Sunday, August 17, 2008

5 minute meals

Pasta: so quick, easy and versatile.

My three girls all wanted different 'sauces' with their pasta today but it was very quick and easy. Here are three simple things to do with pasta.

  • Boil pasta in salted water.

  • Meanwhile to make a tomato sauce, quickly fry 1 grated clove of garlic in a small pan, add half a can of chopped tomatoes, a sprinkle of sea salt, and some dried herbs. I used a little crushed bayleaf, Pasta seasoning and dried crushed basil.

  • Chop up 50g mortadella into tiny cubes.

  • Grate 50g cheddar cheese.

Version #1 was pasta mixed into the tomato sauce with some cubes of mortadella added and then cheese sprinkled over the top.

Version #2 was pasta mixed into the tomato sauce with a little grated cheese sprinkled over.

Version #3 was pasta with a cheese triangle melted and a splash of water to help the cheese melt, the remaining cubes of mortadella stirred through and a generous helping of grated cheese over the top.

Later when my son woke up hungry, version #4 was pasta with a small knob of margarine, cubed mortadella - reheated in the microwave and then grated cheese sprinkled over - that was a 2 minute meal!

What could be simpler?!


Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

t i dont give them a choice its either plan or with sauce :)

Latifah said...

Assalamu alaikum:

It looks like delicious, when i cook pasta, i choose pasta with bolognesa sauce or with with sauce...delicious....

Umm Ibrahim said...

Don't mind giving them a choice if it's simple Rainbow - at least it was a choice with the same theme and not everybody wanting something completely different!

Latifah... Mmmmmm Bolognese sauce! Actually, I am wondering if you'll share any Peruvian cuisine on your blog. When I was a teen, Peru was number 1 on my list of countries i wanted to visit. :]

Latifah said...

wa salamu alaikum sister.

I posted some pics when i made a cake on sunday,the exactly reciped ill posted tuesday inshaAlllah, on saturday because on weekdays i have to go to work, but dont worry ill cook on sat...latifah

L_Oman said...

Yummo! I love pasta. Ever made pasta con broccoli? Google it - it's yummmo with some cheese garlic bread.

seekingtaqwa said...

5 minute meals are what every muslimah needs to save the day!!..i also don't mind giving a choice if the options are simple..masha'allah

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Will look out for the cake Latifah!

L_Oman - pasta con broccoli is good, I make it with chicken, broccoli,cheese and cream.

SeekingTaqwa: having terrible trouble thinking of something for today though. Think I need to visit your blog for some inspiration!

Anonymous said...

YUM! Masha'Allah lucky kids!

Bitter marzipan said...

Masha'allah that's a practical solution :D

but my dad entirely hates pasta he considers it a snakc rather than a meal :d

Umm Ibrahim said...

Assalaamu alaikum,

Umm Abdullah: Lucky... I don't know about that...! lol

Ruba: I guess there are some snacky pasta recipe but there are some pasta meals that would make a very hearty and filling snack that I wouldn't be able to consider a main course afterwards!