Cooking: Like A Sim #1 – Garlic Noodles

Sul sul!  That’s Simlish for “hello”.

I’ve been playing The Sims since the beginning, which was 18 years ago and that’s so wild to think about.  My favourite part of the franchise has always been the cooking skill and the wide variety of recipes and dishes my little Sims make.  The Sims 4 has an AMAZING selection of food with 139 different dishes available to the player. The best dish, in my esteemed and humble opinion, is garlic noodles – mostly because I freaking LOVE garlic.  I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a while, just to see if I could, and if I’m honest it’s one of the main reasons why I started this blog in the first place.

So without further ado, get ready for a recipe that will make you scream “oh feebee lay”!  That’s Simlish for “I’m hungry!”

Disclaimer: I’m not a food photographer (yet) and I haven’t mastered the art of taking shots between steps (yet) and I’m not great at measuring or timing my steps (yet) so bear with me for the first few posts like this. Thanks!

Garlic Noodles

Serves: 4-ish?  We had enough for dinner and two tupperwares of leftovers for lunch.

Time: 30-ish minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
    • 1/2 minced, 1/4 sliced, 1/4 crushed
  • 1 medium cooking onion, small diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 pack of spaghettini, dried or fresh
  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water
  • salt and pepper

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Directions

  1. Cook pasta to package directions in a large pot of salty water (but try and time your pasta so it finishes with the sauce)
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stainless steel pan (deep enough to add the pasta to it once it’s cooked)
  3. Sautee onion over medium heat until translucent and soft
  4. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, being careful not to brown it
    • I added the garlic in stages, starting with the larger crushed pieces, then the slightly smaller sliced garlic, and then finally the tiny minced pieces, cooking each for a couple of minutes
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook until they’e softened and broken up
  6. Add the tomato paste, mix well and cook for a few minutes
  7. Add the reserved pasta water slowly, about a 1/4 cup at a time, cooking off most of the liquid before you add the next bit
  8. Turn off the heat and add the pasta into the pan, tossing to coat and mix really well
  9. Serve on a big beautiful platter and then dive right in.

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If you like this recipe, give it a try and let me know what you think!

Dag dag!

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