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Salmon & Broccoli Pasta Bake

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Yum. Looking in my cupboards tonight I needed to use up an opened carton of tomatoes, packet of broccoli and cauliflower so this is what I came up with. Already planning on having salmon just didn’t know what with, so this was one of those delicious last minute meals. And under 500 calories it was healthier too.

 

Makes 2 portions

100g Wholemeal Fusilli Pasta (or penne if you prefer)

Handful or Broccoli florets and Cauliflower

1 tbsp low fat butter

1 tbsp plain flour

100ml skimmed milk

10g grated blue cheese (or cheddar if you prefer)

2 Scottish salmon fillets – cut into strips. (bite size pieces)

100g chopped tinned tomatoes

1 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp dried dill

Pepper to taste

1 tsp melted butter

2 tbsp panko breadcrumbs

 

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 deg
  2. Boil the pasta as per instructions and add the broccoli and cauliflower 4 minutes before ready.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the béchamel sauce melt 1 tbsp butter in a pan and add the flour, mix, slowly add in the milk, little at a time constantly whisking to prevent lumps. Remove from heat when it starts to thicken up. Then stir in the grated cheese.                                                                                              20190619_153535
  4. Mix the sauce into the pasta and empty into an oven proof dish, add the salmon and tomatoes and mix through. Season. Mix the panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter and sprinkle the panko breadcrumbs over.                                      20190619_154431
  5. Bake in the oven for approx 30 minutes. Serve.

 

 

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Chorizo & Bolognese Bake

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Yummy little dish, I got this recipe from Pinch of Nom and added my own stamp to it. I do love one pot cooking and especially slow cooking too, it is sometimes so good just to put something in the oven and carry on with your daily tasks.  This was slow cooked for 5 hours and was delicious. A really good simple throw together meal.

 

Makes 2 large servings

300g Scottish beef mince

350g passata

300g tin tomatoes

60g chopped chorizo

1 tbsp tomato puree

1 carrot, diced

1 red onion, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 stick celery, diced

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp worcestershire sauce

1 beef stock cube crumbled

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

100g dried wholemeal pasta

150ml boiling water

40g low fat cheddar

Salt & pepper

 

  1. Set your oven to slow cook setting if you have one, if not this can be done in a slow cooker on med-high setting.                                                                          20190614_133920
  2. Firstly brown the mince in a pan with salt, pepper and garlic then remove and place into an oven proof dish                                                            20190614_122930
  3. Next add in all the other ingredients with the exception of the pasta, cheese and boiling water, cover and bake for 4.5 hours
  4. Add in the pasta and boiling water to the dish and mix through, bake for a further 30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.                                                    20190614_165140
  5. 10 minutes before ready, sprinkle on the cheese and allow to melt through.                20190614_171811
  6. Serve. Yummy!

 

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Beef Ragout

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Oh yummy! I’m still trying to look for alternative healthier options to my meals and this recipe I came across on Eating well website. A few tweeks to suit our own tastes and voila it was super tasty and quite filling too.

 

Serves 2

400 g Scottish Steak (cubed)

1 red onion – cut into wedges

1 clove garlic – minced

400ml Beef Stock

1/2 cup of Red wine

70g sugar snap peas

1 red pepper – sliced about 0.5cm thick

8 cherry tomatoes – halved

Cornflour to thick sauce – I used about 2 tbsps

1 tbsp tomato paste

Salt & pepper to taste

80-100g pasta (I used wholewheat as a healthier option)

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a large pan, add in the steak and brown, season with salt & pepper. Remove with a slotted spoon once browned all over.
  2. Fry the onions and red peppers with the garlic and tomato paste.
  3. Add back to the pan the steak, red wine & beef stock bring to the boil then reduce to a very low simmer and slow cook with lid on for about 4-5 hours.
  4. Just before serving cook your pasta as per packet instructions, drain then add the the pan along with the sugar snap peas and cherry tomatoes. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  5. If sauce is still watery, make up your cornflour and stir in until you achieve the desired thickness of sauce.
  6. Season some more and serve.

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Meatball & Chorizo Spicy Pasta

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This little dish was super tasty with a little kick, perfect for a Saturday night dinner. My ultimate favourite is 1 pan cooking (well kinda..lol), don’t you just love throwing everything in to 1 pot, easy cooking, less washing up….lol!

We served this with a glass of Chardonnay and it went perfectly well.

 

Serves 2

6-8 Beef Meatballs (sliced in half)

150g pasta (I used wholewheat Fusilli)

200g tin tomatoes

75g chopped chorizo (good quality, we love Picante)

1 red onion (chopped)

1 red pepper (chopped)

1 carrot (chopped)

1 garlic clove (crushed)

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried basil (I would recommend using fresh, but unfortunately I didn’t have any)

1 chopped chilli or 1 tsp dried chillies

1 tbsp tomato paste

1/2 tsp sugar

Salt & Pepper to season

Parmesan to garnish

 

  1. First bring to the boil a pan of salted water and cook pasta for about 8-10 minutes, Save about 1/2 cup of the pasta water, drain pasta and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan, add the meatballs & chorizo and brown all over. When browned remove with a slotted spoon and put to the side.              20190309_161229
  3.  Heat 1 tbsp oil and add the peppers, onions, carrots, garlic and thyme and gently cook until slightly tender.                                                                                             20190309_162319
  4. Return the meatballs and chorizo back to the pan, add the sauce and bring to a simmer for a few minutes until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Then add the pasta to the pan along with the remaining pasta water and simmer for a further 5 minutes to warm through.                                                        20190309_163146
  6. Serve with some grated parmesan and chopped basil. Yummy!

 

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Italian Smokey & Spicy Sausage & mushroom pasta

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Oh yummy. I had some pasta left over and some Italian sausage that I bought recently that needed to be used up, so looking in my cupboards this is what I threw together and it worked an absolute treat. Super tasty and filling.

 

Makes 2 servings

100g pasta (of your choice)

50g spiced italian sausage (any of your choice)

4/5 mushrooms – sliced

handful of piccolo tomates (or cherry if you have) – sliced in half

Cheesy White Sauce (find my recipe here)

 

  1. Cook pasta as per instructions
  2. Gently fry the sausage, tomatoes and mushrooms in a pan
  3. Drain the pasta the add the sausage, mushroom and tomatoes to the pasta pan then pour over the sauce and mix through.
  4. Serve. Yummy quick 10 minute meal.

I add some extra dried chillies to mine (optional)

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Spicy Italian Sausage Agnolotti with a Creamy White Wine Sauce

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OMG!…..I got my pasta maker a wee while ago and have been dying to try these.

Originally from Piedmont Italy, agnolotti are said to have been conceived at some point in the 14th century. The dish was so revered that it was named after the chef who created it.

Easier to make than its fiddly relatives ravioli and tortellini, agnolotti are small parcels made by piping dots of filling and folding and pinching it to seal. Normally around 3cm in size, miniature versions are also popular and are known as ‘Agnolotti del plin’, meaning ‘pinched’.

 

Makes 2-4 portions

To make the Pasta

275g ‘OO’ Pasta Flour

3 eggs

Salt

 

  1. Sift Flour and make into a ring on your worktop or put into a bowl of a mixer and make a well in the middle. Whisk the eggs and pour into the middle, add salt. Gently mix the flour and eggs together until you get a dough, knead for a few minutes until smooth.
  2. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

     

To make the Sausage mixture

1 packet of Italian Sausages or any of your preference. I found these in my local supermarket and they are super tasty.                                                                           20181003_113657

1 Leek – sliced

 

  1. Heat a little oil in a non stick pan.
  2. Break up the sausages and lightly fry until browned, remove to the side.
  3. Add a little butter to the pan and fry the leeks until slightly browned.
  4. Add both the sausage and leek to a processor and blitz until small pieces.              20181003_113913

 

To assemble to Agnolotti

  1. Remove pasta from fridge and cut into 4 pieces.
  2. Flatten each pasta piece with you hand and feed through a pasta machine. I used 5 passes on No. 1, 3 passes on No. 3, 2 passes on No. 5, 2 passes on No. 6, 1 pass through on No. 7.  You want it so the pasta is about 2mm thick and at least 30cm long.
  3. Take a small tsp of the sausage mixture and place onto the pasta in the middle leaving 1cm in between each spoonful. 20181003_125100
  4. Take the bottom end and fold over the mixture to make a tube like shape and press to seal along lengthways. Trim to neaten.
  5. Taking your finger,  press in between each section to make the individual parcels. Take the top section lengthways and fold back over the pasta to create a parcel.

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  6.  Using a cutter slice each section and place onto a tray.                                                 20181003_132206
  7. You can now refigerate until you are ready to cook.
  8. When ready, bring a larg pan to boil add some salt, cook for about 3 – 5 minutes until ready.
  9. Meanwhile make the sauce

 

To make the White wine sauce

1 x 18.7cl bottle of white wine

200g Creme Friache (I used low fat)

75ml Skimmed Milk

Salt & pepper to taste

Fresh Coriander – finely chopped

Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon

 

  1. Gently heat a non stick pan and pour the white wine in, bring to a boil and reduce until half.
  2. Add in the creme friache, milk, salt, pepper, lemon juice and coriander and continue to boil for about 5 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.
  3. When pasta is ready, drain and put into the pan of sauce and mix together.    20181003_182309
  4. I served on a bed a steamed vegetables.
  5. I have a steam pot, so I put some asparagus, spinach and sweet peppers in and steamed for 2 minutes.                                                                                               20181003_180254

 

If you have some pasta left over, you can wrap in cling film and freezer for up to 1 month.

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Balsamic Honey Glaze Chicken with Basil Infused Pasta

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Fresh Pasta is just the best, but I always make far too much, I really need to learn my portion sizes…lol. Today I came across a recipe for balsamic chicken so I decided to try it out but add a little honey to it for the glaze and flavour, it was delicious.

For the pasta: (makes 4 servings)

275g ‘OO’ Grade Pasta Flour

3 large eggs

1 tbsp dried basil

 

  1. Sift the flour & put basil into the large bowl on Kitchen Aid mixer or work surface.
  2. Make a well in the middle. Crack one egg in and whisk gently.
  3. Gently with your hands start to incorporate the flour starting at the bottom, once it starts to come together crack the 2nd egg, then the 3rd until it becomes sticky.
  4. Using the dough hook on the mixer, knead together until you get a smooth like dough. Remove, cover with cling film and leave for about 1 hour.
  5. Attach the pasta attachment, cut the pasta dough into 4 sections.
  6. Flatten dough with hand then feed through the pasta maker, No. 1 x 5, No. 3 x 2, No. 5/6 x 1
  7. Change attachment to fettuccine and feed through. Hang until ready to cook.
  8. Heat a large pan of slightly salted water and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Strain

For the Balsamic Honey Chicken:-

2 Chicken Breasts (1 per person)

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp honey

1 tsp rainbow pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp ginger powder

1 tbsp olive oil

 

  1. Place chicken breast in a dish. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a seperate dish then pour over the chicken. Marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.       20180817_165345
  2. Pre heat your grill to medium heat and gently grill the chicken on the wire shelf for about 16-17 minutes turning halfway through. Tip:- place a tray of cold water underneath to catch any drips but this also adds a little steam to help keep the chicken moist. (I have a chicken breast setting on my oven which I used, this automatically controls the temperature).                                                              20180817_184552   20180817_185950
  3. Meanwhile cut some baby tomatoes in half (I used vittoria tomatoes), and place in the dish with remaining marinade sauce and mix. Place in the oven with the chicken beasts and next shelf down (underneath).                                        20180817_185110
  4. Remove chicken from grill and slice lengthways, tip into the drained pasta along with the tomatoes and sauce and combine. Serve. Yummy!

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