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Date-Worthy Italian Flag Pasta Recipe

So let’s get started. Here’s a recipe that looks good enough to serve to a date and is fast enough to prepare that you can throw it together for a quick dinner when you get home from class.

Italian Flag Pasta


  • Any type of pasta (angel hair looks nice if it’s for a date)
  • A container of cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced as fine as you can
  • A palm-full of pearl bocconcini (if all you have is bigger bocconcini, just cut it into smaller pieces)
  • A big handful of fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil


Cook the pasta until it’s al dente, or just under completely cooked. Before you drain the pasta, save a bit of the cooking water by dipping a coffee cup into the pot

While the pasta is cooking, heat some olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat and throw in the tomatoes. Try to make sure they’re all cut side down. Now leave them alone! Don’t toss them, don’t move them, just let them cook for a few minutes. Once the tomatoes start to brown slightly, add the garlic and toss the whole thing with a spatula or a pair of tongs. Once the garlic has had a few minutes to cook and soften, turn down the heat to medium-low and use a fork to mash the tomatoes. Try to get as much juice out as you can because this is going to act as the sauce.

Now add the pasta and toss it around to coat each piece with the garlic-tomato mixture. Once the pasta is coated, throw in a palm-full of bocconcini and then tear up a big handful of fresh basil and add that to the mix. Use your tongs to toss the whole thing together, then serve it up immediately.

If you’re serving it for a guest, it’ll look best piled in the centre of a big white plate. If you’re serving it for yourself, bowl, plate, straight out of the pan… who cares?


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Be a Man: Learn to Cook

There are three things every man needs to know how to do: change a tire, read a map and cook a meal, from scratch, without a recipe. The order of importance can vary but if you’re a single guy and you don’t know how to cook, you’re missing out on one of the greatest opportunities you’ll ever have to impress a potential mate.

Women expect that you’ll have a job. They expect that you keep your manscaping needs in order. They expect that you’ll have decent manners. The beauty of knowing how to cook is that she won’t expect it. Imagine her reaction when you invite her over, crack a bottle of wine and proceed to whip up a delicious meal without ever so much as glancing at a cookbook. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach? Not anymore… The tables have turned, my friends.

Don’t let the whole lack of a recipe thing scare you off. I’m not saying you’re never allowed to use recipes, all I’m saying is that you should have one tried and tested go-to recipe that you can pull off on a few minutes’ notice. Over time, you can build on that and once you get the hang of a few recipes and techniques, you can start to do some improvisation with the recipes you’re already familiar with.


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