Pasta 27 results

Meatball pasta bake

Ask any of my old flatmates the dishes that they most remember me for, and I think they would probably say 'meatballs'! I've always loved cooking them (and eating them!). Meatballs and spaghetti was the first meal I ever made for my now husband (although that was a total disaster, I added a whole scotch bonnet chilli and it was HOTTER THAN THE SUN!) , he was so polite and sat and ate it all, the sweat pouring down his face! My old 'classic' meatball recipe had an incredibly rich sauce, ...

One-pot chilli mac’n’cheese

I live for a one-pot wonder! I love cooking, but I also love finding ways top simplify meals and make them easy and hassle-free to make without compromising on taste. Comfort food is my thing, and I always love it when Autumn kicks in and I feel really justified in cooking up big pots of comfort food! Some of my favourites are beef & Guinness casserole, smoky chilli con carne, pork and apple stew and Brazilian pork stew The brilliant thing about these types of meals is that it's ...

Spaghetti all’Amatriciana

I just love Italy- the food, the places, the people- it's a dream destination for me. We travelled to Umbria a couple of years ago at the end of the summer holidays- we didn't have a big budget so we found the cheapest flights that we could (they were to Milan, I wouldn't recommend that drive!), and then rented a cheap but beautiful little villa via Air B&B  in deepest Umbria- it was idyllic, we had fresh herbs in the garden, figs growing in the grounds of the complex- we stocked up on ...

Lemony chilli prawn tagliatelle

I honestly think that one of the best flavour combinations in the world is that of chilli/lemon/garlic, and it goes so beautifully with pasta and prawns that this is one of my favourite things to eat! There's a secret ingredient in this which I think lifts it to the next level- anchovies! Please don't be put off if you aren't an anchovy fan in general, you would never even detect they were there, but they add a depth and a saltiness and zing that really lifts this dish and makes it ...

Vegan lentil bolognese

I've been trying to find ways to get more legumes into our diet, and I have been dying to try out a lentil ragu recipe after seeing the idea on Pinterest! I used puy lentils, although you could also use green lentils- personally I would avoid red lentils as they can go very mushy, but I've seen some versions that do use them. One of the keys to a good bolognese sauce is giving it a nice long simmer, and this therefore works really well with dry lentils, as they have time to cook to ...

Pip’s favourite spaghetti bolognese recipe

  I have posted a lot of bolognese recipes since I started this blog- but I love experimenting to find that magical formula for a really good brew! This is the recipe that I think gives the best all round results every time- it's certainly not a traditional Italian recipe, but I think that the little twists really work to create a rich and tasty bolognese. I always love a dark looking sauce and this one gives you that too. For a more traditional and simple recipe have a look at ...

Wild garlic and pumpkin seed pesto

Ever since I moved back to Devon I have made an annual event of going up to the woods near where my parents live and picking some wild garlic to make pesto. At this time of year it carpets woodland, and isn't one of those foraged things that is impossible to find! If you haven't picked it before, then make sure you google it to ensure you are definitely picking the right leaves (I have popped some pictures below for reference!) , although it's pretty easy to identify with it's strong ...

Lemon & thyme chicken penne

  I sometimes struggle to find a meal that I know the whole family will like- my daughters have complete opposite tastes! This is something I cook if I need both something quick, and something that I know everyone will eat. It is very simple to make, but is really tasty- It certainly feels perfect as a lighter pasta dish now we are having longer, sunny evenings! Thyme is a readily available herb, but also so easy to keep yourself- it's very hardy! I am a terrible gardener, and it ...

Easy chilli garlic meatballs

There's nothing more satisfying than a big plate of meatballs! I've always loved them ever since watching Lady and the Tramp share a romantic plateful. Equally it can be a bit of a faff to make and I'm all for the easy life, so I've come up with this version which is so so quick to prepare, but tastes so good every time! The key to this is that the sauce doesn't involve any chopping or standing over the cooker, it's just blended and then left to simmer. It's also a real lesson in how ...

Spicy turkey meatballs

Meatballs are one of my favourite dishes, and I make loads of different versions! Pre-slimming I used to make a sauce which used cocoa powder and wine and it was a bit of a signature dish, but I have recently gone a bit more back to basics with my meatball sauces, and with this one I definitely think it pays off to keep it simple! It's very garlicky though, so don't have this the night before a date or a job interview! I also use the food processor here as personally I like a lump-free ...