've got a great dinner by 6:30, and most of the time I don't have to do anything at all. I'll usually also have good leftovers to take to work the next day.
Joined Aug 18, 2009
My cheap/fast/easy favourites are;
-Premade ravioli with garlic and chilli flavoured olive oil and shaved parmesan
-Sushi/sashimi (depending on what I have around)
-And those asian two minute noodles ;)
Joined Jan 2, 2007
I just gently heat some good olive oil with chopped garlic, a finely chopped chilli, and then throw in some cooked spaghetti with a handful of parsley and a good grind of black pepper and a pinch of sea salt. Sometimes i'll add parm, mostly not as I like the clean flavour.
With a glass of ice cold Chablis or Sauvignon Blanc I find this far better sometimes than a meal i've spent a couple of hours on.
The older I get the simpler my tastes have become, I like to savour (and taste) every ingredient in the dish.
Joined Aug 25, 2009
Some nights its creamy mushrooms on slices of toast and a Chablis or crepes suzette, or a deconstructed shepherds pie with the potatoes sliced thin not mashed, a soup , some nights its stilton, apple and crusty bread with a glass of Riesling, or just salmon on a bed of greens with Chardonnay .
A good stir fry (whatever is in the fridge)....fast and easy on udon noodles or rice....
Joined Sep 29, 2009
Linguini, Heavy Cream, Butter, Green Onions, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Salt, Garlic Powder.

Cook noodles
Slowly heat cream, butter, and grated reggiano to a fast simmer
Add salt and garlic powder to the sauce
Add pasta and sauce to large warmed mixing bowl and toss
More cheese on top

I'm off today so that's my lunch plans.
Joined Apr 3, 2008
roasted potatoes and onions with a little garlic and rosemary, preferably with two over med eggs on top. not a lot of fussing around after a quick chop on a couple of spuds and a onion. place in oven, have drinks till smell draws me back into the kitchen, fry two eggs. easy peasy.
Joined Aug 11, 2000
pretty much all the above....
last night it was Afgan bread, about 14" round, 1/3" thick..chewy texture. topped with:
local sausage cooked in pan with sliced red onion
calamata olives
mozz and some sharp cheddar
eating the remainder for breakfast now.

sometimes just a glass of milk and hard ginger snaps.....dunk at will.
Joined Sep 29, 2009
Peas would be good, but I have no peas. I did have a bit of parsnip and that got diced and put in. It was good.
Joined Aug 29, 2000
All too fussy except for those who responded "breakfast" in one fashion or another.

Scrambled eggs with cream cheese bits
poached eggs on english muffin
Oatmeal (extra thick oats cooked in water for all of three minutes with cinnamon, raisins and chopped walnuts

I'm not feeling well right now; those are the only ones that came to mind.
Joined Sep 5, 2008
Another one we'll do once in a while (perfect for winter time) is French crepes: eggs, flour and milk, bit of salt and sugar, mix, let rest for 1/2 hour, make the crepes and eat. The first one (or the first couple if you're hungry): as soon as one side is cooked, flip, break an egg, add shredded ham and grated swiss cheese, salt and pepper, finish cooking and serve. The following ones will get sugar, sugar and butter, sugar and lemon juice, sugar and rum, nutella, creme de marrons, banana, apples, jam, etc.... although my favorite is still sugar & butter or sugar and lemon juice! Keep it simple! OK so banana+nutella is pretty good too. :lol:
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