I've just made pasta puttanesca based on Nigel Slater's recipe and it took 25min and I was able to sort out the washing and dishwasher while it cooked and it mostly uses store cupboard ingriedients. I don't do much cooking as DH does it so I would like some ideas for other meals that are low effort/quick/really tasty.
This is my easy peasy pasta recipe which makes you look like a culinary goddess.
Fry a packet of lardons (or some chopped up bacon), 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper and a clove of garlic in a splash of olive oil. At the same time cook some taglietelle (or whatever pasta you have) and chuck half a packet of pine nuts (quite expensive but worth it) under a low heat grill.
Drain pasta, stir in half a tub of soft cream cheese, add lardons, peppers and toasted pine nuts. Serve with rocket salad (from a bag) and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese (pre-grated).
make up batchelors pasta in sauce, (yes REALLY ) macaroni cheese flavour. grill 2 birdseye chicken chargrills chop into chunks, mix into the pasta, then mix in about 4 tbsps of frozen sweetcorn and 6 ish florets frozen brocoli (both cooked), a load of grated cheddar on top, grill until golden.
- cook spaghetti - just before spaghetti is done, heat some olive oil in a small frying pan and gently saute some chopped red chilli and garlic - toss spaghetti in the chilli/garlic oil, season as required, eat.
Ooh last night I was VERY short on inspiration but ended up (after cupboard raid) using chicken boneless thighs and shaking them in a sandwich bag with olive oil and that Mexican taco mix powder stuff, lobbed in a roasting tray with onions and toms
Then made cous cous (tipped boiling water on it till inflated then bunged in some butter, feta cheese cubes and parsley)
IT WAS DE FREEKIN LICIOUS. Took about 6 mins to make, 25 to cook