Archie's enduring love of pasta shows no sign of ending and, to keep myself from dying of boredom due to repeatedly cooking the same thing, I am trying to keep it at least half way interesting. 

Our conversations around meal times go a little like this:

Me: 'Arch, what would you like for lunch/dinner?'

Arch: 'Pasta mummy' [delivered incredulously with a top note of 'Seriously?! Must I keep repeating myself?']

Me: SIGH [goes and has a loooong sit down]

Life's busy and Kidchup keeps me in the kitchen two days a week at the moment so often I make pesto, freeze it and then resort to that in various iterations during the week. This week I had some Chorizo knocking about and planned on making something with Orzo but found I only had alphabet shapes so used them instead. I'm also trying to get Archie curious about letters and phonetics as the dreaded SCHOOL APPLICATION looms large and I've added 'must get him school ready' to my list of shit to worry about so, think this must've been knocking about in my subconscious too.

This is speedy but it does require stirring so you can't go off and leave it but it's also only labour intensive for ten minutes so, no biggie.


A glug of extra virgin olive oil
1 white onion diced
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 sprig of fresh thyme
3 mini chorizo sausages sliced small (I used these ones from Sainsbury’s)
100g Alphabet shape pasta (I used these ones)
400ml boiling water
40g frozen peas
Handful of chopped flat leaf parsley
Squeeze of fresh lemon
Parmesan for sprinkling
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste (see footnote)

1. Cook the onions, garlic and thyme leaves over a medium heat for five minutes until they start to soften, you don’t want them to brown. Stir from time to time to make sure it isn’t catching

2. Add the chorizo and cook for a further 5 minutes, again stirring occasionally to make sure it’s not sticking

3. Add the pasta and stir to coat in the juices. Turn the heat up and add the boiling water and stir constantly as it will stick to the bottom of the pan

4. After three minutes add the peas and keep stirring. If it feels like the pasta’s absorbing all the water before it’s cooked just add 50ml more water a bit at a time and turn the heat down a little

5. After roughly nine minutes your pasta should be cooked. Stir in a handful of chopped flat leaf parsley, a squeeze of lemon, some freshly ground black pepper and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

Serve immediately