Fridge Garbage Pasta


By Dane Feldman
Photo courtesy of Sharon Mollerus.

Emptying out your fridge doesn’t always have to mean throwing it all away. If you have ingredients that go well together, it’s fairly simple to make garbage pasta. Even though I wasn’t emptying out the fridge, I was feeling fairly uninspired regarding dinner a few days ago. I started to boil some pasta, but realized I didn’t have any tomatoes for sauce. I took a look in the fridge and grabbed the first few things I found.

What you’ll need:
2 cups penne
2 eggs
1 cup chopped and pre-cooked chicken breast
1 tbsp shredded cheese
Veggies of your choice
Black pepper or red pepper flakes

Start by boiling a pot of water for the pasta. Be sure you’ve cooked the chicken separately as well. While the pasta is cooking, add the pre-cooked chicken to a skillet and add in the eggs. Scramble the eggs and add in whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. Broccoli rabe and chili peppers would work best, but it’s okay to get creative here. When the pasta is done, add it to the skillet and stir with a large spoon. Sprinkle in the cheese and stir again. Once the cheese melts, serve the dish in a bowl and add cracked black pepper or red pepper flakes to taste.

What I like best about this dish is that it allows for a bit of creativity. It’s flexible enough that you can really add whatever you want to it. It’s almost like a stir fry, but with penne instead of long noodles, which I prefer. If calling it garbage pasta seems a little too unappetizing to you, feel free to call it bachelor pasta (that’s what I like to call it anyway).