Picture of Pear and Leek Pasta
This is a great store cupboard meal, for when you need a quick after-work dinner.

Tinned pears are a fantastic thing to keep on hand, whether it be for breakfast, dinner or dessert.

Step 1:

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Serves 2
Prep Time: 5-10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

- a small knob of butter (optional)
- oil, for cooking
- 1 medium leek, roughly sliced
- 1x 400g/14oz. tinned pears, roughly chopped into small chunks
- 80-100g (3-3½oz.) pasta - I'm using mini shells
- ½ tsp dried thyme, to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 50g (¾ cup) fresh parmesan, grated


- use 2 fresh pears instead!
- fresh thyme or tarragon is great too!
- use sharp, mature cheddar instead
- replace parmesan with "vegan-friendly Italian-style cheese" to make it vegan

Stir it up by adding any of the following:

- bacon or pancetta
- leftover chicken or turkey
- cannellini beans

oakspoor2 years ago
I bet a little grated ginger would work well in this.
Why not? Never had cheese and ginger together before but the more I think about it, the more enticing it sounds.

I'll give it a go next time I cook this.

Thanks for the comment. =D
tinpie2 years ago
it looks fantastic...i will have try this, as i am a little skeptic about the pear and leek combo..but sounds delicious
LeahHawks (FoodNotions) (author)  tinpie2 years ago
Hahaha - I was wondering when someone was going to bring that one up.

I like your attitude, “i will have try this, as i am a little skeptic…” =D

I appreciate it’s a bit wacky at first glance but reckon you’ll be totally convinced when you try it…
I never pass judgement on any food dish unless I taste it, I eat pasta at least three times a week, so I am open to anything..thanks for writing back and if you get a chance check out my latest "instructable" the pasta roll....
eatproperly2 years ago
It does look yummy, I'm just thinking it would go well with a little stinky blue cheese crumbled through it
Definitely! - but I think I'd probably go for some potato gnocchi instead in that case. =D
Yum!! Thanks for the post.
Thanks for checking it out =D