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Sarah Caron is a Connecticut-based freelance writer and editor. She lives with her wonderful husband, two adorable kids and two funny beagles. Check out her food blog at Sarah's Cucina Bella.

Pantry- friendly dinner

Not sure what's for dinner? That's never a good feeling. But don't worry -- you needn't make a run to the grocery store for supplies.That's right: You can make these meals from some basic items that you probably have in the pantry already. Easy peasy.

Pasta with peas and cheese

Pasta with peas and cheese

This is a start-and-go meal that cooks very fast. Kids love it!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1/2 pound dried pasta (mini penne works well)
1 cup frozen peas
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, Romano or provolone cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of water to boiling.
2. Add the pasta and the peas to the pot and cook according to pasta package directions.
3. Drain the pasta/pea mixture well and transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the butter and stir until melted.
4. Sprinkle evenly with cheese and stir well. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

To serve:
Divide the pasta evenly among four bowls. If desired, top with some leftover sliced chicken.

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