Making happy pasta in the Sunday sunshine 😀 I love this dish because it’s super quick and easy, and really yummy! Growing up I acquired a tendency to make invention food (it became a family staple at one point) and this is one of my favourites because it’s also really healthy. Today I’ve gone for traffic light peppers, sweetcorn, spinach, slow cooked ham joint, penne pasta and a tomato and garlic passata for the sauce – normally I make my own but I don’t have a food processor yet.
Simply boil up your pan of water with a small chunk of butter (a trick I learned from my American neighbour to stop the pasta sticking together) and a little himalayan rock salt, then add your pasta. Add the meat accordingly (some meats only take a minute to go hot and soft, some take foreeeever!). When your pasta is about 5 minutes off done, add all your veg and turn down the heat, but cover the pan. When it’s all done drain and add the sauce, along with any extra seasoning, and return to the hob for 5-10 minutes until it’s hot all the way through then serve with garlic bread and maybe a side salad 🙂
It’s such an easy way to get all those lovely nutrients into the picky eaters (you know who you are) that it’s perfect for most group meals. I generally make a large pan at a weekend then split it into portions for lunches at work during the week, or choose and freeze a slightly larger tub then defrost and reheat it in a pan if I get a surprise visitor.
I purposefully use lots of different colours in the veg to make it bright and cheerful, hence the name happy pasta!
Comment with your own happy pasta ideas 🙂