Zucchini, Bacon & Fetta Pasta

There’s nothing as fresh and delicious as spaghetti with Zucchini, bacon & fetta.  We often get sick of tomato based sauces and creamy concoctions and yearn for something bright and zesty.  The added attraction of adding some veggies into anything is always a bonus. This dish can be made in just the time it takes…

Jamie’s Macaroni Cheese

I love Jamie Oliver recipes and always find them very easy to make.  He also offers a different twist on basic foods which I enjoy very much.  His Mac Cheese is one of these.  I made it exactly as he instructs except I used Panko crumbs instead of fresh breadcrumbs and longer pasta shapes. Don’t…

Spaetzle Dumplings

Spaetzle are a kind of soft egg noodle or dumpling found in the cuisines of southern Germany and Austria, Switzerland and Hungary.  They go perfectly with saucy stews or casseroles and are perfect for soaking up the juices when served with sausages and sauerkraut. The batter takes only a few minutes to prepare and the result is…

Pancetta & Parsnip Pappardelle

I saw Jamie Oliver prepare this on TV many years ago and was very impressed with how quick & easy it was.  The combination of Pancetta, parsnip and rosemary go together really well.  Use a vegetable peeler to shave the parsnips into lovely ribbons which only take minutes to soften and cook. This is also…

Linguine with Smoked Chicken, Zucchini, Mushrooms & Pesto

Already cooked in a little vacuum sealed packet smoked chicken is a terrific food to keep in the fridge – we put it on pizza, toss it through pasta and add it to creamy risotto. This recipe is a lovely combination of flavours and only takes minutes to make.  Vegetarians can omit the chicken and…

Tortellini Bake

This is another Jamie Oliver recipe – I love his style as it quite general and if you add a bit more of this and little less of that, it stills tastes great! This dish takes very little effort and is a beauty – baked filled pasta – what could be better?  Shoving it all…

Moroccan Style Chicken with Olives & Preserved Lemon

We love the salty tangy taste of olives and preserved lemons together in a dish and nothing is easier than this North African inspired chicken recipe.  So quick and easy to prepare and when served with Giant Cous Cous is a wonderfully satisfying meal. Giant Cous Cous is sometimes called Pearl or Israeli Cous Cous and…

Chorizo & Spinach Spaghetti Carbonara

We love Spaghetti Carbonara and eat it a lot as it’s probably the easiest pasta dish to put together.  When hubby suggested adding chorizo sausage instead of bacon that sounded very interesting and combined with the spinach it was really delicious… Nutmeg is the best friend of spinach and I always add a pinch when…

Go-To Tomato Sauce for Pasta…

We have a personality on radio here who is not only a marvellous raconteur but also an excellent chef.   We listen to him quite a bit and over the years have cooked some of his suggestions.  This terrific recipe is one of his and is so easy to make when you have almost nothing in your…

Creamy Garlic & Chilli Prawns with Pasta

Who doesn’t love creamy garlic prawns?  Who doesn’t love pasta?  Well here’s the best of both worlds.  This delicious pasta sauce takes only minutes to make and looks wonderful.  The pasta I used this time was a mixture of linguine and curly fettuccine – a lovely combination of textures… We always have a big bag…

Spaghetti Con Vongole

I recently joined Costco and to my delight discovered they sell packages of snap frozen fresh clams in the shell.  I adore these delicious little bivalves and always love the way the dish of pasta looks with the little shells peeking out.  After some investigating on the Internet, I realised my idea of how to…

Chorizo & Ham Pasta Bake

I often make a huge tray of pasta bake as it is always very tasty, very quick to put together and it freezes well.   We always have boxes of various cooked pasta in the freezer and it makes life very easy when deciding what to have for lunch. This pasta bake has a bit of everything…