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10 years on and I'm still enjoying modelling. With four adorable children 5 and under to feed - not forgetting a very hungry husband as well - making quick healthy tasty food means I can balance my work and home life....that's the plan anyway!! I'm happy to share my tried and tested favourite recipes with other parents. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do..... Love Gemma xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 25 October 2010

Tomato pasta lots of ways and boy its easy!

Goodness me I super duper tired I have been to the zoo today with my girls, some mummy friends and their children! My girls seem to run fast in opposite directions to each other and no matter how loud I shout/bellow their names they don't come back! To make things worse I saw a women on her own with four children all holding onto a buggy and walking nicely - How?! I can't keep two going the same way! So this leads me into my quickest pasta, you can do it lots of ways its so easy and there is a type for everyone! Have a look round your supermarket next time there is so many different shapes and colours of pasta, kids love fun things - Merina favourite at the moment is the big Pasta shells!

Top tip - M&S sell men's work shirts that are none iron! I so far have bought Glen four I wash, tumble and quickly hang them on hangers - job done! Thank you M&S!!
  • Tin of tomatoes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • Herbs of your choice - Oregano, thyme

Additions to this

  • Sausage meat simply squeezed out of a sausage and fried in round balls 3/4 minutes
  • Mince rolled into balls fried 4/5 minutes
  • Tin of tuna stirred in
  • Poached/fried Salmon flaked in


  1. Dice onions, fry in medium sized pan, add tomatoes, puree and herbs cook for 10 minutes.
  2. This can be served as it is or you can add one of the extra ingredients from above to make it more tasty and filling. I love the sausage one its so simple and mess free!
  3. Cook and serve with your favourite pasta.


  1. I loved the account of the day trip to zoo - having done shopping trip with you Saturday I can only imagine!

    I agree about the shirts - I think if you have a man who wears shirts it should be compulsory that they come with a pack of five non-iron shirts!

    Big pasta shells - chip of this old block!!

  2. Made this for tea - perfect and v v easy after a packed lunch and me not having time to prep cos I was writing an essay all about teenage motherhood.