Wednesday 18 May 2011

15 Minute Meals

I often imagine a world of uber Mummy’s clad in Cath Kidston pinnies, producing amazing creations night after night in their magnificent kitchens, complete with arga. Their home is spotless, their children are spotless and they prepare a gourmet feast for their family at every mealtime.

Unfortunately however this is not me. Uber mummy doesn’t have to compete with work, uni, after school activities, juggling family schedules, or a toddler whose one mission is to create as much chaos as possible wherever she goes.  I would love to cook fresh, delicious, food for my family from scratch every night of the week, but in my reality what with swimming, dancing and other activities, we don’t arrive home until around six and then it’s a race for tea and bed.  This dish, although not fresh or fancy, is a tasty, nutritious, filling vegetarian meal which can be conjured up in a matter of minutes when time is short.

Creamy Tomato Pasta

1 Onion
1 tin of Sweetcorn
1 tin of chopped Tomatoes
1 tin of Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce
500g pack of spaghetti/pasta shapes
1tsp oregano
1tsp basil
Cheese to garnish

1)    Boil a kettle of water for the pasta.  Once boiled, add the boiled water to pasta and cook with a little oil to stop the pasta from sticking for 8 to 10 minutes.
2)    Peel and chop the onion and fry on a low heat for about 5 minutes.
3)    Meanwhile, empty the tin of sweetcorn into a saucepan and heat on a low heat for about 5 minutes.
4)    Once cooked, drain the onion and the sweetcorn amd set aside for a couple of minutes.
5)    Place the chopped tomatoes and creamy tomato pasta sauce in a bowl, with the oregano and basil and gently heat for about 3 minutes.  Add the onion and sweetcorn and heat for a further 3 minutes.
6)    Once cooked, drain the pasta.
7)    Gradually stir the pasta into the sauce until fully combined. Heat for one more minute, then remove from heat.
8)    Serve immediately with cheese to garnish.

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