I decided to take pictures while I was cooking with my trusty old camera, which has been with me through thick and thin. You can read about its near-death experience, if you'd like. Luckily, it decided to behave for me that day so I've got some lovely pictures for you!
Here's the team:
- 4 ounces dry penne (or whatever other pasta you've got lying around)
- a wedge of lemon
- parmigiano reggiano (i do not authorize any substitutes; buy the real thing!)
- olive oil (it's way in the back!)
- kosher salt
- and thyme.
First, bring some water to a boil. When it's rolling, dump in a handful of kosher salt, like so:
I'm serious about the salt. I mean an actual handful, here.
Next, throw in your pasta and cook it according to the package directions. If you're organized and efficient, you can grate a few tablespoons of parmigiano while the pasta is cooking. If you're Leah, you twiddle your thumbs.
When the pasta is finished, drain it and put it into a single-serving size bowl.
Next, add yourself some pepper...
And give the lemon wedge a good squeeze over the bowl...
And add a little drizzle of olive oil (maybe a teaspoon)...
And a tiny pinch of thyme.
Then, grate a few tablespoons of parmigiano right on top:
Mix it all up and scarf it down! And hopefully, you can enjoy your meal for one in a more relaxing and inviting setting than this one: