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Pasta Arabiata December 26, 2011

Filed under: Pasta — delishuss @ 7:07 pm
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Belated Happy Christmas everyone. I hope you all had a nice enjoyable day.

As like most houses on Stephen’s Day, there was some leftover ham from the Christmas dinner. I didn’t fancy having¬† turkey and ham again so I decided to whip up some pasta. I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. It was ready in a matter of minutes. Fantastic.


Serves 1


1 tablespoon of olive oil

75g pasta of your choice ( I used Fusilli)

1/2 an onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, crushed

1/2 red pepper

200g of arabiata style chopped tomatoes (can be found in Lidl), alternatively if you can’t get those, just use half a finely chopped chilli and fry off with the garlic.

75g-100g chopped ham (gamon style ham)

40g grated cheese

Salt and black pepper



1. Start by putting the pasta on to boil. Cook according to the packet instructions.

2.  Meanwhile, heat a saucepan and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the peppers and onion and cook for 5-6 minutes.

3. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.

4. Then add the ham and fry to a further 2 minutes.

5. Add the chopped tomatoes, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes.

6. Taste and season if necessary. Stir in the cooked pasta.

7. Remove to a serving dish. Sprinkle over the cheese and place under the grill for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.

Then relax, have a glass of wine and put the feet up.


Spanish Ham and Bean Hotpot August 22, 2010

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Meat,Weight Watchers Recipes — delishuss @ 9:04 pm
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I served this with green beans, carrots and baby potatoes (you will need to point the potatoes). Generally I would season the dish during the cooking process but gammon can be salty, so in this case I would season at the end.

Serves 4

3 1/2 points per serving


Low fat cooking spray

2 onions, chopped

250g (0z) thick gammon steak, all fat removed and cut into bite sized chunks

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

2 teaspoon of mixed herbs

1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes

1 x 400g can low sugar and low salt baked beans

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Heat a large lidded saucepan and spray with the cooking spray. Add the onions and cook, stirring for 4 minutes, adding a tablespoon of water if necessary to prevent them from sticking.

2. Add the gammon and cook for another 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

3. Add the herbs, tomatoes, beans, paprika and 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) water and bring to the boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat, and simmer, half-covered, for 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly. Season to taste.

4. Serve in warm bowls.