Hi and welcome to our vegetarian kitchen.
There are times when you want food and you want it fast. Maybe you are going out for the evening or you want something quick after a night out. No time to order a 'take-away' - in London it can take from 20 minutes to 2 hours!
The answer is fresh pasta, cooking time 2 minutes. It is quick, cheap and versatile. All good supermarkets sell it. Fridge life about 5 to 6 days, in a freezer it lasts about 6 months.
Try penne or tagliatelle, cook in boiling water, drain, add pesto (from a jar, about 1 tbsp) and black olives or capers. Serve in bowls and add grated cheese. 5 min meal.
Try tortellini stuffed with spinach, or sun dried tomatoes, cook in boiling water, drain, add a few drops of olive oil and grated parmesan cheese.
If you prefer a tomato sauce, simply heat a small tin of chopped tomatoes and add a tsp of oregano or basil.
If you like it hot - simply heat olive oil in a pan, add 2 or 3 cloves of crushed garlic and one chopped chilli. Pour over pasta, stir and serve.
You could also add chopped or crushed nuts e.g.pine nuts or walnuts for extra crunch.
Fresh basil is an excellent garnish for any pasta dish, to add instant freshness.