Dinner in less than 10 minutes
Do you have a standard meal that you make on the days when you absolutely cannot be bothered to cook, but kids need feeding? This is our standard fall back meal that I can have on the table in less than ten minutes. This “pasta soup” also happens to be one of Tara’s favourite meals that she would happily eat three times a week.
There is no recipe at all. I usually choose a pasta that cooks in 5-6 minutes. I have used spaghetti broken into pieces in the picture above as we had run out of our usual shapes (tiny, quick cooking pasta). I cook the pasta in some stock. Often it is just powdered stock (of the non MSG variety) added once the water is boiling. About a minute before the pasta is cooked I throw in some frozen peas and frozen spinach (to make myself feel better that the kids are eating some veggies). I add a slug of extra virgin olive oil once I have dished it up…because I think the oil is good for the kids…and sometimes a bit of grated parmesan too. If I have some left over roast chicken or similar in the fridge I will dice it up and throw that in (while it is cooking). Depends on how energetic I am feeling. I generally make this when I really don’t want to cook, so even the idea of getting out a chopping board, let alone washing and chopping vegetables, is abhorrent.