pasta

pasta with asparagus and spinach pesto

ingredients   1/2 kg asparagus spears, trimmed 3 handfuls baby spinach leaves (approximately 160 grams) 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for topping 1 cup pine nuts 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for topping Juice of ½ lemon 1/2 Tsp salt 500 g of dried spaghetti   […]


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tray-baked penne with meatballs

Make this Tray-baked penne with meatballs on a Saturday and it will keep the family going all weekend – super meatballs, pasta, cheese and tomato sauce – how good can it get?   Ingredients Serves 6   1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil 2 red onions, diced 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 200 g bacon rashers, […]


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Kid Friendly Pasta with Easy Meat Sauce

Children like simple fare – this recipe is quick to make and refrigerates well.  Great to have on hand to feed an instant appetite. For picky eaters, try serving this meat sauce over fun shaped pasta like bow ties.   Serves 4 adults or 6 children.   Ingredients 250g dry pasta (cook per directions on […]


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mushroom, basil and parmesan topping (for pasta or bruschetta)

This topping tastes great tossed with pasta, or use it as a bruschetta topping. Both are delicious.   1 cup chopped  tomatoes 4 Tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tsp capers 1 tsp sugar ½ tsp chili flakes 20 thinly sliced basil leaves 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp butter 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms (we […]


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mussel and bacon pasta

This is a hearty delicious pasta dish – we take out some of the work by using store bought mussels in brine. ingredients 250 g fettucine pasta 200g shoulder bacon, chopped 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic 1 tsp minced fresh ginger 250 g crème fraiche 500 g mussels, chopped Salt and pepper to taste […]


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pasticcio

Make this pasta dish ahead and serve warm or hot. ingredients Pasta: 250g macaroni drizzle of oil chopped parsley 2 unbeaten egg whites 1/2 cup grated cheese   Meat sauce: 1/2 cup chopped onions 3 tbsp oil 500g beef ½ cup tomato puree* 150ml  glass of red wine ½ cup soft breadcrumbs salt and pepper […]


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pasta alla norcia

This is a  favorite with students.  Its easy to prepare in the most simple student digs and very popular with male students. It was first created in Umbria. ingredients serves six   6 Italian pork sausages 600ml single cream(  22g fat ) 500g pasta ( use penne)   Heat the water and cook the pasta […]


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chicken pesto spaghetti

Simply delicious. A favourite with family and will take you 20 minutes from start to finish.   Ingredients 400g package fresh spaghetti 2 tbsp butter or margarine 1 large clove of garlic, very finely chopped 4 carrots thinly sliced 700g skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into 2.5cm cubes 1/3 cup store bought pesto ¼ cup […]


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tuna casserole

For the busy family on the go this is a quick and easy meal that you can tailor to the contents of your pantry and fridge. If it makes it to left-overs, it keeps well in the fridge. 350g ribbon cut egg noodles 2 cups chopped vegetables (we used asparagus and frozen peas) 2 Tbsp […]


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one-pot spaghetti

So quick… so easy. Serve with warm buttered crusty bread.   1 tbsp olive oil 450g lean ground beef 1 small onion, diced 225g mushrooms, sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp Italian seasoning 800g canned diced tomatoes 425g pureed tomatoes 1½ cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 225g dried spaghetti Parmesan cheese […]


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chargrilled vege and smoke chicken pasta

This recipe is totally flexible – in the cooler months you can remove some of these summery vege and even include oven roasted carrot slices and parsnip – even add steamed broccoli – just be creative and the sauce will hold it all together.   1/2 capsicum, deseeded and thinly sliced 2-3 courgettes, thinly sliced […]


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pangritata – poor man’s parmesan

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 small red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 1clove garlic, finely chopped 1/2 cup coarse bread crumbs 1 tbsp chopped parsley – optional 1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized frying pan over moderate heat. Add the chilli, garlic and fry gently for 20 seconds 2. Add the breadcrumbs, […]


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dad’s easy chicken tortellini

Serves 4 Takes 20 mins   625g fresh chicken tortellini 3-4 rashers bacon 3 cups baby spinach 200 g lite crème fraiche 4 Tbsp favourite relish 2 tsp lemon juice Salt and pepper ¼ cup chopped parsley ½ cup grated parmesan 4 Tbsp toasted pine nuts   1. Cook the pasta according to the packet […]


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orzo salad

serves 4-6   2 cups orzo (rice shaped pasta) 1-2 cups diced tomatoes 3/4 cup diced cucumber 1/2 cup finely chopped spring onions 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/4 cup chopped mint 2 tsp lemon peel 1 capsicum diced and seeded 3-6 cups cooked seafood (mussels, cooked salmon, prawns etc.) a small handful of snow peas […]


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minestrone salad
minestrone salad

A wonderful health rule is to ensure at least half your plate is filled with salad or vegetables, this recipe covers both health requirements and can be served together with your chosen fish or meat. Or simply served as a meal in itself. ingredients Salad 1 cup cooked peas 1 cup cooked broad beans 1 […]


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spaghetti with asparagus pesto and smoked chicken
spaghetti with asparagus pesto and smoked chicken

ingredients   2 bunches asparagus, woody ends trimmed 125g ( ½ cup) low-fat ricotta 45g unsalted raw cashews, lightly toasted 50g baby spinach leaves 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind ½ cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves Salt and pepper to season 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice 300g dried spaghetti pasta […]


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easy light tuna fettuccine
easy light tuna fettuccine

Simple, fresh and not expensive – that’s good news! Serves 4 Takes 25mins     ingredients   3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp chilli flakes 370g can tuna in oil 400g fettuccine 2 lemons, juice and zest 1 cup fresh rocket leaves 1 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped Salt […]


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easy moussaka
easy moussaka

This is a wonderful dish – yes it does have stages to it but seriously you will so enjoy the result – make it early in the day and place in fridge for your dinner the next day – even better the next day! Serves 6-8 takes 2 hours     ingredients   50 g […]


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