Garlic Noodles

These deliciously addictive noodles are the easiest recipe I have tried. Chef John uses spaghetti but we love the texture of fat egg noodles. The combination of the Asian flavours along with the Parmesan cheese and butter make for an unusual pairing of salty and buttery flavour. Served on their own or as a side…

Gnocchi in Parmesan Cream Sauce

This deliciously creamy dish of soft pillows of gnocchi with chicken, bacon and vegetables is so easy to make and takes no time at all to have on the table. My husband makes leftover mashed potatoes into gnocchi and freezes it so we always have a bag available at any given time. We first tried…

Surprise Secret Ingredient Spaghetti

This super quick and simple pasta dish is utterly delicious and a wonderful go-to when the cupboards are looking a bit bare. The surprise secret ingredient is good old Aussie Vegemite and it really works remarkably well. Nigella Lawson does a quick kids recipe using Marmite which can also be used if you’re not Vegemite…

One Pot Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

Every now and then a recipe pops up in my social media for one pot pasta dishes. I am usually sceptical about how they will taste and the texture of the pasta etc. This one from Tasty is very good and so simple. We love a good meatball and these turn out juicy and delicious…

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…