I would like to share my favorite pesto pasta recipe with you though. It's just so easy and you can make it before your favorite TV show is on. Put the kettle on, so the water can come to a boil, while you light the fire place in the den. Pour the boiling water into a large cookery pot. Throw in as much pasta as you can handle (I prefer tagliatelli in this recipe) and don't forget to salt the water. Pick the perfect pasta bowl out of your cupboard and get it ready. Drain the cooked pasta, leaving some cooking liquid in it. Stir it up with wonderful red pesto (store bought is just fine this time - no time to make our own), toasted pine nuts (keep them in a tupperware container so you always have them ready), strips of smoked ham (how about Serrano or Parma ham?), some cut up chest nut mushrooms (no need to cook them in advance - they will wilt in the hot pasta) and a tablespoon of double cream to make it even more scrumptious. Rush back to the fridge, to grab that piece of Parmesan that has been waiting for you all along, and use a carrot peeler to make the perfect cheese curls this pasta requires. You're ready for the show. Just make yourself comfortable on the couch, covered up with your favorite blanket and dive into this delicious pasta. The heat of the fireplace will warm your cheeks and the pasta will warm your tummy. My idea of a bowl of comfort food.
Don't forget to have chocolate mousse for dessert.. To be continued.