Showing posts with label Pasta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pasta. Show all posts

Vegetable Pasta Bake Recipe - No Need to Cook Pasta First!

This colourful comforting vegetable pasta dish was on the table ready to dive into in under 20 minutes; and that includes preparation.  And it was all cooked in ONE pot with no draining or need for another pan to saute the veg first, or even to cook the pasta first; bet you wouldn't believe me? Well it's all true and to find out more and for a giveaway read on!

Vegetable Pasta Bake

As part of my healthy eating plan and to lose a bit of weight for the #Jumpstart17 challenge I said I would have at least one meat free day per week.

You may have read my review of the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO - with this fantastic piece of kitchen kit you do not need to cook the pasta first; just add dry pasta straight from the packet! 
I mean how fantastic is that?

Optimum Pressure Cooker


Think how much time and washing up you save on, not to mention the mess of pots and pans everywhere.
  • I sauteed the chopped vegetables directly in the pan of the Pressure Cooker Pro.
  • I then added in a tin of tomatoes, plus herbs and seasoning along with 300 ml vegetable stock.
  • Add the dry pasta straight from the packet and pressed 'PASTA' setting.
  • 12 minutes later it was DONE and ready to serve!
Read on to enter the GIVEAWAY where one lucky reader will win one of their very own Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO!
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Tuna Napolitana - Quick and Easy Recipe

If you're stuck for ideas on what to cook for dinner and you're also in a hurry, this tasty Tuna Napolitana can be on the table and ready to eat in just 15 minutes; and most of the time I've quoted is bringing a pan of water to the boil to cook the pasta.

There are no fancy spices or expensive ingredients to buy either.  To find out what the big secret is please read on.......

Packet Mix

The secret is a packet mix!

Yep it's true - Knorr Naturally Tasty packet mixes have been designed to make authentic, great tasting meals that are quick and easy to prepare.  Of course I love cooking and so I wouldn't normally use a packet mix but having been sent some to try I have to say I'm impressed and love that they contain real vegetables and all the herbs, spices and seasoning.
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Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta

I love my freezer as I know that if I'm stuck for time there's always something in there enabling me to rustle up a quick dinner after a busy day.  With a little cheating by using frozen ready prepared veggies and a couple of store cupboard ingredients, my Super Quick Meatballs with Sweet Peppers and Pasta can be on the table in just under 30 minutes.  But more importantly, it's super tasty too.

Super Quick Meatballs

I have to admit I never used to venture into Iceland until they moved it to a more convenient location within our town center; and to be honest I still only popped in now and then.  When I was asked to create a recipe for their #PowerofFrozen campaign I had a proper good look and I hadn't realised what an absolutely fantastic range of frozen foods they now stock.

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Winter Vegetable Lasagne - Lower your Cholesterol with Flora ProActiv

High cholesterol is a major risk to heart disease as it contributes to the narrowing of vital arteries which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.  There are no obvious signs or symptoms with high cholesterol and HEART UK and Flora ProActiv are urging people to get their cholesterol level checked out.

If you do happen to have a high level of cholesterol the good news for most people is, there are simple and effective ways to lower cholesterol which include changes to diet and lifestyle.  Eating healthier, including super cholesterol busting food like plant sterols and getting more active helps lower cholesterol and most people will see an effect in as little as 3 weeks.

Simple diet changes are often all you need, check out this Winter Vegetable Lasagne recipe by Flora ProActiv.

Winter Vegetable Lasagne

The recipe was simple to make, tasty and very filling.  Fantastic for a midweek family meal and it's a great way to get kids to eat vegetables too!

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SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese

SPAM® have a lovely selection of really easy to make recipes that can be made and served in next to no time.  So once you're fed up with eating left overs from that huge Christmas dinner you made, why not have a go at this filling and comforting SPAM® Mac ‘n’ Cheese. 


Of course I'm not saying you have to wait until after Christmas to make this, give it a go tonight; kids and adults alike will love it!
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Super Quick and Healthy Vegetable Sauce for Pasta

Some people may think that making your own sauce is just too much trouble but it really isn't and vegetable pasta sauce is a great way to get your family eating their 5-a-day too.
Shop bought pasta sauces often contain a lot of sugar and salt so this is also a great way to eat more healthily. 


My vegetable pasta sauce can be made in pretty much the time it takes to boil a saucepan of water and cook the pasta!  

To make it in super quick time, I used the Zyliss® Easy Pull manual food processor which allows you to chop food with ease and consistency.  Chopping, mixing, blending and pureeing easier and is convenient too with no need or fuss for electric tools and gadgets. 
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Pork Ragu with Rigatoni Pasta

A nice steaming bowl of pasta with a lovely rich meat sauce is always a good thing.  I usually make ragu with half beef and half pork mince, but my freezer failed me there was no beef mince to be found!  Anyway, all was okay as this turned out just as tasty.


Bowl of Pork Ragu with Pasta

If you've never tried Sacla sun-dried tomato paste then you haven't lived, marvelous stuff.  Rich and sweet tasting and great in pasta dishes or soups - just saying.
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Easy Cheesy Chilli Pasta Bake - Leftover Recipe

When I make chilli con carne I always make too much, but not to fuss it doesn't get wasted.  Just pop any you have leftover into a nice clean tub and freeze.  When you want a quick dinner all you have to do it defrost and reheat, of course it must be piping hot.


Or you can do as I did, preheat your oven to 200C/400F or Gas 6
Cook some pasta in salted water as packet instructions - I used spiral shaped pasta but of course you can use whatever shape you fancy.  
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Quick and Easy Dinner - Lasagne

Much as I really love cooking, sometimes I simply don't have the time to spend in the kitchen.  I'm not usually a fan of those jars of ready made sauces but it has to be said I think they've come a long way from the over salty and sugary thick gooey sauces they were a while back.


So armed with a couple of big jars of Dolmio tomato, roasted onion and garlic sauce for lasagne and a large jar of their lasagne white sauce this lasagne was whipped up in no time and it tasted good.  

No need for a recipe as it tells you all this on the jar - apart from my adding red wine, oregano and black pepper.  Using a mixture of pork and beef mince gives the lasagne much more flavour and I really urge you to try it.

Just brown a mixture of half pork and half beef mince, when that's nicely cooked just add the tomato sauce.  Stir well and continue to cook for about 10 minutes or so.  As I say, I couldn't help pouring in a small glass of red wine since I think it adds to the flavour along with a pinch of dried oregano and a good pinch of black pepper.

Using ready made fresh lasagne sheets (made with free range eggs) just layer lasagne, tomato sauce followed by a layer of white sauce and repeat making sure you finish with a lasagne sheet topped with the rest of the white sauce.  Grated cheese is necessary of course!  Cover with kitchen foil and bake in a preheated oven 200C/400F of Gas 6 for about 40 minutes.  Remove the foil and return for a further 5 minutes of so till golden and bubbling.

Top Tip!
You can of course freeze your cooked lasagne just as long as it's fully defrosted before reheating till piping hot it will be fine.
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Noodlemania - Easy and Fun Pasta Recipes for Kids

For any parent with kids that are fussy eaters, I imagine actually getting them to eat can be a nightmare.
Since pasta seems to be loved by most kids and comes in a humongous range of shapes and sizes, with the help of 'Noodlemania' those nightmare feeding times could be over. 


 This book contains fifty fun looking recipes that kids will love to help make and more importantly, eat!
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Super Quick and Tasty Meatballs for Pasta Sauce

Now, I love cooking and am never happier than when I'm in my kitchen.  But sometimes there are days when you just run out of time but want to produce something half decent although quickish.  So, I allowed myself to use jar of ready made pasta sauce!

Having recently discovered Marks and Spencer's Tomato and Sweet Garlic Pasta Sauce,  trust me this sauce is good stuff and well worth buying. This along with a huge range other pasta sauces is available in their grocery section. 

Tasty Meatballs for Pasta Sauce

Produced in Italy this sauce is made from 90% Tomatoes, Extra Virgin olive oil, Garlic, Tomato Paste, Sea Salt, Parsley, Basil, Sugar and Ground Black Pepper.

Oh and don't fear at the thought of making meatballs, seriously they can be rustled up in next to no time.  My top tip is to always buy good quality meat from places you can trust and rely on to never let you down.
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Garofalo - Real Italian Pasta

With so very many different shapes of pasta around it's hard to know which pasta dishes they should be used for!

I have to admit I'd never tried Garofalo Pasta until recently when I was very kindly sent a huge range to try.  Of course I haven't got round to trying them all as yet, but one thing's for sure, this pasta is GOOD!

It's hard to describe but Garofalo Pasta certainly tastes richer and fuller in flavour than most other brands.  Yes I'm converted - Garofalo is the way to go if you want Top Quality Great Tasting Pasta.

Spaghetti with Chicken, Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes:


Garofalo Pasta have a huge range of pasta, sauces soups and more.
Created from only the finest durum wheat in Gragnano, which is in the shadows of the ruins of Pompeii. 
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Chicken Cacciatore - Spaghetti and Smoky Tomato Sauce

Jamie's 15 Minute Meals TV series starts this Monday 22nd October on Channel 4 - his latest book to accompany the series is out now and I've been sent a copy to review.


Packed full of amazing recipes that look really easy to make.  Flicking through I spied his Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti and Smoky Tomato Sauce and it had to be made that very day!
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Amatriciana - Spicy Bacon and Tomato Sauce

Quick to make and one of the tastiest pasta sauces ever and is nothing like the gloopy shop bought jarred stuff.  A rich tomatoey, bacony, sauce that you can make smooth or chunky, it's up to you. 

Amatriciana
  
Of course you can leave out the bacon for a vegetarian pasta sauce.  Nothing but Pasta and a good sprinkle of Parmesan is needed - oh except of course a glass of wine!   

Having had this for lunch at my friend Mary's house the other day, it was so delicious and everyone cleared their plates.  That's it, I had to make it.

 So, armed with the recipe even though there was absolutely nothing to fault with it I couldn't help but titivate it a bit.   Here's what I did....
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Philly Chilli Pasta Bake - Super Quick Recipe

Philadelphia have just launched some super speedy recipes that even Paul (the husband) could make!  I was asked to give one of them a go to see if they really are that easy and quick.


Okay my picture isn't the best but at least you can see I really did make it.
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Spaghetti with Chicken Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Along the lines of my Linguini with Prawns and Chorizo and just as yummy!  Not only is this pasta recipe easy to make, it looks good too.

Pasta

It's a fact of life that chicken and chorizo are a great combo anyway.  Add sun-dried tomatoes along with a bit of chilli for heat, throw in a few peas for colour and you have one delicious meal in no time at all.
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The Best Creamy Spaghetti alla Carbonara - easy to follow recipe

Adapted from Nigella Lawson's book 'Feast' this has to be the best Spaghetti Carbonara recipe ever. Now it's certainly not a good thing if you're trying to lose weight (as I am at the moment) but I'm sure it won't hurt every now and then.

Spaghetti Carbonara made with Cream

The lovely creamy sauce with a slight saltiness of the bacon and perfectly cooked pasta - nothing more is needed apart from a glass or two of wine.
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Linguine with King Prawns Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes

You don't have to go out to eat on Valentine's Day, it's really easy to cook something up at home.  There's something quite nice about not having to dress up and just sitting down together with a nice bowl of pasta and a bottle of wine.  There's a lovely mixture of tastes in this dish, King prawns and sun-dried tomatoes with chorizo and chilli are just perfect together. 

This is my entry to the Find Me A Gift Valentine's Day Food Blogger's Competition.  If you're looking for a gift for your Valentine, they have loads of Valentines Day Gifts to choose from both for him or for her. 

Linguine with King Prawns Chorizo and Sun-dried Tomatoes

This dish is perfect for a Valentine's dinner - just have everything prepared in advance and it's cooked in no time at all.
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No Cream - Spaghetti Carbonara for Two greedy people like us

Although there's no cream to be found in this Carbonara but it is still delicious.  So very easy to do and ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta.  Brilliant for a quick and filling weekday meal.

No Cream Spaghetti Carbonara

Done properly spaghetti is a truly lovely thing.  This post was written in 2011 and it's now 2017 - I'm in the middle of updating this website and desperately need to make this again to get a proper photo since this one doesn't do this dish the justice it deserves.
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Linguine with Prawns Chorizo Sun-dried Tomatoes and Chilli

Yesterday I fancied eating prawns. Why? I've no idea, but you know how you just fancy something sometimes.  Nothing else would do, so prawns it was and time to invent something!


Linguine

The flavour combo was amazing.  If I do say so myself I did a right good job of this dish and can't wait to make it again.
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