This week’s tip for new cooks is to give yourself permission to use some premade things. Not every meal needs to be a gourmet classic, or wildly innovative. Sometimes, you just need to get food on the table in a hurry: you come home and can’t face being creative, or the turn-around between getting home and going to a lesson/event is less than an hour. There is no crime in using a pre-made sauce to speed yourself up.
This “recipe” is so easy you can’t really even call it cooking, but gives you a hearty meal in no time. Boil a pot of water and cook dried pasta for the time listed on the package (6-10 minutes). Drain it, return it to the pot and add the sauce (sundried tomato pesto in this case), some cherry tomatoes and a couple handfuls of spinach. Put the lid back on the pot and let it sit 3 minutes or so. The steam will warm the tomatoes and start to wilt the spinach. There is a quick, but delicious meal.