Let me start this by saying: I am not a chef. Can I follow a recipe pretty decently and not burn the shit out of everything? Sure.
That’s why I’ve taken it upon myself to brave Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings. Yeah, I’ll admit, I mostly bought the cookbook because I’m a basic bitch who loves Chrissy. I think she’s hilarious and am totally jealous of her relationship with John. That being said, this is the only cookbook I own. I mostly just type things I have in my fridge into the Google search bar and find recipes that way.
Anyway, I made Chrissy's Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe. She instagrammed it earlier this week, and says it’s one of the favorites in her book, so I’m like, yeah, I like carbs, let’s try that out.
I’m not going to give the exact recipe away here, because I don’t want Betches getting sued for some sort of copyright thing, but you can, I’m sure, totally find the recipe on the internet or, like, buy the fucking book or something.
It combines parm, spaghetti, pancetta or bacon, arugula, lemon, red pepper flakes, black pepper, garlic, olive oil and that’s pretty much it. Because my mom raised me right I had most of these ingredients on hand. What I didn’t have was super easy to find in the store.
Let me say, this recipe is pretty simple. If you’ve ever cooked more than mac and cheese in your life, this probably won’t be too hard for you. I did have some trouble with the timing of everything though.
My meat, garlic, olive oil and pepper mix was ready to go way before I had my pasta boiled to perfection. My B. So my advice on that is just get the pasta ready to roll in advance. If you’re worried about it being cold, don’t. It will warm back up a bit when you add it to the meat mix. Also, don’t fucking forget to save some extra pasta water. I drained all the water out and then the recipe calls for some again to get the cheese to melt right and I was SOL. Learn from me, people!
So how did it taste? Uh, pretty good actually. I didn’t, like, sprout a lady-boner for it or anything, but the flavors were all decent. It was actually kind of rich for my taste. Between the oil and the fatty pancetta and cheese, it wasn’t something I wanted to eat the whole pot of. I mean, good, but only a sometimes food.
Unless you’re #geneticallyblessed like Miss Tiegen herself, you should probably use some moderation on this one, too. Actually, though, if you want my totally unwarranted advice and are pretending to have a gluten allergy or something, you could probably exchange the pasta for green beans and it would be totally tasty without leaving you feeling like you’re pregnant with John Legend’s food baby.
Final Rating: I feel fat. B+