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[OC] Trying to get into cooking as a teenager. This is my first meal. Tuna pasta.

[OC] Trying to get into cooking as a teenager. This is my first meal. Tuna pasta.

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  • TimmyV90

    Looks great! Imagine what you will come up with after a few meals!

    Side note: get cook books. Try new techniques, flavors, foods. You might not like it all and they might not sound appealing but you never know if you don’t try. I open up a cook book to random pages and see what I can make with what I have in the house. Sometimes they’re great other times, not so much. Keep at it

  • tutuncommon

    I’m proud of you! Learn how to cook, how to repair things which break, how to improve buildings, and how to make things. You will find within yourself empowerment and the confidence to take on anything this world throws at you.

  • pudding_push_pop

    Cooking completely changes your experience with food, so excited for you to get exploring and get creative! I like to live by the “salt, fat, acid, heat” concept but also adding sweet and meat(umami). It will make your dishes more complex and ingredient combos are endless! Also, use measurements and follow instructions until you know which rules to break.

  • Middle-Merdale

    Congratulations. This was my sons first dish too. I do a variation with cream soup (mushroom or celery do best with tuna) and my moms (no longer) secret ingredient…crushed potato chips. I like that you added vegetables (my fav with tuna is peas.). You can also substitute chicken or hamburger for tuna. If you do chicken I recommend cream of chicken soup. You can also try different shredded cheeses. Good luck and may this be the first of many.

  • vashwolfwood2

    Hey great going kid if you don’t choose cooking as a profession , continue to grow your culinary skills for you and your love ones to enjoy

  • PapaSteveRocks

    Watch the first season or two of Alton Brown’s Good Eats. Teaches technique, ingredients, and tools. Perfect for a starter.

    Edited to elaborate: there are plenty of good cooking shows with interesting recipes. Alton Brown will teach you how to get a good sear on a steak (and a scallop), how to thicken a sauce, even how to boil spaghetti. So, good recipes are there, but understanding **how** to cook is the star of the show.

  • Wrong_Hombre

    Tuna surprise is a 1950s era casserole that is widely frowned upon among taste-minded folks, but its a huge comfort food for me. Check it out, you’re a casserole dish away from an excellent meal.

  • Mrtootums

    Hell yes to learning how to cook. I watched food network shows religiously when I was a teenager. Definitely helped to become familiar with the general concepts of cooking and different ingredients. I highly recommend the old “good eats” series.

  • girlymcnerdy0919

    I’d eat this in a heartbeat! Now you just need to think of fancy names for your creations! Tuna Cavattapi?

  • MisterFribble

    If you’re looking for cookbooks, some of my favorites are from America’s Test Kitchen. They do extensive testing to figure out the best method for a given recipe. Of course, it isn’t flawless, but they are really, really great.

  • fargmania

    Can of chili con carne plus macaroni is pretty freaking good too. Shred a little cheddar on top if you feel fancy.

    When you feel more comfortable experimenting, try slow cooking some yellow onion in olive oil until it gets translucent, then crush up some garlic and toss it in there… my god it goes with just about any protein, but I like to dump some scrambled eggs on top of it with a little cream and soft cheeses, and some basil leaves… mebbe some spinach too. I like a frittata, but they’re always just one small mistake away from being a perfectly amazing scramble.

  • Bd0llar

    Nice job dude! Pasta is one of those dishes that is insanely versatile so the possibilities are endless.

    I started enjoying cooking at a very young age and many many years later am still learning new things all the time. I’m insatiable for all my things cooking!

    Find some YouTube channels you like – Bingeing with Babish is a great channel and very funny too.

    Get your basics down right as a solid grounding and you’ll be able to build on those skills for the rest of your life. Plus being able to cook amazing meals for yourself, family, friends and SOs is a life skill.

  • user_173

    Good on you making your dreams come true so early!

    Salt, fat, acid, heat. Try to combine those into dishes in your own creative ways. Usually when something is lacking in a dish it’s lacking one of those. Also try to have a variety of textures for the mouth to experience. So not all soft, or all crunchy, but a 70/30 split.

  • adoxographyadlibitum

    Love the cavatappi choice. If you want to expand/riff on this, some things to consider:

    More olive oil. This looks a little dry.

    Shallot instead of red onion. A little sweeter and more interesting.

    Red pepper flake.

    Finely chopped anchovies, like until they basically melt into the sauce. Adds wonderful flavor to lots of pasta dishes.

    Parsley as a garnish.

  • 000Whynot

    I’m Italian. I have been cooking pasta every day for the past 8 years. If you want any tips or recipes feel free to dm

  • combonickel55

    looks very tasty. i like to add lightly cooked sweet (think vidalia) onions to my tuna pasta at the end. not for the faint of heart but really combines well with the tuna imo.

    my perspective, don’t get caught up in presentation and plating like many of the ‘reality’ cooking shows seem to obsess over. make good tasting food with good texture, practice dishes many times, and people will love your cooking.

    people want tasty and satisfying meals, not garnish or artsy drizzles of sauce.

    and whenever a dish calls for sugar, use half to a quarter of the suggested amount, or none at all. so many recipes cram nonsense sugar in when it is unneeded, and many cultures are addicted to sugar and sweetness, speaking from an american perspective here. use quality ingredients and let your flavors shine on their own. and have fun, cooking and offering good food to friends and family should be a joyful experience.

  • unusedusername42

    Impressive first course, OP! Mad respect u/aRand0mGuy21

    Hey, I try to spread good vibes and collect odd recipe combos over at r/anarchycooking where a friendly little group of culinary mavericks who accept no cooking rules explore together. You and anyone else who is so inclined would be warmly welcome to come and play around with us! 🙂

  • jaredtrp

    I’m turning 40 in July. Just now really getting some of the nuances down. The biggest beginner tips I’ve learned from friends, family, media (YouTube to the rescue!), and hard knocks, are these:

    1. Mise en place – French for “putting in place” (pronounced meez-on-plahs). Basically, get everything prepped (thawed, chopped or sliced or peeled, taken out of cabinets or pantry or fridge, ready on the counter) before you ever start cooking.

    2. Read the instructions twice before starting.

    3. If something tastes bland, it can likely be improved before serving or for the next time you cook it using the following, in this order – Salt, fat (usually butter or olive oil), acid (squeeze of lemon or lime; this one took me too long to learn), sugar (sugar, honey, or syrups), garlic. You’ll learn how to taste and know which of these is missing.

    4. Use a sharp knife – Learn how to sharpen them when they get even slightly dull. Using the proper equipment and technique can actually make this fun.

    5. Never trust an oven – Use an analog oven thermometer that hangs inside.

    6. Once you get decent at it, cooking is more like jazz and less like classical – The recipe should be treated more like a strong guideline. Taste the food as you go and alter or experiment as you see fit.

    So glad you’ve started this soon. Have fun!!!

  • Imortal366

    Throw some salt, pepper, and capers. Tuna pasta is one of the easiest meals to make taste good. I also melt some mozzarella cheese into it

  • PattyIceNY

    Looks good!

    For added presentation value get a white kitchen towel and fold part of it over the bottom and top of the edge of the bowl, pinching it with your fingers. Then, rotate the bowl around slowly. This will clean any food debris or spices off the top of the bowl and make it look like it belongs on tv 🙂

  • wmorris33026

    You won’t be sorry to learn to cook what you like to eat. I’d go one further and say a little sewing (buttons and darning socks) won’t hurt either. I learned all that stuff as a single dude in the service. I learned to work on my car, build shelves – all that shit.

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