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Sausage Pasta Bake

Sausage Fest

So I’ve been living a bit outside my comfort zone where it comes to food in recent weeks. Last week I decided to do a pasta bake for the first time. Following on from the success of that one, I opted to do another last night.

The sausage pasta bake.

For the ingredients: 5 decent sausages ( mine were with onion to begin with ), 1 onion, 1 large carrot, 1 tin of tomatoes, 1 stock cube, 200grammes of spinnach, pasta and 1 glass of wine (and 1 for yourself). Cheese (emmental) grated . For the white sauce 30g of butter, 300ml of milk and 50g of flour. All ingredients are approximate.

Chop your onion rather fine and get it browning nicely on the pan. Take the sausage meat out of the skin of the sausages. You could just buy sausage meat as well from your local butcher if you want I guess. There’s generally a pack of sausages in the fridge here though so you make do.

Chop up the sausage meat into small thumb size or smaller pieces and get it browning on the pan as well.

Around about now throw some spinach into a boil to cook. I will nearly always use frozen as it’s one of the things we’ll always have in our freezer.

Get your penne pasta on ( The tube ones )

Go back to your onion / sausage mix and grate a carrot into it. Add the stock cube and mix in some water and throw in your tomatoes. Add in a glass of wine if you have one handy. Let it bubble away for a bit and season. I mixed in some parsley and a herb de province mix.

Now you’ll want to start on your white sauce. Quantities are really going to vary and I tend to wing it by ear these days. 300ml of milk give or take … a lump of butter …and get that almost bubbling away … throw in some flour, whisk to remove and lumps and start to thicken it up slightly.

Once your spinach and your pasta are cooked … drain and mix together. Place half the mixture into an oven dish. Layer in your tomato sauce and flatten it out. Sprinkle in some grated cheese of your choice. My choice is¬†emmental.¬† I proceeded to mix the remaining pasta / spinach mix and the white sauce and layer this in on top. Did I mention you’ll probably want a deep enough oven dish.

Finally sprinkle some more cheese on top. It’s around this stage that I thought to myself, hang on this is almost a lasagne. Place in the oven for 20 or so minutes at 200C until it looks golden brown on top. Take it out and leave for 5 minutes to cook down a bit before eating. Serve.

Hopefully you’ll have the same reaction as there was in our house, with little people saying “C’est tres bon papa!” and second and third helpings being asked for.

Lack of photos due to the camera batteries dying!

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Veggie Stir fry with Egg

This is a recipe that I used make for myself when I was in my teens and I really love it. It may not look like much at the end but god it’s nice and very filling.

You’re going to need Vegetables. In general I’ll use a veg mix as it’s just a lot handier and there’s generally one in the freezer.
Mangetout / Peppers / Onion / Mushroom really anything you think will work well (I didn’t mention Bean Sprouts with the recent outbreaks).

The mix one I used below has some Brocolli in it.

You’ll need Rice (used a non starchy / sticky kind), Soya Sauce and an Egg or two depending on how much you’re making.

If you don’t have any rice throw it on first as actually making the stir fry takes about 10 minutes in total.

Start by frying your veg in a little bit of olive oil.

Frozen Vegetable mix in the pan

It’s a frozen mix so you want to make sure it’s fully heated up. Add some Soya Sauce

Vegetables cooking in the pan

Add in some rice ( I’ll generally have some left over rice from a meal the night before I always make extra)

Vegetables with left over rice added

Mix it all and heat up the rice. Depending on the rice if it’s starchy it may stick to the pan. Add in some more soya sauce.

Rice mixed into vegetables on the pan

Add in your beaten egg and mix it all fairly lively

Beaten egg mixed into rice and vegetables and fried

And serve.

Veggie Stir-Fry with rice and egg

It’s quick .. it’s filling it may not look like much but I love it. I tried with a bit of Lea & Perrins sauce here but you really want a Rich Soya Sauce for it’s extra savoury / salty flavour

Baked Cod with Onion and Tomato

This is an extremely quick one to prepare BUT it takes a while to cook

Frozen cod onion and tomatoe with basil and olive oil

You’re going to need a few ingredients

  1. 1 Large Onion ( 2 Medium)
  2. 5 or 6 large tomatoes
  3. 2 – 3 Cod Filets ( I’ve used frozen here )
  4. Rice
  5. Herbs to taste … Basil some Sea Salt and olive oil

Steps:

  1. Start pre-heating your oven to 200ish Degrees C
  2. Chop up all your onion and place it into a oven read dish
  3. Place your cod filets on top spread out if possible
  4. Sprinkle some Basil onto the Cod
  5. Slice your tomatoes and layer on top of the Cod
  6. More basil and pour some olive oil over the whole thing
  7. Cover with tinfoil (I try to wrap it so it’s semi tight around the handles of the disk) and place into the oven for 30 ish minutes
  8. About 15 minutes in throw on your rice. (depending on how long your rice takes)
  9. with 5 – 10 minutes left of cooking time for your fish remove the tin foil so we start to boil off some of the juices.

Cooked cod in olive oil tomatoe and onion

And remove from the oven and serve. Very simple … VERY tasty Cod with onion, tomato and rice. Add more fresh basil if you’d like and serve

One Cod filet with rice onion and tomatoe

Mental note use better serving dish next time :)

Creamy Pasta with onion, mushrooms and bacon

So this isn’t a carbonara as such (note the lack of egg) but to me it is sort of :D

This is a nice quick dish and the Ingredients for it are pretty basic

  • Onions (I used shallots once again .. softer flavour)
  • Pancetta (Bacon / cured ham of some sort you could chop up a couple of rashers if you wanted)
  • Mushrooms (I’d have generally used button mushroom but I used some Shiitake Mushrooms here as there’s a nicer flavour from them
  • Cream
  • Pasta (ideally you’d use tagliatelle in this case I used fusilli)

Ingredients

Steps:

  1. Chop the onion and throw it on the pan with a bit of olive oil (I chopped the onion in half and sliced it rather than chopping up really small)
  2. Throw the Pancetta onto the pan as well and cook a bit (I usually end up removing excess fatty bits cus I’m like that)
  3. Chop the mushrooms up again I kept it fairly big and throw on the pan cook for a few minutes
  4. Stick on your pasta (depending on cooking times)
  5. Throw the cream in and wait for it to thicken up a bit
  6. Drain your pasta and mix the sauce into it in the sauce pan
  7. If you’ve got parmesan cheese now would be a good time to use it

Mushrooms, Pancetta and Shallots Cooking

Cream added to the Mushrooms, Pancetta and Shallots

And enjoy .. :)

The final Carbonara of sorts

This turned out rather nicely 9/10 from me .. the Fusilli may not have been the best choice in the world but it was still a really nice dish about 15 – 20 minutes from start to finish.

Ciabatta with tomato, onion, ham and cheese

So this is yet again another pretty quick and easy one to make. Its also probably not the best for you in terms of the amount of butter I put into it.

So it is Ciabatta with tomato,onion, ham and cheese .. you could grill or oven cook this depending on what you want to do

Ingredients

Ingredients you’ll need

  • I like to use vine cherry tomatoes they’ve got better flavour
  • I like ciabatta though I’ve used a baguette for this in the past as well
  • Red onion is a subtler flavour and less likely to repeat … this time I used some shallots
  • Butter .. this requires a good chunk depends on the amount of bread / ciabatta you’ve got. (as well as how crunchy you want it all – 50 to 100g)
  • A few slices of ham

You’ll want the usual herbs / spices as well (Basil if you’ve got some or maybe parsley .. and black pepper)

Shredded Ham

  1. Start pre heating your oven to 200C
  2. Chop up your onion pretty finely and fry up in the pan with some olive oil … (I like to add some water to cook the onion it helps kill some of the sharpness as well)
  3. Throw in the chopped up tomatoes
  4. Cook for a minute or two and add in the butter you should have a semi runny mix you want this to be runny
  5. Slice your ciabatta down the center and spread the mix evenly on it.
  6. Place in the over for a few minutes
  7. In the mean time shred up your ham (I just ripped it apart with my fingers)
  8. If your Ciabatta looks like its starting to brown take it out .. throw the ham on top and sprinkle some cheese on as well (I didn’t go crazy with the cheese) throw on some freshly ground pepper and some basil if you’ve got some (I didn’t have any handy)
  9. Back in the oven for another minute or two

And serve

Ciabatta End Result

Going to give this one a 7/10 its quick (less than 20 minutes) and tasty