I've been out the whole day, and I had a work-related meeting 'till 9 p.m, so when I arrived home I was tired and starving. So, what quicker dinner (except microwaved) could you possibly make than pasta... I can't say I was brimming with inspiration, so I made spaghetti with tomato sauce and adding a few other ingredients, we even ended up with two versions of the meal. Here is the recipe.
1/2 packet of spaghetti (250 g or 1/2 lb)
5 ripe tomatoes
150 g (5 oz) of olives
1 clove of garlic or a pinch of powdered garlic
200 g (7 oz) of sour cream
150g (5 oz) smoked ham
1 can of tuna
50g (2 oz) grated cheese
salt, pepper, oregano (can be substituted with basil, thyme or any other herbs you like)
Tomato sauce: dice the tomatoes, and put them in a hot, oiled pan together with the garlic. Add the olives (whole or chopped whichever way you like), salt, pepper and oregano. Cook until the sauce thickens a little bit (5 to 10 minutes will be more than enough).
Cook the pasta in salted water. When draining spaghetti, always leave just a touch of moisture, because as the pasta is cooling, the moisture keeps evaporating and it will end up too dry if you drain it too thoroughly.
Mix the pasta with the sour cream and tuna or chopped (or thinly sliced) ham. Put some sauce on top, and grate a generous amount of cheese (I went with some sweet, rich French trappist).