After a long day of wrestling with letter sounds and refereeing fights, I almost always hurt my neck trying to look out for Papa Bear to finally get home to tag him, hand over the kids and run off to cook dinner. When that gets delayed, all hope is not lost although I cannot promise the same for my temper.
One such evening, IzGirl and NBoy were still bouncing off the walls and number 3, NBaby, surprises us with an early nap but my migraine decided to make an appearance, I decided to let them help and leave the delayed individual to attack the mess. Surprisingly, my children are very much unlike me in the kitchen. They cleaned up after themselves and actually made my job much easier.
Moreover, what better way to teach them life skills than in our own kitchen, with extra loads of love?
The following recipe is very special to us because it is the first dish we cooked together(without me nagging or micro managing them!). We hope you enjoy cooking it and sharing it with your family too!
A love for eating does not necessarily lead to a love for cooking. In that context,a love for cooking does not necessarily result in a love for cleaning up.
My averison to cleaning up is such that I would go to extremes to find recipes that call out for the least number of utensils and pots.
Pasta is a staple in our house for its relatively versatile options that could be covered with just the right amount of bechamel if an experiment of flavours goes awry.
The process of boiling and draining the steaming pot by my clumsy self would be the only drawback, if nitpicking for problems in my current pasta cooking methods.
Keeping an eye out for a solution in the videos flooding the social networking pages brought me to one particular video that seemed to be the answer. Having heard a success story from my lovely aunt who was quick to test it out, here is my version of the one pot pasta wonder.
Do not exclude the capsicum in this recipe because it is necessary to accentuate the flavour. If you are not a fan, I implore you to give this quite overlooked green capsicum a try.
One pot Mushroom & capsicum pasta
Ingredients (serves 4, comfortably)
Half packet of pasta, uncooked(around 2 and half cups) 1/2 cup of cooking cream Box of fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 large capsicum, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, crushed Water Salt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp. butter
1. Melt the butter in a large pan with a splash of regular cooking oil to stop it from burning.
2. Brown and cook the mushrooms with a pinch of salt.
3. Toss in the onions, garlic and capsicum. Pour in the cream and add the uncooked pasta.
4. Mix well and check seasoning. Add water till it just about covers the contents of the pot. Leave to cook covered for few minutes.
5. Once the pasta is softened, turn up the heat and cook uncovered till the liquid is fully absorbed.
You could gobble it up as a meal or accompany it with a juicy lamb chop or any protein you fancy. A tangy salad would work too.