My daughter eats everything. To keep her on her toes, I am trying out new dishes every chance I get. Thing is, I don’t have a lot of time.
I just put together a pasta sauce with stuff we had in the fridge and pantry and it only took a little while longer to prepare than the time required to cook the pasta. She devoured it as if she hadn’t eaten in a month.
- ¼ lb minced pork
- ⅓ tin of tomatoes
- 1 shallot (finely minced)
- 1 garlic clove (finely minced)
- A pinch of dried herbs (I used oregano and basil)
- Spoonful of oyster sauce
- A squirt of tomato paste
- Pinch of sugar
- Choice of pasta
- Olive oil
- Knob of butter
- Pan (for pasta)
- Heat the oil and add the shallots. Over a low flame, sweat for around 3 or 4 minutes. Add a little sugar towards the end to add a little sweetness to the dish (optional, of course).
- Add the garlic and warm through.
- Raise the heat a little and fry the pork till it browns a little.
- Make sure your tomatoes don’t have any indigestible skin remnants (Lucy wouldn’t like that). Mush the tomatoes on a chopping board and add to the pan along with herbs and as much seasoning as you consider acceptable for your child.
- Cook through for a few minutes and add the tomato paste and oyster sauce.
- Let it all simmer while the pasta cooks and at the last minute stir in a knob of butter.
- Sprinkle a little fresh chopped basil or parsley over the dish.