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Pasta Grande

Pasta Grande is my own invention and believe me it is one of the bests. I love the sweet chilli sauce taste in chicken pasta and the champignons and the bell pepper adds a very fine taste to it plus it is covered with cheese. You and your family or whoever you will feed this will love it.

Ideal for lunch, snack, hi tea parties, birthday parties, kids parties, camping trips, picnics, etc.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 500 gms chicken mince
  • 100 ml tomato paste
  • 200 ml pasta sauce (1 kg tomatoes, cut into chunks, sprayed with olive oil, salt, thyme, oregano and rosemary, broiled for 35 mins of 200 degrees Celsius or until crusty, mashed and passed through sieve)
  • 4 tbspns sweet chilli sauce
  • 2 small cans/ 2 cups of champignons (button mushrooms) ( I used champignons because they taste better in this recipe?
  • 1 bell pepper/ capsicum (chopped into small dices)
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 packet of spaghetti (I use 1 packet of San Remo)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbspns of minced garlic

FOR WHITE SAUCE

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbspns flour
  • 100 gms butter
  • 2 tbspns sharp parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salt and pepper (be careful with salt as we have added salt in the pasta as well plus the cheeses are a bit salty too)

FOR TOPPING

  • Mix of shredded Mozzarella (1cup), Cheddar( ½ cup) and (4 tbspns) Parmesan.
  • Some Italian herb mix
  • A bell pepper sliced
  • 4 tbspns oil

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and fry chicken mince. Break it into pieces when sautéing. Add garlic when the chicken changes its color and cook until the water from the chicken dries.
  2. Now add all the sauces (pasta sauce and sweet chilli sauce) and tomato paste and mix. Add champignons and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat with the lid on.
  3. Add salt, pepper and chilli flakes. Stir and remove from heat.
  4. Boil some water in a big pot and add a generous pinch of salt. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente’.
  5. Drain the water and keep the boiled spaghetti in the colander under running cold water and separate them with your hands. When the spaghetti is all separated and the starch is drained turn off the water and keep the spaghetti aside in the colander for 2 minutes. Now add the spaghetti in the tomato and chicken mixture.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius on broil mode.
  7. For white sauce, melt some butter in a sauce pan, add some Italian herb mix and flour. Saute until the flour starts turning light brown. Add milk with constant whisking and cook until the sauce thickens. Add parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and turn off the flame.
  8. Put the pasta in the baking dish, pour over the white sauce and then cover with a layer of mix cheeses, capsicum slices and herb mix and broil for good 20 minutes until the cheese looks bubbly and golden from the top.
  9. Take out the dish from the oven very carefully and let it rest for good 10 minutes. It will allow it to settle down a bit which will make it easier for you to cut the portions. Serve hot.

 

 

 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is one of favorite pastas. I don’t make it with wine but use extra beef broth instead. The art of this sauce is that it is simmered over low heat for atleast 4 hours until all the flavours and all the seasonings melt in. Super LOVE ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 500 gms spaghetti (al dente)
  • 500 gms beef mice
  • 2 tbspns minced garlic
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 250 gms button mushrooms (chopped) (optional)
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 1 celery stick (chopped)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 500 ml passata
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbspn brown sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbspns chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbspns chopped parsley
  • 1 tbspn chopped thyme
  • 1 tspn oregano

Method

  • Heat oil and add onion, fry until translucent and add garlic. Stir fry for a minute and add beef mince. Break the beef mince with the spoon and stir fry until it starts changing the color. Add all the veggies, herbs and spices and mix.
  • After 5 minutes, add beef broth and passata and cook covered on low heat for 4 hours until all the flavors melt and mix in it and the sauce reduce.
  • After 4 hours of simmering, serve hot with boiled spaghetti. Either mix the sauce in the pasta or over the pasta and serve with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Serve hot.

Meatball Pasta

An Italian delicacy, my favorite ………..

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Ingredients:

FOR MEATBALLS

  • 500gms beef mince
  • 2 tbspns breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 brown onion

FOR SAUCE

  • 1 kilo blanched diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Your favourite seasonings
  • Some oregano
  • ½ tspn rosemary
  • 1 onion
  • 1 capsicum chopped
  • 300 gms sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic

FOR PASTA

  • Boiling water
  • 200 gms no. 5 spaghetti

FOR GARNISHING

  • Some grated parmesan cheese
  • Some fresh basil leaves

Procedure:

-In a chopper, put everything given for meatballs and process. Make small balls out of this mixture.

-Heat oil and fry meatballs.

-Boil and strain pasta according to the instructions given on the backside of the packet.

-Heat oil and fry garlic and onion until it is translucent.

-Add tomatoes and cook it covered on low heat until the tomatoes are loose.

-Add herbs spices capsicum and your favourite seasonings and mix. (I added salt, red chilli flakes, black pepper, white pepper and lemon) Add fried meatballs and cook covered for another 2 minutes.

-Now with a slotted spoon take out the meatballs in a separate bowl. Mix boiled pasta with marinara sauce.

-Divide the pasta into 4 – 6 portions. Place each portion in a bowl or shallow plate. Put some meatballs on top and garnish with some grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves.

-Serve hot.

Chicken Meatball Spaghetti

One of my favourite dishes ……

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Ingredients:

FOR MEATBALLS

  • ½ kg chicken mincemeat
  • 1 tspn fresh parsley
  • 1 tspn chopped garlic
  • 2 tbspns bread crumbs
  • ½ tspn salt/ chicken salt/ chicken stock powder

FOR SAUCE

  • 1 jar Napolitano sauce OR Homemade Napolitano sauce

For Home made Sauce:

  • 1 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large sprigs fresh thyme
  • 800g to 1 kg tinned tomatoes
  • 2 fresh tomatoes chopped
  • ½ capsicum chopped
  • 1 can champignons (sliced)
  • Some salt and pepper
  • ¼ tspn parsley
  • ¼ tspn oregano
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • Some cayenne pepper

FOR PASTA

  • 1 pack No. 5 spaghetti
  • Water for boiling
  • Some freshly grated sharp parmesan cheese (for garnishing)
  • Some fresh/ dried parsley chopped (for garnishing)

Procedure:

-To make the Napoli sauce: Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, then add thyme and tomatoes and bring to the simmer.

-Simmer very gently uncovered over medium-low heat stirring occasionally for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down and the sauce has thickened. Add a little water during the cooking process if the sauce thickens too much.

-Remove and discard the thyme stems and season to taste with salt and pepper and add other herbs, spices and vegetables.

-While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Now it’s time to make the meatballs. Combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, parsley, Dijon mustard and other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper.

-Using your hands, gently mix until just blended. Be careful not to over mix the meat as it will toughen it up.

-Form the mixture into 12 – 18  meatballs, dipping your hands in a bowl of cold water to stop the chicken from sticking.

-Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium heat.

-Cook the meatballs until golden brown all over, about 2 minutes.

-Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer gently until the meatballs are cooked through, about 5 minutes.

-Meanwhile, add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to the packet directions until al denté, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

-With a slotted spoon take out the meatballs from the sauce.

-Drain the spaghetti and toss the pasta with some of the Napoli sauce, season to taste with salt and pepper, and divide the pasta between four serving bowls. Divide the meatballs and remaining tomato sauce evenly between the four bowls of pasta.

-Serving suggestion: Sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese on top and serve.