Fridays call for end-of-the-week-and-don’t-feel-like-cooking-but-very-much-feel-like-eating comfort food sort of dinner. Pasta with cheesy peas is one of my favourites – and faster to pull together than spaghetti with bottled sauce – inspired by Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Cheesy Peas.
Quick Pasta with Jamie’s Cheesy Peas
Measurements here are totally lax – just make as much pasta and peas as you like, and dress them up with butter, lemon and cheese, with enough of the starchy leftover pasta water to make a sauce.
enough spaghetti for 3-4
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
a big knob of butter
lots of freshly grated Parmesan
juice of half a lemon
freshly ground black pepper
Bring a big pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta; cook until al dente, adding the peas for the last few minutes of cooking time. Before you drain the pasta and peas, scoop out about a cup of the water.
Drain the pasta and peas and put them back into the pot. Add the butter, Parmesan, lemon juice and enough of the pasta water to give it a saucy consistency. Serve in shallow bowls, sprinkled with more Parmesan and some freshly ground black pepper. Serves 3-4.