Fusilli Al Vegetali

A quick and easy supper for 2.

150g Pasta Shapes
30ml Rapeseed Oil
1 small Onion, finely chopped
1 clove Garlic, finely chopped
1 Bay leaf
1 medium Carrot, cut into Julienne (thin strips)
1 medium Courgette, cut into Julienne (thin strips)
100g Mushrooms, sliced
400g Tomatoes (tinned or fresh, chopped)
Salt & pepper to taste
25g Fresh Parmesan, grated

1. Put a large pan of water on to boil for your pasta.
2. Heat your oil and gently fry the onion, garlic and bay leaf together until the onion is transparent.
3. Add your carrot, mushrooms and courgettes and cook for a further 2 minutes on a high heat.
4. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.
5. Add your pasta to the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes.
6. To the juices in your pan, add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes.
7. Return the vegetables to the pan to warm through.
8. Drain the pasta.
9. Add the pasta to your vegetables and mix well.
10. Serve sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan.

Veggie Pasta Pie

Continuing the pasta and vegetarian theme of recipes.  This is a mixture of pasta, vegetables and a creamy, cheese flavoured béchamel sauce.  Simply delicious!

30ml Rapeseed oil
1 large onion, sliced
1 each, red, green and yellow pepper, sliced
2 medium courgettes, sliced
225g Mushrooms, sliced
400g can Chopped tomatoes
15ml Tomato Puree
Salt & Pepper to taste
275g Pasta shapes
25g Plain flour
25g Butter
300ml Milk
115g Cheddar cheese, grated
50g Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
Parsley to garnish
1. Preheat your oven to 190°C.
2. Heat your oil and fry the onion for about 5 minutes until soft.
3. Add the peppers, courgettes and mushrooms, then fry for about 8-10 minutes.
4. Add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree, bring to the boil and simmer (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened.
5. Season to taste.
6. Meanwhile cook your pasta in boiling water for 8-10 minutes until al dente (just firm).
7. Drain your pasta and rinse well under cold water to cool.
8. Place your flour, butter and milk into a saucepan and heat gently, whisking constantly until you have a smooth, thick sauce.
9. Add your pasta and half of your grated Cheddar cheese to the sauce and stir until the cheese has melted.
10. Spoon the vegetable mixture into a shallow, ovenproof, dish and top with the pasta and cheese sauce.
11. Sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar cheese and the Parmesan.
12. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden.
13. Serve garnished with chopped parsley.

Mozzarella Pasta

This one is a favourite in our house.  It’s both simple and tasty and relatively cheap to make.

175g Pasta shapes
400g Chopped tomatoes
10ml Rapeseed oil
150g Mozzarella cheese, diced
125g Parmesan, freshly grated
10ml Chopped, fresh basil
Salt & pepper to season

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Put the pasta in to boiling water to cook for approx 10 minutes until tender.
3. Meanwhile, gently heat your tomatoes and oil in a pan.
4. Add the mozzarella, half of the grated parmesan, the basil and seasoning.
5. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat.
6. Drain your pasta and place into an ovenproof dish.
7. Pour over the sauce and mix well.
8. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan.
9. Place in the oven and cook for approximately 10 minutes until the cheese is golden.

* If using dried parmesan or dried basil, then remember to half the quantities above as they are more intense in flavour.

Chilli for dinner

Autumn is definitely on the way and what better meal to have than a warming bowl of fresh chilli. Not from a jar plucked from a supermarket shelf, but from your own fair hands and a few simple, store cupboard ingredients.

10ml Oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
500g Lean minced beef
1 Beef stock cube
5ml (1tsp) Chilli flakes (or more, if you’re feeling brave & like it hot!)
400g Can chopped tomatoes
15ml (1tbs) Tomato purée
10ml (2tsp) Oregano
1 can Red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1. Heat your oil gently in a saucepan.
2. Add the onion & garlic and cook until softened.
3. Add your minced beef & cook until browned.
4. Add the stock cube, chilli flakes, chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, oregano and kidney beans.
5. Bring to the boil & cook on a gentle simmer for at least 30 mins (uncovered) or for an hour (with the lid on).
Serve with boiled rice, grated cheese, soured cream & tortilla crisps.
* if it’s not hot enough, you can add extra chilli flakes, a chopped fresh chilli, or some Tabasco sauce.
Basmati rice the Rosie way…
1. Tip the quantity of rice you want into a large jug.
2. Pour over boiling water to cover plus about 1-2cm above.
3. Stir to break up any clumps.
4. Leave it alone while you.
5. Bring a large pan of cold water to the boil.
6. Stir then drain your rice.
7. Add the rice to your boiling water, stir & return to the boil.
8. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.
9. Cook uncovered for about 7 mins until the grains have started to fluff & it’s cooked (taste a few grains to check).
10. Drain & serve.
**You’re wasting your money if you add oil to the water. Oil is lighter than water and simply floats on the surface whilst your rice sits below the surface. It doesn’t stop your rice grains from sticking together (you pour it down the sink when you drain your rice)