Take: some pasta; some olive oil; about 2 cloves of garlic per person; and a good pinch or two of dried herbs.

1. Put the pasta, well-covered with water, in a saucepan to cook.
2. Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the garlic and use a small pan to warm it with the herbs and olive oil. Use about a tbsp of oil per portion of pasta. When the garlic starts to sizzle, turn off the heat.
3. When the pasta is cooked, drain it thoroughly and return it to the saucepan. Pour on the garlic/herb/oil mixture and mix thoroughly.
4. Serve.


This is pretty plain, and is ideal on its own for days when you have eaten your own bodyweight in junkfood while your baby was napping and you feel a bit sick, but you have to make and eat dinner anyway, for the baby.

To jazz it up for other days, try stirring in a dollop of cream and/or sprinkling on some grated cheese. You could also use it as an accompaniament rather than just eating it on its own.