The quickest dinner you’ll ever make (besides toast)

Sometimes, I get home on a Friday night, I’ve finished the work week, and I just have no energy left. The first thing my mind used to go to was picking up some take away on the way home. But, not only is this bad for the waistline, bad for the budget, but it often creates a whole lot of waste – and doesn’t fit with the life I want anymore. But I have a quick pasta recipe that will have you sitting down to dinner in under 10 minutes.

All you need is a tin of tomatoes, (or 4 fresh tomatoes, diced), some onion, garlic and herbs or seasoning of your choice, and of course, some pasta! I use whole grain pasta, but you can use whatever shape or style pasta that you like.


First things first, boil the kettle and turn on two stove elements. Once the kettle is boiled, put some pasta in the pot and cover with water. In the other pot, put some olive oil or water, the onion, and the garlic.

Cook on a low heat until the onion is lightly brown, and add half a tin of tomatoes per serving. I usually add a little water to the tomato tin and swirl it around, making sure I don’t waste any tomato. Even if you use fresh tomato, a little of the pasta water will bring up the flavor of the sauce.

Ensure you stir the pasta in the other pot. Once the tomato begins to heat, add the herbs, spices, and seasonings. I usually use mixed Italian herbs and Worcestershire sauce, with some salt or pepper if it needs it. Bring back to the heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked.

Strain the pasta, making sure you keep the remainder of the water, even if its just to water your plants.


Then serve! In less than 10 minutes, for WAY less than $10, you have a quick, easy, healthy dinner, that requires very little clean up (unless you cook like me).


Have you got any quick and easy recipes? Id love to hear them! Comment below or tag @minimizethewaste in a post on Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe to get updates when I post a new blog. Happy cooking!


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