Jamie Oliver Just Solved Your 'What's For Dinner' Problem

It takes just three minutes or less

Not everyone has the time (or the enthusiasm) to whip up a five-course meal each evening. Yet we still want to sit down to food that's delicious. That leaves us with a couple of choices - we either eat out or we get familiar with a few basic meals that are tasty, but require little to no effort. If that sounds appealing then you might like to consider Italian, says chef Jamie Oliver.

“It’s the ideal cuisine for those with limited time on their hands,” says Jamie. Yes, he may be the most British boy you've ever stumbled across in your life, but Jamie is well known for his passion for pasta. One of the reasons for the affable chef's affinity for Italian is that it's quick and easy.

"When it comes to Italian, all it takes is a little love and care to transform seasonal ingredients into a dish the whole family will love," he says.

Of course, there is a huge range of simple Italian meals to choose from but Jamie says pasta mixed with a basic sauce is one we should all know how to cook.

The pasta is up to you. All you need do is read the instructions on the packet. The sauce can be created by doing the following.

Arrabiata Pasta with Chilli and Garlic

Buy a couple of small chillies and  prick them with a knife. “If you don’t prick them, they’ll explode,” Jamie says, adding, “instead of getting a really fiery heat, you get a warm sort of mellow heat. I really like that.”

Heat some oil in a saucepan and add the chilli. Slice some garlic and stir it in with the chilli.

Next, tear up some plum tomatoes by hand and add, followed by a  pinch of salt. Bring this to the boil.

Now it's time to put that pasta into some boiling water. When ready, drain the pasta almost completely. “A little moisture will keep the pasta fresh and loose,” says Jamie.

Stir the pasta into the sauce, and toss in a few torn fresh basil leaves.  Freshly steamed clams, olives or a swig of white wine are all excellent optional extras. You can sprinkle over some pangritata (see below), and a drizzle of olive oil.

Jamie’s Pangritata

Pangritata is a simple combination of left-over breadcrumbs, garlic and thyme fried in oil. Jamie suggests adding to pastas and salads. “It gives an amazing garlicy crunch."

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