Take: a couple of double handfuls of pasta; 1-2 cloves garlic; olive oil; about a cupful of passata*; black pepper; herbs.

[*I am getting to know and love ths ingredient – it is seived tomato, somewhere between tomato puree and tomato juice I guess, and very versatile. It’s inexpensive and available anywhere (well, at least, in Asda or Lidl) but you can use half an ordinary can of chopped tomatoes instead.]

1. Put the pasta in a saucepan to cook, covered in plenty of water.
2. Meanwhile, peel and chop the garlic and fry this gently using a little olive oil in a large saucepan.
3. When the garlic starts to smell good and garlicky, add the passata, black pepper and herbs (oregano or basil is good, but you can use whatever you like), stirring the ingredients in together and heating them up in the pan.
4. When the pasta is cooked, drain and rinse it, then chuck it into the tomato stuff and mix it in thoroughly so that the pasta is well coated with the tomato sauce.

As a lunch, with a little cheese sprinkled on top, this will serve 2-3 people. You could also use it as an accompaniament to, say, a nice grilled lamb chop, in which case it’ll do 3-4 people.

COOK’S TIP
This is another one that needs a bib if you are sharing with a Little Person…

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