Roast winter vegetable & herb pasta

Roast winter vegetable & herb pasta

This caramelised vegetable, hearty pasta dish with fresh herbs and salty cheese is so easy; just roast some vegies and toss through cooked pasta and fragrant garlic oil.  Serve with lots of cheese and crusty bread!

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

This classic Italian recipe, which I changed a bit by using cherry tomatoes, is amazingly flavourful.  The trifecta (so unpopular when I was a kid but now I love them) of olives, capers and anchovies make for a delicious dish without being overpowering at all.  I really enjoyed this!

Spring spaghetti with zucchini, cherry tomatoes & peas

Spring spaghetti with zucchini, cherry tomatoes & peas

I’m always banging on about spring produce but this time of year always inspires me to cook up huge, steaming bowls of pasta with this season’s fresh and lovely vegies.  There’s something about their sweet, crisp flavour combined with comforting spaghetti;  fresh, lemony and perfect for a weekend lunch.

Roast pumpkin, herb & walnut pasta bake

Roast pumpkin, herb & walnut pasta bake

A pasta bake’s always a welcome, comforting dish.  I made a pumpkin pasta & walnut bake a few weeks ago, threw in some fresh herbs and roasted the vegies beforehand to give them that sweet, caramelised taste.  The roast pumpkin slightly breaks down into the pasta and cream, making this dish super creamy and delicious[read more…]

Pasta with creamy pumpkin sauce (vegan)

Pasta with creamy pumpkin sauce (vegan)

While making my usual winter pumpkin soup recently, it occurred to me that with a few tweaks, it would make a lovely, healthy sauce for pasta, so I gave it a go. Adding nutmeg, sage and a decent amount of full fat coconut cream, this turned pumpkin soup into a lush, creamy and flavoursome sauce which goes[read more…]

Spag Bol

Spag Bol

Spag bol is one of those things most of us learn how to make early on, after we’ve left home, gone to uni or sharing with a bunch of mates.  I haven’t made it in ages actually because it seems one of those massively uncool dishes nobody eats anymore.  But it’s so yummy!  Why must[read more…]

Italian gnocchi bake

Italian gnocchi bake

I love gnocchi but I never know what to do with it so I made a bit of a bake a while back.  The comfortingly soft, pillowy little dumplings, gooey cheese, rich tomato sauce and crunchy topping will be wonderful for those cosy winter nights set up in front of the TV with a glass of red[read more…]

Ham and cheese pasta bake

Ham and cheese pasta bake

So I had a heap of leftover ham from Christmas which I froze because there was so much food, we didn’t get to it.  I couldn’t see ourselves eating ham sandwiches for the next 4 months so decided to make a massive cheesy bake thing a while back. The amount in this recipe seems a lot of[read more…]

Walnut, parsley & lemon penne

Walnut, parsley & lemon penne

I made this lovely fresh pasta dish on a recent weekend.  It only requires a few ingredients which most people would have on hand and the flavours pack a punch; lemony, fragrant garlic, fresh herbs, crunchy walnuts, salty parmesan and a bit of heat.

Super easy tomato pasta sauce

Super easy tomato pasta sauce

I love marinara sauce and I make it regularly for freezing but sometimes, to be perfectly honest, all I want is these ingredients: Start cooking your pasta in boiling, salted water (I always cook too much, every time) and then thinly slice garlic and throw into a decent splash of extra virgin olive oil in a[read more…]

Cheesy mushroom lasagna

Cheesy mushroom lasagna

Now I have to warn you, this post is chock-full of mushrooms so if you’re not into them, you should probably look away (it’s also full of cheese but hey, most people like that).  I understand that mushies are one of those polarising vegetables that you either love or hate and I myself have only[read more…]

Spring salmon pasta

Spring salmon pasta

I love making impromptu dishes from stuff left over in the fridge.  I made this on Saturday night and it was well received.  Garlicky, fragrant with rich Atlantic salmon, crisp, buttery asparagus and just a dash of cream. Oh and some fresh green peas would be great in here if you have them.

The cheesiest mac cheese with avocado

The cheesiest mac cheese with avocado

Macaroni cheese has stayed consistent throughout generations of food and dietary trends – cheesy, salty and full of fat and carbs.  What are you gonna do?!  Can’t fight city hall. So, some things I’ve discovered: Don’t make it low fat.  Just.don’t.  If any of you are worried about your gorgeous figures, then don’t eat macaroni cheese.  Eat something else.  There[read more…]

Spaghetti with sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes and herbs

Spaghetti with sweetcorn, cherry tomatoes and herbs

Although I made a summer lasagna using corn a while back, I hadn’t thought about adding corn kernels to long pasta until I saw a couple of recent recipes online, however it really is inspired.  The sweet corn kernels and cherry tomatoes taste lovely mixed with fresh herbs into glossy, slightly creamy pasta with just a touch of[read more…]

Tomato butter pasta

Tomato butter pasta

An easy dish which I just sort of threw together today for lunch as it’s gloomy and grey and I feel a bit poorly (I love that word.  It describes that blah feeling perfectly).  And I always feel like pasta on rainy days!  Every single time. Too easy to list ingredients and such, it’s simply – pasta of[read more…]

Spaghetti with beef herb meatballs and marinara sauce

Spaghetti with beef herb meatballs and marinara sauce

This is a meal a lot of us would remember from our childhoods.  You could be really retro and serve it with garlic bread and a glass of red wine.  There are some dishes I never get over no matter how many new and exciting ideas come on the market, and spaghetti and meatballs with all the fixings is one[read more…]

Penne with broccoli, garlic, chilli and pine nuts

Penne with broccoli, garlic, chilli and pine nuts

A spontaneous dish I made initially to use up the rest of the broccoli in the crisper and have made quite a few times since. This rustic dish was lovely with simple ingredients; the freshness of broccoli, a subtle hit of chilli, some crunchy nuts and salty Parmesan, all piled up in a bowl invitingly.  I served ours with avocado because[read more…]

Penne with zucchini, chilli flakes and feta cheese

Penne with zucchini, chilli flakes and feta cheese

I’m always on the lookout for tasty zucchini recipes, as I love it’s crisp freshness.  When I saw a recipe for zucchini pasta in a magazine years ago, I thought it looked perfect for a healthy, weekday meal so I adapted it by adding some new flavours.  I have lots of those actually.  Does anyone else have a heap[read more…]

Linguine with garlic, chilli, herbs and pine nuts

Linguine with garlic, chilli, herbs and pine nuts

I love this pasta dish.  It’s my go-to recipe when my loved ones or I need a quick pick-me-up, comforting meal.  It’s quite rich and satisfying and you don’t need a huge amount.  It’s best with long pasta; either linguine or spaghetti. You can add as much or little garlic as you like.  My other[read more…]

Kale and walnut pesto

Kale and walnut pesto

Pesto is such a fresh, savoury and nutty dish – it’s the perfect thing to keep in the fridge for a quick sauce for pasta or a piece of grilled chicken or fish, to mix in with mashed potatoes or to use as an impromptu dip.  I even sent Ant off to work the other morning with a[read more…]

Marinara sauce

Marinara sauce

I know everyone has their own way of making pasta sauce, and there’s no wrong or right way but I thought I’d post my own recipe, which I make regularly and freeze. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with tomato sauce in a jar, and god knows I use it when I’m whipping up a quick lasagna,[read more…]