Pasta Recipes – Best For Quick And Easy Suppers
This recipe is one of my favourites for when I am stuck as to what to cook and am lacking much energy for cooking. When I feel like that, I still want something really tasty and filling.
I almost always have some form of pasta in the house and usually have two or three different shapes. Spaghetti, penne and one other. I would recommend having pasta as always to hand and to stock up when you have nearly run out as it is something you can always use to make a quick and nutritious meal. It’s a staple to buy when ever it is on offer in the supermarket, particularly if it is a premium brand on discount, or an organic pasta.
Basic pasta cooks in just 10-12 minutes when it is put into boiling water. Some pastas such as linguine take even less time. (Actually that is why I have never understood there is such a thing as ‘Quick cook’ pasta.)
Perhaps the simplest pasta meal is pasta, peas and cheese. But you can have pasta with just about anything so it makes a good meal if you are trying to use up some bits and bobs – and you can always experiment.
Do you buy the value brands, the standard supermarket own or the up market Italian brands? Do you think it makes a difference?
I have bought a few pastas that go a bit mushy when cooked and as such tend to avoid the value brands. Equally I find the top of the range pastas too expensive although I think they do tend to have a more robust texture and flavour. There is a noticeable difference but it is perhaps not worth the premium price. I don’t buy fresh because once it has been processed and packaged it really is no longer all that fresh. And I have to admit to not having mad pasta myself. That is still on my to do list and would be happy to hear from any pasta makers with their tips – and if they believe it is worth the effort either for taste and/ or cost