Pasta ala Random

You’ve got some random stuff.  Make a random pasta.  With butter.


  • Pasta
  • Let’s call it 3 tbs butter
  • Let’s say 1/3 cup of pasta water
  • Half an onion – diced
  • A few cloves of garlic – minced
  • Some meat (I like sausage)
  • Stuff to compliment meat (Mushrooms are yummy, so are peppers and tomatoes)
  • Pepper flakes are a good idea, parsley is optional,
  • Parmesan is not
  • Saute pan, pot, collander, tongs


  1. In saute pan, brown off meat.  Set aside
  2. Cook onions for a bit, add compliments as you see fit.  don’t forget the salt.  When the pasta is almost done add the flakes and the garlic
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta.  don’t forget to salt the water.
  4. When the pasta is done grab a couple of ladle fulls of pasta water and drain the pasta
  5. Here is where it gets fun:  turn the saute pan to medium low, push the veggies to the side melt the butter, whisk in some pasta water.  a sauce will form. taste, add butter and water till you have enough sauce to coat the pasta.  add salt if you need it
  6. Put the pasta and the meat in pan, toss to combine
  7. Sprinkle on some parsley (or not)
  8. Plate, Grate on some parm, eat.

You can do this with anything.  It’s easy and delicious.

Another recent variation – shrimp and tomato.

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