Nate's Guide to Surviving College Part 2: Sustenance

Four years in college have taught me a great deal about how to make the most of a college career. So over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing with you some tips from "Nate's Survival Guide to College."

Tip 2: Eat well.

One of the few similarities between humans, ostriches, and zombies is that they all have to eat. This fascinating phenomenon is, unfortunately, unavoidable. However, with a little bit of practice, the process of acquiring sustenance can be quite exhilarating, enjoyable, and delicious.

So... in the spirit of Food Network's The Pioneer Woman (she has the best food blog EVER!), here follows my all-time favorite recipe: Melt-in-your-mouth Sausage. It's cheap, easy, fast, and my roommates love it.

2 packages of sausages (Jalapeño Cheddar, preferably!)
2 medium sized onions
2 green peppers
1 giant jar of spaghetti sauce
1 cup of parmesan cheese
1 bag of rice (2-4 lbs should be enough)

Step 1: Cut the sausages into thin slices and sear them in a hot pan. (You're looking for that beautifully crispy edges)


Step 2: While the sausages are cooking, thinly slice the onions and peppers.


Step 3: Remove the sausages from the pan and sauté the onions in the leftover grease until they are translucent and have started to caramelize. (Also, life hack: if you ever want to look like a good cook, just start sautéing some onions. People will come flocking to your kitchen asking, "What smells so amazing?!?!")


Step 4: Remove the onions and sauté the peppers until the edges turn golden brown.

Step 5: Combine in a large crock pot.


Step 6: Prevent your roommates from snitching!


Step 7: Add the jar of spaghetti sauce, a cup of water, and the cup of parmesan cheese.


Step 8: Let it cook on low heat all day. I made mine at 10:00 in the morning between classes. By 6:00, all the flavors will have melded and it will taste (and smell) amazing!

Step 9: Cook your rice about 30 minutes before you want to eat.

Step 10: Serve over rice and eat it all!


Happy eating,

– Nate