As I am getting busier and busier, I realize that I don’t really have time to try and make fancy or complicated dishes like I used to before. I started to make random dishes from random ingredients out of my fridge, and some of them taste really good but only take minutes to make or prepare. To keep up with my blogging habit and allow myself to have regular posting schedule, I will be posting all of them here (of course the good ones!!!). This is a series of quick recipes what I have been creating and making daily since forever. I am still able to make up a good dinner in a short period of time with very simple ingredients by making one or more simple dishes and put them together. If I can do it, I believe you can too! Now let’s start…


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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Servings:2 hangry students or 3 nerds


– 4 handfuls of dried macaroni

– 3 strips of bacon
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 can of salmon/tuna
– 1/2 canned whole tomatoes
– 1 tbsp sugar
– 1 tsp pepper
– 1 tsp sesame oil
– 4 tbsp hot sauce
– 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
– 2 stalks of rosemary


1. Boil a large pot of water to cook our macaroni. Add salt after the water boils, and cook the macaroni al dente (still a bit hard and under-cooked).
2. Cut the bacon into small pieces;
Crush and mince the garlic;
Dip the fresh rosemary into the boiling macaroni water swiftly to soften the leaves, then remove stalks. Mince the leaves with garlic
In a large bowl, crush the whole tomatoes into pulps, mix in sugar, pepper, sesame oil, hot sauce, and balsamic vinegar
3. Drain the water from the pasta, saving 1 cup of starch water and put the empty pot back on the stove
Slowly cook the bacon bits until crispy and golden brown. Add minced garlic and rosemary
Add in canned tuna/salmon and stir well
Add in the sauce, stir to blend in all ingredients, and let simmer for 5 minutes
Add in the under-cooked macaroni and stir well. Let the sauce reduce for 5 minutes or until it thickens and coats the pasta. Add in the starch water that we saved if the pasta is not cooked through before the sauce thickens
4. Serve hot

– This recipe is straight forward. You can basically replace bacon with any left over meat you find in the fridge. It could even be tofu, fried tofu, veggies like carrots, cauliflower… Make sure you cut them small enough and stir fry them well before you add tuna/salmon
– The canned fish can be flaky, chunky, or a whole slice. You can just break them into really minced pieces when you cook them before mixing in the sauce
– I used a long and twisted macaroni in order to capture the sauce with it when you scoop it up. But it works for all pastas, either spaghetti, or linguini. The sauce can even be used to make lasagna if you’d like!


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