I came home weary from work earlier this week, to detect a smell, which was suspiciously evocative of an Italian restaurant. Eleven year- old George had brought two friends home from school (eleven year old boys eat their own bodyweight, daily) and I was wondering what to make for a meal that would extend what I had planned. No problem. Sian, my elder daughter had it all in hand – it was already in the oven. She had a meal sorted out for her siblings & friends and it was so delicious and so quick. Here it is….
This will feed 4-6, depending on who the 4-6 are.
Italian tomato sauce (recipe at bottom of page but jar of Dolmio would do)
2 x packs of tortellini from fresh pasta shelf in supermarket
1 x pack of grated Mozzarella
A chicken or vegetable stock cube
Some basil leaves if available
Freshly ground pepper
1. Make the tomato sauce, if you want to do your own
2. Briefly boil the tortellini according to the pack but add a stock cube to the water. Drain in a colander
3. Pour the tomato sauce into a large, oiled, shallow ovenproof dish
4. Tip the tortellini on to the sauce
5. Sprinkle with grated Mozzarella and grate black pepper
Our tomato sauce…. Modify it to your fridge/ larder/ taste
1 chopped onion
2 diced sticks celery
1 grated carrot
3 garlic cloves chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cans chopped tomatoes
2 sprigs rosemary
1 splash red wine vinegar – cider vinegar is ok, too
salt & pepper
chopped fresh basil. Basil in a pot from the supermarket lasts for ages
Fry the first five ingredients until the vegetables soften. Add the tomatoes and rosemary. Simmer for 6 minutes and remove the sprigs of rosemary. Add the remainder of the ingredients, reach boiling point and simmer for 10 minutes.
Serve with a crispy salad. Sian made a salad of rocket, iceberg, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red pepper and red onion with oil & vinegar.
Sian doesn’t have a history of enjoyment from cooking, and so I was impressed by this. By the time that you read this, I will have secured a regular arrangement !