Pasta with things you can buy at the deli

Cook pasta + olive oil + deli ingredients

Penne illustration for easy pasta recipesIf you can boil a pan of water, you can make pasta, and if you can shop at a deli counter you need do nothing more than lubricate the cooked pasta with some good olive oil and tip in the contents of a plastic container to have a delicious dinner on the table in moments.
It’s almost more of an “if you can buy that you can make this” recipe, but here goes – some notes on boiling pasta:

  • Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Put a lid on to speed things up, and get the water going way in advance of people coming over if you intend to cook for company – watching a water pot come to the boil can seem to take forever.
  • Salt the boiling water. There’s an Italian saying about the water needing to be as salty as the Mediterranean Sea. I think that’s in the region of a scant tablespoon – depending on the size of your pot.
  • Tip in the pasta shapes – about 100g per person – though I usually use more …
  • Stir to stop them sticking together and let them boil for however long it says on the box, minus 1 minute. Nothing worse than claggy pasta. You’re going for al dente.
  • Drain, but not too well – the starch in the pasta water helps bind the sauce together.
  • Pour over something in the region of 1 tablespoon of olive oil per person.
  • Top with deli ingredients.

– sounds easy, right?

And if you can make that, you can make this;

What would you like to make?