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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 in it – what ever you have in the fridge can be added in.  I add just grated cheese as I find the cheese sauces can be just a bit too rich even for our tastes.  There’s so much going on in this pasta it doesn’t need a creamy sauce to enhance it.  I added in swiss brown mushrooms and a bag of spinach but you can add other vegetables such as zucchini, carrots or corn as well.

The amount shown will serve 10-12 people so it is also good to take to a party to share amongst friends…


Ingredients:

750g penne pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 large red onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek (or 1 long red chilli with seeds)

2 chorizo sausages, skin removed and chopped into small pieces

4 ham steaks, chopped into small cubes

1 punnet Swiss Mushrooms, finely sliced

1 large bag of baby spinach

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Salt & pepper to taste

500g grated cheese

Panko crumbs

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Dried chilli flakes
Method:

Cook the pasta until just al dente and drain thoroughly

In the meantime fry the onion, chilli and garlic in the olive oil in a large pan

Throw in the chorizo and ham steak and cook until coloured

Add in mushrooms and spinach and combine thoroughly until spinach is wilted

Season with nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste

Combine the pasta, sausage and ham mixture and grated cheese together mixing well

Pour into a large baking dish and sprinkle with panko crumbs, grated parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of dried chilli flakes

Bake in an 180c fan-forced oven for about 30-40 minutes until golden brown and the topping is crisp

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

 

Macaroni with Ham and Cheese

This crunchy pasta dish is so easy to make and tastes really good!  It’s a different take on the old favourite Macaroni Cheese – not so rich because there is no cheese sauce – just cheese!  You can really add anything you fancy to this dish – I often add a punnet of chopped button mushrooms.  Another nice variation is stirring through two or three chopped hard-boiled eggs – depends what you have in the fridge! 🙂

Ingredients:

1 250 gram packet of macaroni – I use elbows

3 ham steaks

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 onion finely chopped

1 clove of garlic – grated

1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek  (A paste made from ground red chillies – I use Conimex brand)

1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

salt & pepper to taste

4 cups of grated cheese

Panko crumbs for the topping

Method:

Boil the macaroni as per instructions on the packet until just el dente

While the pasta is cooking, fry the onions, garlic & chilli paste in the olive oil

Chop the ham steaks into small cubes and toss in with the onion mixture

Season with the nutmeg, salt & pepper to taste

When pasta is ready, drain and mix thoroughly with the ham and onion mixture

Add in the grated cheese and stir though to combine

Tip this into a casserole dish and sprinkle generously with Panko crumbs

Bake at 200c (fan forced) for around 20 minutes or until crumbs are nice & golden

Bon Appetit!

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