learning to cook…

Yeah you read that correctly, I’m learning to cook. Cooking is not my thing, at all. I can do some very basic things but me preparing a delicious meal is not a common accomplishment. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been focused on improving my cooking skills. I’ve tried a few basic dishes but I’ve followed no true recipe, until last week.

Last week I made a pasta dish that turned out delicious. Thanks to a recipe I found on Pinterest and a few modifications, I made my first delicious dish. I’m linking the original recipe plus outlining my modifications below. Don’t expect food blogger quality here ha! I was so happy I made something editable I didn’t get a single decent picture. This is real life, we didn’t take pictures, we ate instead. Next time I have a moment of cooking greatness, I’ll be sure to get a decent pic.

This recipe is super basic but for me, it’s a starting point to a skill I plan to dramatically improve on. The original recipe is here. Also, these directions are not elaborate by any means because like I said, cooking is not my thing. I’m certain I cooked this recipe entirely wrong but it still turned out delicious.

Ingredients :

Serves 4 (mine made enough for 3 with leftovers for at least 2 more people).

  • 1 lb Ground beef. I used 90% lean
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic from a jar
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion
  • 2 cups Beef stock
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Tomato sauce
  • 8 oz Pasta shells, medium
  • 2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 dash of salt and a dash of pepper
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups or 6 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup Heavy cream


  • I boiled the noodles while cooking the meat (using the teaspoon of olive oil).
  • I mixed in the diced onions. When the onions looked cooked, I tossed in the garlic and seasoning.
  • I then drained the pasta and started mixing in the meat, beef stock, tomato sauce, and heavy cream. Once it all looked mixed, I slowly stirred in the cheese.

Easy as that, nothing fancy, and we had a delicious pasta dinner. I paired it with some garlic bread and steamed broccoli. The only thing I may do differently if I make it again is to maybe use less cheese. Thank the original creator of this dish and forgive my lack of cooking skills. ha!