Brrrr...I am not too sure what happened to Spring but it surely has disappeared from Wales. It is absolutely freezing and we are even expecting some snow again today. Oh well - nothing I can do about it apart from wrapping up warm when taking Keith the dog out for his walks.
With Mr Happy Larder having been away for a few days, I mainly feasted on leftovers but I also made one of my childhood favourites: pasta bake with tomato sauce. This is a very basic meal but I remember it from when I was a child and still love it. I'm pretty sure we had it because it was not only tasty but also affordable and looking at the nutritional value, I think it is not doing too badly either ;-)
The recipe is so easy, you don't actually need a "proper" recipe for it. For two portions, simply cook enough dried pasta for 2 people according to the packet instructions and once done, place in an ovenproof dish together with a good helping of frozen peas (or other frozen vegetables). In a bowl, mix 2 large eggs with a bit of milk and seasoning; then pour over the pasta. Now top with grated cheese and pop in the oven at 180 - 200c for about 20 - 25 minutes. The egg will cook, the cheese will melt and get crispy and you will have a quick and tasty meal. You can also add ham to the dish - simply chop and stir into the pasta/veg mix before pouring over the eggs.
This is best served with a simple tomato sauce. For mine, I melted a knob of butter in a saucepan and added half a chopped onion. Gently cook until translucent, then add a spoonful of flour. Now add a couple of spoonfuls of tomato puree, some water, salt & pepper and some dried Italian herbs. Job done - easy tomato sauce! Enjoy!