This is a version of a Jamie Oliver recipe. Bert spurned it, but I put that down to teething (teething which had miraculously disappeared by the time he was offered his first chocolate milkshake later). Not sure how we’ll justify his evil behaviour when those last two molars have come through.
Serves 3 generously
Selection of veg to roast (I used a carrot, 3 sticks of celery and a red pepper, but you could just use a couple of those, or substitute leek for the celery), roughly chopped
1/2 a punnet of cherry tomatoes
4 or 5 garlic cloves, whole and unpeeled
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1/2 tin of water
2 or 3 handfuls of alphabet pasta (or spaghetti broken up into pieces)
Spoonfuls of pesto and grated cheese to serve
Drizzle the veg, cherry tomatoes and garlic with olive oil and roast in a hot oven (220 degrees or the top of the Aga roasting oven) for about 40 minutes, till soft.
Set aside the garlic and tip the veg and juices into a pan, squeezing the soft garlic out of its papery cases into the veg. Add the tinned tomatoes and water and blitz with a blender to a nearly smooth onsistency. Stir the pasta through and bring the lot to a simmer on the hob, cooking till the pasta’s soft (about 7 to 10 minutes).
Serve with a blob of pesto and a sprinkling of grated cheese.
This did not get the dramatic ‘mmmm’s that the chocolate milkshake did. At least, not from Bert.