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.

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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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