Sundays on your own can be the pits. Seems everyone else is doing something with someone and you are home alone. So I thought we could make Sundays Comfort Sundays – where you can do anything YOU want and eat easy. When I was about 9 or 10, after Sunday lunch if the weather was a bit sad, my mum and I would curl up on the sofa with the BBC film – nearly always started at 2.00pm and nearly always black and white. This is what we are going to do – although if it’s sunny and fine you have to go out and do this in the evening – make a bowl full of comfort food, put on a DVD or catch up TV and have a TV meal – because you can!
The following recipe I made up myself purely from what I had in the fridge – but now I actually make sure I have everything to hand. And its (mostly) very healthy!
- Pasta of your choice – I use Linguine as the flat strands absorb the sauce better
- 1 leek
- 1 courgette
- 1 clove of garlic
- spinach – fresh or frozen, defrosted and/or broccoli cut up small
- crème fraiche
- parmesan preferably – but you can use ordinary cheddar
Melt a knob of butter in a pan and cook the chopped leek and minced garlic till soft
Add sliced/cubed courgette and again cook till soft.
Add spinach and cook till goes flat if fresh. You may like to put a little water in at this point if it looks a bit dry.
Add a dollop (how big is a dollop – as much as you like!) of crème fraiche and keep stirring until a lovely soft saucelike mixture.
Cook pasta to soft. Drain and put into a deep eating bowl.
Top with the sauce, folding it in a little with a fork and grate over some parmesan/cheddar and lots of black pepper.
Curl up and enjoy!
ps I have made this a really simple dish – takes about 20 minutes all in as the pasta can be cooking whilst the sauce in BUT if YOU think perhaps Sundays should be about taking the time to make something out of your comfort Zone, let me know.
Sundays are now all about you.