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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 add more mushrooms & zucchini.

The amounts below will feed 4 people…   Enjoy!

Linguine with Smoked Chicke Zucchini and Mushroom

Ingredients:

400g dried linguine pasta

Olive oil

1 smoked chicken breast fillet, thinly sliced

2 zucchini, trimmed, thinly sliced diagonally

2 garlic cloves, crushed

½ cup mushrooms finely sliced

3 generous tablespoons bought basil pesto

½ cup fresh basil leaves, coarsely torn

Good handful of coarsely grated parmesan

Method:

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente.

Drain and return to the pan.

Meanwhile, heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.

Gently heat the olive oil and add the zucchini and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is tender.

Add the mushrooms and cook for a further few minutes

Add the chicken and cook for a couple of minutes to heat through.

Add the pesto and basil leaves to the chicken, zucchini and mushroom mixture and combine gently

Add the drained pasta and toss to combine all ingredients

Serve piping hot and top with the parmesan to serve

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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 pantry.   I have tweaked it slightly by adding some sugar which takes the acidity from the tomatoes…

Tip:  Tinned Italian tomatoes are the best – don’t know why – just are..  Do not fear the humble anchovy.  They don’t so much add to the taste but give an underlying zing to the entire sauce.  These are essential for this sauce…

Thanks Bob Hart – this is delicious – we also use it as a base for pizza – sensational!

Bob Hart Napoli Sauce

This amount will serve 4-6 people depending on how greedy you are feeling…

Bob Hart Napoli Pasta

Ingredients:

800g tin whole peeled tomatoes

4 anchovy fillets

2 cloves garlic, grated

100 grams butter

Generous pinch of chilli flakes

1 teaspoon of sugar

Salt & pepper to taste

Balsamic vinegar to taste (optional)

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Pasta of your choice cooked el dente

 

Method:

Set your oven to 190C.

Tip the contents of your tin of whole, peeled tomatoes into an ovenproof bowl and squeeze them through your fingers.

Add the anchovy fillets, garlic cloves, butter and a generous pinch of dried chilli flakes.

Check the seasoning, and add salt & pepper if required.

Roast this mixture in the oven, giving it a good stir every 10 minutes or so, for about 40 minutes, and then mash well with a potato masher.

Adjust seasoning and add some balsamic vinegar to give it a zesty zing…

Cook pasta according to packet instructions, reserve some of the cooking liquid and return pasta to the pot.

Add the tomato sauce and enough of the pasta water to thin slightly, and toss the pasta through the sauce for a couple of minutes.

Finish with another pinch of the chilli flakes and plenty of finely grated parmesan.

Choose your red wine carefully…

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

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 of frozen prawn cutlets (they are the really big ones) in the freezer to add to pasta, risotto or stir-fries.  When some unexpected visitors drop by they are your best friend as you can always make something with them to impress and delight…

This recipe makes enough for two hungry people…

Creamy Garlic & Chilli Prawn Pasta

Ingredients:

12 large raw prawn cutlets

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large clove of garlic, grated

1 long red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (leave the seeds in for hotter taste)

6 spring onions, finely sliced

1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons light sour cream

Salt & pepper to taste

1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

Addition parsley for garnish

Spaghetti, fettuccine or linguine cooked al dente

Method:

Place a large pot of salted water to the boil and throw in pasta

In the meantime, heat the olive oil, garlic, spring onion and chilli in a large frypan and gently fry for a few minutes until coloured

Add in the prawns and fry until pink and just cooked

Gently add in the parmesan cheese and sour cream and bring to the boil

If the mixture is too thick add a little pasta water to the pan

Season with salt and pepper

Just before serving throw in the parsley

Gently toss through the drained cooked pasta and serve piping hot

Garnish with some additional parsley to serve

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Spaghetti Carbonara

Who doesn’t love a deliciously creamy Spaghetti Carbonara?  It is one of the quickest and easiest pastas to make as we always have eggs and bacon and parmesan cheese in the fridge…

My recipe has been honed over the years and this is our favourite version.  If you don’t have spinach it is also wonderful with peas – just throw in a large handful of frozen peas in with bacon mixture and stir through – they defrost in no time.

Pancetta is also the choice of most people which I always use if I happen to have some but I find bacon does just as well as a substitute.  I never add cream to my Carbonara as I find the eggs are rich and creamy enough and the cream can make it a bit stodgy.

The only tip I will advise you to follow is always use dried pasta for Carbonara.  It can be Linguine or Fettucine but avoid using fresh pasta.  For some reason the fresh pasta doesn’t stay firm when mixed with the eggs and it tends to go a bit gluggy…

Again – it’s your choice – there are no absolute rules – whatever tantalises your taste buds!  I have also cooked this for vegetarians (ones who eat eggs) and omitted the bacon – it’s just as yummy…

Spaghetti Carbonara

 

Ingredients:

Spaghetti

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

200 g of good quality streaky bacon sliced in batons

150g box of prepackaged baby spinach

I clove of garlic grated

1 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese

4 fresh free range eggs

Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Method:

Cook spaghetti in plenty of salted boiling water until al dente

In the meantime heat a generous lug of olive oil and gently fry the garlic and bacon until bacon is slightly crisp

Throw in the spinach and stir until wilted

In a large jug, gently whisk the eggs and fold in the parmesan cheese

When spaghetti is ready drain well and tip back into the pot over a very low heat

Add the bacon and spinach mixture coating all the strands of spaghetti well

Add the egg and cheese mixture and toss well – the heat of the spaghetti will cook the egg

Be careful not to have heat up too high as the eggs will scramble if too hot.

The egg should be creamy like a sauce.

Season well with salt & pepper

Serve in a warmed bowl with additional ground black pepper to garnish

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Garlic Prawn Pasta with Chilli & Basil

There is nothing as delicious as Garlic Prawns.  Add these to pasta and you have heaven in a bowl.

This recipe is so quick and easy especially if, like me, you keep a large bag of green prawn cutlets in the freezer.  I leave them out for an hour or two to defrost or run under cold water – they are so so handy to use and help to create many different dishes…

Ingredients Garlic Prawn and Basil pasta

This dish can be whipped up in the time it takes to boil up the pasta.  I have everything chopped and ready to toss in when the pasta is draining.  For extra heat you can leave in the seeds of the chilli if desired…

The freshness of the basil and the sweetness of the baby tomatoes make this a beautifully fragrant pasta and I will make it again and again…  The quantities below make enough for two bowls…

Garlic Prawn Chilli and Basil Pasta

Ingredients:

Spaghetti or linguine

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

12 green prawn cutlets

1 long red chilli deseeded and chopped

2 large garlic cloves grated

6 baby Roma tomatoes finely chopped

4 spring onions finely sliced

½ cup shredded Basil

Salt & black pepper to taste

Method:

Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente

In the meantime heat a generous lug of good olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.

Add the prawns and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes or until prawns change colour.

Add the chilli and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic.

Add the pasta, tomato, green shallot and basil to the prawns and gently toss until well combined and heated through.

Drizzle with the remaining oil and gently toss until well combined.

Season with salt and black pepper to taste

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

Perfect Pesto Pasta

I love the fresh taste of Basil – it’s one of my favourite herbs.  Whenever I find a lovely fresh bunch I make pesto – it’s so easy and only takes minutes in the Ninja or food processor.

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I assemble everything I need and put it all in the Ninja – it whizzes it up in a few minutes…  The result is a beautiful, vibrant, fresh pesto.  You can also play around with the flavours and add chilli or vinegar or lemon juice – it’s up to you…

IMG_3824This can now be used as a dip with vegetable crudites and it’s delicious smeared over grilled meats or seafood.

The best use for pesto of course, is with pasta.  We love this quick and easy pasta dish – so tasty and simple…  We use spaghetti but it is also lovely with penne or a filled pasta like vegetarian ravioli or tortellini…

IMG_3825Ingredients:

1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked

1 clove of garlic

1 handful of lightly toasted pine nuts

1 handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese

olive oil

sea salt

Method:

Place basil, pine nuts, a pinch of sea salt and garlic in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds

Add parmesan cheese and drizzle in olive oil to soften the mix

Pulse until smooth adding more oil if required to reach a creamy consistency

Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary

In the meantime cook your favourite pasta until al dente

Drain lightly leaving a little pasta water in the pan

Throw in the fresh pesto and toss until mixed though and piping hot – the pasta water will help emulsify the sauce

Serve topped with a little additional grated parmesan cheese

This will make about 4 serves

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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