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Chicken and Broccolini Pasta Bake August 19, 2015

Filed under: Chicken,Pasta — delishuss @ 10:47 am
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I have been hankering after pasta a lot lately. I have been doing a lot of training at the gym, so I’m blaming that 🙂 This is a very straight forward recipe and one of my own creations. I did freeze this as it makes about 6 portions. I wasn’t very happy with it defrosted so my recommendation is to eat it up straight away. It’s so good, you’ll be going back for seconds anyway.

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 bunch of broccolini, roughly chopped

2 chicken breasts, diced

1 can (400ml) of light evaporated milk

50ml chicken stock

100g breadcrumbs

2 sprigs thyme

200g cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

olive oil spray

Salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. Heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan assisted), 200 degrees celsius, 400 degrees fahrenheit or gas mark 6.
  2. Heat a frying pan and add the olive oil. Saute the onion for about 5 minutes until it’s starting to become translucent. Add the garlic, remove the thyme from the sprigs and sprinkle into the pan. Cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Add the diced chicken to the pan and fry until browned. While it’s browning add the broccolini. I think to add the stalky bits first, fry for a minute or so and then add the florets.
  4. Re-add the onion, garlic and thyme and stir.
  5. Stir in the stock and simmer it down for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the evaporated milk, bring to the boil and reduce the heat to a simmer for until the milk has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Spray an oven proof dish such as a casserole dish with the oil spray.
  8. Transfer to chicken mixture to the casserole dish. Sprinkle over the breadcrumbs and cheese.
  9. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  10. Serve with some sugarsnap peas or green beans.
 

Pork, Veal & Ricotta Meatballs with Cavolo Nero August 2, 2015

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This is another Weight Watchers recipe. If I were to make it again, I would make a few tweaks. It would probably increase the propoints value of the recipe but I would switch out the ricotta for feta cheese. I found the meatballs to be a little lacking in flavour. I used breadcrumbs instead of rolled oats just because I had some leftover bread. I couldn’t find Cavolo Nero in the supermarket so I use kale instead, probably a bad idea as it didn’t really wilt down very well and was a bit hard. Next time I would just add some spinach instead close to the end of the cook until wilted. I did taste pretty good in the end but it would be even better with the suggested tweaks.

12 propoints value

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

1/4 cup (20g) trraditional rolled oats

400g pork, veal mince

4 green shallots, thinly sliced

1 small zucchini, finely grated

1/3 cup (80g) reduced fat fresh ricotta cheese, crumbled

1 tsp olive oil

1 red onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbs baby salted capers, rinsed, finely chopped

2 cups (500ml) tomato pasta sauce (I used passata instead)

100g trimmed cavolo nero (Tuscan cabbage), coarsely chopped

250g spelt spaghetti

Salt and pepper to season

Method

1. Blitz the oats in a food processor until finely chopped. Combine oats, mince, shallots, zucchini and ricotta in a bowl. Season well with salt and pepper.

2. Roll the mince mixture into balls. To prevent the balls sticking to your hand, you can spray them with some olive oil spray.

3. I cooked these in two batches to prevent them becoming soggy. Heat a frying pan and add some olive oil. Fry half of the mince balls until brown, turning frequently to coat all sides. Transfer to a plate. Do the same with the remainder of the balls. Re-add all the meatballs to the pan and reduce the heat. Add a lid and let the meatballs cook for 10 minutes. This is to ensure that the meatballs are cooked through on the inside. Remove from the heat.

4. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.

5. While the pasta is cooking add the onion to the same pan as the meatballs and saute for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minutes. Add the capers and the pasta sauce and bring to the boil. Add the meatballs and the cavolo nero and cook for another 3 minutes until the cabbage is wilted.

6. Serve the meatballs with the pasta and enjoy.

 

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni June 13, 2015

Filed under: Italian,Pasta,Vegetarian — delishuss @ 7:27 am
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I went to this brilliant cheese making demo (Mad Millie). I was in food heaven. We made ricotta, mozzarella, feta and yoghurt. I gave the ricotta a shot myself last weekend. I reckon it was a success but I realised pretty quickly that even I wouldn’t consume that much cheese on my own so I thought I would use it in this recipe. One of my lunch club girls made it before, mine is probably a much less healthy version. The filling of the Cannelloni tubes is a bit tricky, well more messy than tricky. Might be a good one to get the kids involved in, if you have some. I used 2 teaspoons to fill them; 1 to fill them with the ricotta mixture and the other one’s handle to push the mixture in. You could use a piping bag if you had one, it would be much handier.

The photo doesn’t do this justice, it’s oozing with deliciousness.

Serves 4-5 people

Ingredients

10 cannelloni tubes (instant kind)

1 tin of tomatoes with garlic and herbs

100ml passata

1 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon of allspice (I didn’t have nutmeg so used this instead)

Oil spray

250g ricotta cheese

50g Mozzarella cheese, shredded

50g parmesan, shredded

250g baby spinach

1/2 egg, beaten

2 tablespoons fresh basil

Salt and pepper

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

2. Heat a frying pan and spray some oil on it. Fry the allspice and the garlic for 2 minutes. Add the spinach; it does seem like a lot of spinach but it wilts away to nothing. On that note, let it wilt down and then remove from the heat and cool.

3. In a big bowl, beat the egg and the ricotta until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the spinach to the ricotta mixture.

5. Re-heat the same pan that you used for the spinach. Spray some more oil on the pan and saute the onions until soft and golden.

6. Add the tin of tomatoes and passata and simmer until the sauce has thickened.

7. While the sauce is reducing start preparing the cannelloni tubes. Add the ricotta filling into the tube with one teaspoon and push the mixture down with the handle of another teaspoon. Fill the remainder of the tubes in the same way.

8. Once the sauce has reduce, tear the basil and add to the sauce. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.

9. Add the cannelloni tubes to an oven proof dish. Pour over the sauce and sprinkle the cheeses over the sauce.

10. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until the cheese has melted and is golden brown.

11. Serve with a green salad.

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Beef Ragu August 17, 2014

Filed under: Favourites,Italian,Meat,Pasta,Soups and Stews — delishuss @ 7:41 am
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I’ve been on a mini-holiday, just at home but it’s been a nice relaxing couple of days. I have been going a bit mad with the slow cooker. I made this Ragu and also pulled pork: https://delishuss.com/2014/08/16/pulled-pork-roll/. I’m really enjoying using the slow cooker at the moment. I’ve had the best results with fattier cuts of meat. I’ve tried a curry recipe with lean lamb steaks and it shriveled up to nothing. I didn’t have a recipe for this one, I just winged it. I have another recipe on the blog for ragu, I reckon this is the better of the two.

6 serves

Ingredients

1.2 kilos stewing beef, chopped into chunks

1 onion, chopped

2 medium size carrots, roughly diced

5 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 oxo cubes

250 ml beef stock

250 ml red wine

Boquet garni

1 tin chopped tomatoes

4 slices of parma ham, chopped

1 sachet of tomato paste (25g or so)

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt and pepper to season

 

Method

1. Heat a large frying pan and heat 2 tablespoon of the oil. Saute the onions and the carrots. Remove from the frying pan.

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2. Heat the remainder of the oil and add half of the beef. Brown and remove from the pan and repeat with the remainder of the beef. While the 2 batches is browning, add the garlic and pancetta and fry off for about 3 minutes. Add the meat and the veg to the slow cooker.

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3. Add the wine and the stock to the frying pan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and add the tomato paste. Simmer for 5 mins and add the sauce to the slow cooker.

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4. Sprinkle the two oxo cubes over the meat. Unwrap the bouquet garni. Remove some of the stalks of thyme and rosemary and take off their leaves and sprinkle over the meat. Tie the bouquet garni back up and add it to the slow cooker.

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5. Pour over the tin of tomatoes and stir through. Season with salt and pepper.

6. I cooked it in the slow cooker for about 6 hours on high. You could do it on low for 8 hours if you have the time.  Once it has finished cooking. Remove the bouquet garni and any large leaves of rosemary or thyme stalks.

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7. Serve with rigatoni pasta or any pasta of your choice. I threw the pasta into the ragu before serving to soak up some of the juices.

 

Note: Half way through the cooking, you can place a piece of kitchen paper on top of the liquid and soak up some of the fat on top. Some chefs recommend using slices of bread.

 

Tagliatelle with Quick Sausage Meat Bolognese May 27, 2014

Filed under: Fast Food,Italian,Meat,Pasta,Uncategorized — delishuss @ 9:10 am
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IMG_20140526_221429[1]I was looking for a pasta recipe and came across this one from Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course. It’s a perfect weekday evening recipe because it’s so quick and easy. The success of this recipe is dependent on the choice of sausage. Buy good quality packed with flavour.

Ingredients

Olive oil, for frying

1 small onion, peeled and finely diced

1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped

3-4 best quality Italian flavoured sausages (I used beef with sundried tomatoes and herbs)

150g dried tagliatelle

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

Method

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  • Heat a large frying pan and add a little olive oil. Sweat off the onions for 3 minutes and add the garlic for another 2 minutes or until the onion is softened.

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  • Remove the skins from the sausages and add to the frying pan. Break up the sausage meat as you fry it so that it resembles mince meat.
  • Meanwhile start cooking the pasta as per the packet instructions.

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  • When the sausage meat is lightly coloured, add the halved tomatoes and a little seasoning to the pan and continue to cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until the tomatoes begin to break down. Add a tablespoon or two of pasta water to the pan as it cooks to create a sauce.

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  • Drain the pasta, reserving a further couple of tablespoons of the cooking water. Add the drained pasta directly to the pan with the sauce. Toss well, and loosen with a little more of the cooking water if necessary. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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 http://www.pinterest.com/grainiac/recipes/

 

Pumpkin Pasta with Blue Cheese Sauce September 24, 2013

Filed under: Pasta,Vegetarian — delishuss @ 11:55 am
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We were discussing cheeses at work and everyone had their cheese of choice. My preference is goats cheese normally. Someone mentioned that they loved the classic blue cheese and walnut salad and I asked anyone if they tried pasta and blue cheese as it was something I had been thinking about.  One of my colleagues sent me on a recipe for pumpkin pasta with blue cheese sauce and I realised I had all the ingredients so I gave it a shot. The original recipe came from Taste.com.au but I have modified a fair bit so it’s not in its original state but I would say better really 🙂 I roasted the pumpkin the night before for a salad I was making so the leftovers just needed a reheat. You can do that or make it on the night if you don’t mind waiting. This recipe comes with a health warning, it’s on the calorific side but boy does it taste good.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1kg pumpkin, diced

1 onion, cut into large chunks

Olive oil spray

3 garlic cloves

1 tbsp harissa paste

20g feta

20g roasted pine nuts

150g blue cheese

250g pasta shapes of your choice

100ml light thickened cream

20g chopped walnuts

Salt & Pepper to season

Handful of rocket leaves to serve

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/360 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the pumpkin, onion, garlic cloves in their skins to an oven-proof dish. Stir in the harissa paste and spray with the olive oil.
  2. Cook in the oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the pumpkin has softened.
  3. 15 minutes before the pumpkin has finished cooking, start preparing the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  4. Add the blue cheese and the cream to a saucepan and bring to a simmer until the sauce has started to thicken. Sprinkle in the feta.
  5. Once the vegetables are ready, squeeze the garlic out of their skins, discard the skins and mix the cloves through the other vegetables. Try and break the garlic up so that you don’t get large clumps of garlic.
  6. Add the vegetables, pasta, pine nuts to the sauce and stir through. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve sprinkled with the walnuts and some rocket leaves.

 

Beef Meatballs with Orecchiette, Kale and Pine Nuts August 18, 2013

Filed under: Favourites,Meat,Pasta — delishuss @ 11:54 am
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I saw Gordon Ramsay cook (Gordon Ramsay’s Cookery Course) this along with a number of meatball recipes which I have to try and I thought it looked delicious. I was a little worried that it might be a bit bland but it’s not at all. This is one for making at the weekend when you have plenty of time to prepare it in advance. It doesn’t really take long to cook, it’s just prep time. Just a point to note about the orecchiette, it take a fair amount of cooking time, my packet took 18 minutes. The milk and breadcrumbs concept really works, it makes the meatballs moist.

I loved this recipe. I’m not sure how many people this serves but I would say 4-6 serves.

 

Ingredients

500g dried orecchiette pasta

2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced

200g kale or cavolo nero, shredded

4 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste

 

For the meatballs

1 small onion, peeled and finely diced

2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced

olive oil, for frying

1 tsp dried chilliflakes

500g minced beef

75g fresh breadcrumbs

3-4 tbsp milk

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

Method

1. First prepare the meatballs. Sauté the onion and garlic with seasoning in a hot oiled frying pan for about 5 minutes until soft and lightly coloured, adding the chilli flakes after a minute or two.

2. Place the mince in a large bowl and add seasoning. Put the breadcrumbs in a separate bowl and moisten with the milk. Add the seasoning, then stir the breadcrumbs and onion mixture into the mince and combine well. With wet hands, shape the mince mixture into small balls about 2cm wide. Transfer to a lightly greased plate or tray and chill for 30 minutes until firm.

3.  Start cooking the pasta in boiling salted water as per the pack instructions.

4. Meanwhile, heat the large frying pan over a medium and add a little olive oil. Brown the meatballs for 6 minutes until coloured on all sides.

5. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 2 minutes until tender, then add the kale and season. Sweat the kale over a medium heat for 5 minutes with a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water from the pasta. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary, then stir in the pine nuts.

6. Drain the pasta, reserving a few tablespoons of cooking water. Tip the pasta into the pan with the meatballs and stir over a medium-low heat until well mixed. Add a good handful of finely grated Parmesan, an mix well with a little cooking water to help to coat the pasta. Tate and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

7. Serve garnished with another grating od Parmesan.

I’m dying to try out the other meatball recipes. Will keep you posted if I do.