I remember my mom saying that when she was a child, her mother prepared certain dishes on each day of the week, and Wednesday was the day for Pasta e Piselli. I don't have any pattern to my daily menus, although I admit it would make life so much easier!! I keep promising myself to try to be more organised but I cannot seem to shop with a list in hand! For a couple of years when I lived in Lakewood, NJ, I used to go grocery shopping with my friend Joyce. She was super organised! She had a list and coupons for many of the items on her list! I did coupon and shop with a list during those years because... with the money saved couponing Joyce and I would go out to lunch at Friendly's! I need incentive.. I always have!!
Pasta and peas is very easy to prepare and it's a good way to get kids to eat peas!
Ingredients for 1 portion (today I was alone for lunch!)
3 to 4 oz of pasta - the best choice would be small shells, but I used a mix of small pasta shapes.
1 cup frozen peas
1 small onion
a couple of sliced of left over baked ham, boiled ham or Canadian bacon
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
First, put a large pot of water on to boil for the pasta.
While the pasta is cooking, check the peas, ham and onions. By now most of the liquid should have evaporated. I like mine on the dry side, but if you like a more soupy sauce, you can simmer the peas, ham and onions with a lid on the pot to conserve the liquid.