When you need something quick that does not take much energy to cook, pasta is a great standby. It can be a store cupboard supper from which you can create any number of recipes depending on what you have in your fridge or store cupboard.
Pea and smoked ham pasta for a family of 4
- 300g of pasta – any type of pasta is ok
- 1 onion
- 150 g of smoked ham chopped into slithers or other form of protein
- 400g of cooked peas or other fresh or frozen vegetables.
Boil up some pasta. While that is bubbling away chop up an onion, (or a couple of chopped spring onions), and fry in virgin olive oil for five minutes until soft. When the pasta is cooked, drain off all the water and add the onion to the pasta.
Then add the cooked peas and smoked ham to the pasta. Finally season well with salt and black pepper and serve with grated cheese. Or as an alternative stir in a spoonful of pesto sauce, or creme fraiche.
There are lots of different alternatives to this basic pasta recipe that you can ring the changes with. Instead of smoked ham, use cooked bacon, a tin of salmon, or cooked prawns, leftover chicken pieces.
Instead of peas and smoked ham, use cherry tomatoes, or mushrooms lightly fried in olive oil, both of which are absolutely delicious added to cooked pasta, but to be honest any frozen or fresh vegetables including many greens work well.
To spice the meal up and make it more sophisticated use flavoured virgin oils, and add herbs like oregano and basil, or a pinch of chilli if you fancy something a little hot and spicy.
Keeping a few ingredients in the store cupboard or freezer which you can use to make some quick pasta suppers is definitely going to be quicker and healthier than heading to the local take away and a lot cheaper too.
Pasta is also a good base product to use when you want to use up vegetables or other leftovers.