February 15, 2007

Taking it Easy

Just because this is listed in the Kiddie Feast section of Nigella Lawson's Feast, doesn't mean it isn't a delicious little supper for a big kid who doesn't want to work to hard to get it.

You don't even really need a recipe - everything you need to know is visible in the picture. A couple of hundred grams of pasta, a good handful of peas, and some cubed up ham. A little cream, to moisten, and a dusting of parmesan, to set it up nicely. Presto! Dinner in minutes.

I especially like Nigella's instruction to drop frozen peas into the pasta water a minute or so before draining - makes for a very tidy sort of recipe, without need for a separate sauce pot or frying or blanching steps. Very civilized, really, and just the thing when you're recovering from being flattened by a devastating head cold.

You don't have to eat it straight from the pot, of course. But I certainly wouldn't blame you.


Stefanie said...

Hi Dawna, that looks very comforting. I remember looking at that recipe and thinking hmm ... better save that one for future.

Freya said...

I love this dish! Very quick and nourishing!

kickpleat said...

ooh, the other day i made something very similar but without the ham. i love peas with pasta...but, oh that ham looks lovely! yum.

Cassie's Kitchen Recipes said...

When I make a simple cream sauce for pasta, I like to make a roux using bacon fat, onions and flour. I then use the cream to thicken. Absolutely scrumptous and fairly fast to make. Completely unhealthy ;)