Welcome to a series on simple suppers, some ideas for meals with your family which don’t take complicated prep or ingredients and often use left overs so are economically friendly too.

We are a busy family, on any given day we have at least two activities going on after school. I’m also a freelance photographer and working mum and I’ve fallen in love with the art of slow roasting/cooking as it frees me up to do work not be in the kitchen. This is quite the reverse from growing up and being lucky enough to be a daughter to a wonderful Chinese mother who cooked fresh from scratch everyday and normally at great speed in a wok. So it somehow feels wrong to have things slowly simmering away for hours but it fits our lifestyle and allows me to multitask without losing all my hair with stress.

Don’t get me wrong I LOVE to cook but midweek, it’s nice to have a simple supper which is healthy and quick and requires minimal supervision in the kitchen.

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  • Pasta – any shape you like and have available – we love bows (we’re so girlie)
  • Chorizo
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Herbs – whatever you have to hand
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar


Pre-heat your oven to about Gas Mark 5. Take an oven tray and drizzle some olive oil over it. Pop your cherry tomatoes onto it, season with salt and pepper, tear up some herbs and sprinkle balsamic vinegar over it and put into the oven. You’ll need to leave it there for approx 1hr.

About 10mins before the tomatoes are done pop your pasta into a pan of boiling slightly salted water.

Cut up the chorizo into large chunks ready to mix into the cherry tomatoes as they come out of the oven. Grate some cheese for topping off your pasta – an absolute must in our house.

Once the tomatoes are done. Take them out of the oven, chuck on the chorizo and mix so all the sticky goo covers everything. Drain the pasta and now throw that on top of the tomatoes and chorizo in their tray and re-mix together so everything is coated with the same lovely juices.

Dish up and serve with grated cheese on-top.

The whole supper took about an hour and a half – with only 10-15 mins of that being actual prep and throwing it all together at the end.

Remember, adventure is out there!

Nat x