Shaking Walls and Spaghetti Carbonara

My roommate and I in college had really noisy neighbors. But not in the way you’re assuming.

We had previously had an empty room located next to us, but in the span of a month, we had two new neighbors. For the first few days, we heard them moving all the furniture around and getting set up.

It was possibly a week later and my roommate and I were studying. Then we began hearing a noise we didn’t expect. It sounded like something was continually hitting the wall in between our two rooms.

KS: What’s that?

Me: Not sure. Maybe they’re rearranging furniture again?

And then we heard a noise that both of us could recognize: the sound of a female moaning.

KS (whose bed and desk were pushed right up to the shared wall): Oh god. It’s the bed hitting the wall.

It was later that week when the bed really hit the wall, so to speak. I had been asleep, until I got woken up by my roommate, who was out of bed and sitting in the chair below.

In my just abruptly woken state, it took me a few minutes to realize that the neighbors were moaning loudly and knocking the bed into the wall again…and they were using such force that my roommate’s bed was moving, too.

Our solution? Hit the wall back and yell at them. (I never said it was mature)

The rabbits eventually got bored with each other or switched to his room, but not before we kindly shoved condoms under the door (our school gave them out for free- but they were in red, yellow, and green- the colors of a stoplight, how fitting!) along with a guide on safe sex.

After all, we were just looking out for their health. ;)

College Cooking Spaghetti Carbonara

even a college kid could make this

Ingredients

  • 1/4 box spaghetti
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 c parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper

How-to

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  2. While spaghetti is cooking, mix together egg, parmesan, milk, parsley, and garlic powder.
  3. Drain spaghetti and return to pan. Pour in mixture and stir so it coats all the spaghetti. The warm spaghetti will cook the egg yolk, but if you’re concerned, do this over very low heat for 30 seconds. Salt and pepper to taste.

Note: I realize this is missing pancetta, but I couldn’t get that in college. I suppose you could add in bacon bits if you’re a resourceful college kid. ;)

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67 thoughts on “Shaking Walls and Spaghetti Carbonara

  1. Your story made me laugh as i had neighbours a bit like that once and thanks for the recipe just what i was looking for :)

  2. How Domestic Diva! Your stories are so funny and they always bring a smile…Just because I am a chef, and Italian, and a pain in the butt, I just wanted to point out that you are missing the pancetta (or bacon) from your Carbonara! A whole other dimension!

  3. The pancetta is missing from your carbonara recipe. Unless you’re vegetarian, a vital ingredient if you ask me. Glad you’re using egg yolk and not cream though!

    P.S. Perhaps I have a one-track mind, but I did assume correctly what noise your neighbors were making ;-)

    • I actually was a vegetarian…plus there is no way any grocery store within 100 miles of where I went to college carried pancetta. I suppose college kids could use bacon bits if desired. ;)

      And yes, you assumed correctly.

  4. Your story made me chuckle…thanks…and the recipe sounds great…very simple and could add anything extra we want, such as chicken strips, etc. but unless my eyesight has really gone on me, your pasta doesn’t look like spaghetti..more like fettichinni, maybe. But still looks great!

  5. Pingback: Vegetable Carbonara « Riflessioni della mia Anima

  6. In Italy I’ve tried a vegetarian carbonara with courgettes instead of pancetta. I know it sounds laughable but it’s actually tasty.
    That said, congrats to your college for giving out condoms!

  7. ou of all pasta dishes – this is MINE, with or with bacon … sometimes I melt a small bit of Gorgonzola cheese into it. Safe .. sex and safe life.

  8. I remember staying in a hotel room in San Francisco that had paper thin walls and the sounds from the adjacent room sounded just like the couple next door was in the same room with me. I felt rather awkward the next morning when I exited my door the same time the smiling couple from the next room did. I’m sure they had no idea that the walls were paper thin. At least I only had one night of sharing. Love the condom idea.

    Thanks for the laughs and another yummy recipe.

  9. Well, I have neighbours like that and I can tell that the banging sound (pun somewhat intended) is not the most annoying part… It started last summer and at first I and my SO thought, to give you a picture, there’s someone practicing singing or playing a Chupa Chups lollipop whistle (if you know them) and then we realized that oh no… And it’s been going on quite regularly since then. 1 am, 3 am 5 am, 9am 11am, sometimes 4 times in a morning. I’m finally planning to write a friendly note as it may be that they don’t even realize we can hear them. I’ve never met them IRL, apparently we have a totally different rhythm, so I don’t know what kind of people they are and what would be the best way to phrase my friendly complaint…

  10. We lived next to a drug dealer in our first apartment in college (it was actually a really nice apartment; this kid was just rich and bored). All night long, we could hear the heavy door opening and closing and shaking our apartment. It was maddening! Knocking on the walls only seemed to incite him.

  11. Hi, thanks for the follow on my blog. As you can see, I’m new to this and I haven’t yet worked out the ways of following. Did you follow me by RSS feed or email? I’ve clicked follow by email, but is there another way to to do it? Ie a wordpress way, or like a twitter follow?

  12. That’s too funny! I’ve been staying in a hotel from time to time when the banging wall sounds have invaded my space. Sometimes irritating, but most often humorous…unless of course, they wake me up in the wee hours. LOL

    The dish looks tasty…will have to share that one with my boys – quick, easy, and loaded with carbs!

  13. Sounds like a common problem. I thought a neighbor was going to literally bust through the wall at some point. It was funny at first but it got old quick. Tried to return the favor a couple of times while they were going at it, but either they didn’t notice or didn’t care.

  14. Hi Diva, thanks for visiting my blog. Your blog makes a really wonderful reading. Transforms me into a time where I used to live with my room mates and the best part was that we used to cook together. There were 4 or 5 of us and we used to divide the work amongst us. The pranks each one thought up to skip work was simply amusing.

  15. Your recipe and story brought back old college memories – once had a roommate with Italian roots who taught me one of his family’s fav breakfasts – beat up two eggs, pour a goodly amount of olive oil in a skillet, heat it and slip about 1 cup of leftover, sauced (important!) spaghetti (my roommate contended that true Italians always sauce their spaghetti before serving.) into the pan. Pour eggs over the heating spaghetti and stir until all is well heated and eggs are cooked (the eggs with disappear into the sauce). Slide onto a plate or bowl and enjoy an especially delicious breakfast.

    If you already enjoy leftover pizza for breakfast, this is a MUST TRY!

  16. Thanks for the follow! Look’s like you’ve got some helpful tips to get me through the last part of my undergrad and through the accounting program.. can’t wait to cook some of the meals you’ve put up! (: Happy Easter.

    • Oh and I forgot, my friend has the exact same problem, except with her roommate! — Insert texts from last night : “(739): The rest of us are chipping in to soundproof your bedroom. This is getting ridiculous. haahahahahah”

  17. Thank you for the follow!

    I was a college kid not too very long ago, and I really learned to love cooking from the creative challenges presented by being a broke vegetarian 8 hours away from home. The two recipes that became staples for me even after getting a job are bean pie (basically tortillas layered with cheese and sludge of refried beans, corn, and whatever other canned stuff was hanging around) and ramen noodle pad thai (chunky peanut butter, soy sauce, ramen noodles, green onions if I was lucky and … bam!)

    Thanks for keepin’ it real with the throwback noodle dishes. ;-)

  18. Thank you for following my blog! Working on adding some more posts and any comments most welcome. Good to see a classic recipe here! Do you usually cook dried pasta or have you experimented much with fresh pasta too?
    By the way your story is hilarious. Hope you are recovering from your surgery despite the ‘background noise’…

    • I normally used dried pasta, but my next big purchase is a kitchenaid so I can make my own pasta. :)

      My surgery is on Friday, so ask me after that! That story was from back in college, but my current neighbors like to blast their video games until 3am…if anything, I’d rather have a couple having loud sex since I know that won’t last the entire night…

  19. Nothing can compare to the irrational rage that comes over you when you are trying futilely to fall asleep…our upstairs neighbor loves to stomp over our heads with his hiking boots on while practicing his blues bass riffs.

  20. LOL! I’m glad that hasn’t happened to me so far in college. But the other day, it sounded like someone was knocking on our wall repeatedly. So strange. And I can’t forget the three times our fire alarm went off because people were smoking weed in the basement. Sigh.

  21. oh my haha! I’ve had an experience with those kind ot neighbors. except they were above my sons room. when they learned that durning the day they would go at it all over the apt. my son would ask what they were doing. I’d say “moving furniture! ” well at least you got them to stop.
    btw thanks for following my blog gonna do the same. form what I’ve read this is gonna be interesting. :)

  22. Pasta carbonara is one of my faves. I do mine a little differently; actually made it just a week or two ago and haven’t posted it yet. You and I seem to share some sort of foodie psychic wavelength. And I have never ever had good neighbors. I could fill a book with weird stories. Seriously.

  23. Your posts always make me happy – why? because they make me laugh and make me hungry :D
    Also thank you for subscribing – I hope you enjoy my posts (which may be a little halted due to my exam studies :P)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  24. Haha I had neighbors (above me) that had a really squeaky bed. So of course I would just sit their shocked & listen intently. It never lasted long & when it was over I would hear one of them get up & leave the room. It was hilarious. On another note, my husband loves pasta carbonara. Whenever we go to an Italian restaurant he orders it & then proceeds to tell the waiter or waitress why it is called carbonara. He went to France once & the world will never hear the end of it. ;)
    Also, I just finished raping your website. (no offense) Pinning all the recipes I want to try & reading all your hilarious stories.

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