Super Simple One-Pan Pasta

supersimple1I admit I have stolen this pasta cooking technique from Eat Like a Girl but I couldn’t resist sharing my own version of this amazingly simple dish. The more people that hear about this way of cooking pasta, the better because it is a cheap, quick and simple way to cook a fantastically delicious dinner.

supersimple2I have gone for a super simple combination of flavours here but this would work with loads of different ingredients. I can’t wait to try it with mushroom and red onion, where the onion is fried along with the garlic and dried porcini stock is used instead of the water. I also think one with courgette, peas and mint topped with feta would be delicious.

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Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

ravioli2I am not ready for summer to be over. I need at least another month of barbecues, sunshine and denial, meaning I am now desperately grasping at every last inch of summer I can get my hands on. This, of course, runs to food but I can’t quite bring myself to make a salad when outside the window monsoon season rages. Some dishes though, like heady saffron rich paellas or luxurious bowls of linguine frutti di mare, cannot fail to comfort and bring back memories of holiday bliss. Unfortunately though, unless you are a millionaire, they are somewhat decadent for a wednesday night.

ravioli1This spinach ravioli on the other hand costs almost nothing to make and is just light enough to feel summery and exotic whilst being sufficiently warming and comforting to combat the chill of September. Making homemade pasta may seem a complete faff but hopefully my guide below will simplify it a bit. Having said that, if you don’t have a pasta machine don’t bother. Hand rolling pasta is best left to formidable Italian grandmothers and professional chefs. Continue reading

Easy Peasy Pasta

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I am a bit rushed for time at the moment with hundreds of essay hand-ins all arriving at once and the constant looming threat of the dreaded dissertation. Because of this I haven’t got much time to dedicate to cooking or blogging. I thought for this week that I would just share the quickest easiest recipe I know for a delicious bowl of pasta. For anybody out there who is in the same position as me this is a recipe for a lovely home-cooked dinner that won’t eat up your evening. Throw out the ready meals and take aways for just one night and give this a go.

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Barcelona Style Spaghetti Vongole

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Scroll down and you’ll see my review of my recent holiday to the beautiful city of Barcelona. One of my must-visit places is the Boqueria Market on Las Ramblas. This tourist hotspot remains a fantastic place to get fresh produce and is where I sourced my ingredients for the recipe below. I understand that clams are pretty hard to get your hands on but if you ever come across them buy them!! They are delicious and, as shellfish go, they are not the most expensive. They are also pretty easy to handle if you buy them clean.

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I can definitely attest to the simplicity of this recipe. I cooked it in the Airbnb flat I was renting. The kitchen was basic to say the least! This can be cooked entirely on a two hob stove using two pans. It is a bit nerve racking cooking something for the first time, especially when that something is alive when you start cooking it. Trust me if you follow this recipe it will work out fine!! This is the perfect holiday night-in recipe, especially if you are in Barcelona. The clams are easy to source as is the Cava, it is so so cheap and you can buy it anywhere. If you are not in Barcelona, as I imagine most of you aren’t, then a cheap wine will do the job, we were just feeling a little decadent.vongole2

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Courgette and Pancetta Summer Pasta

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It is far too hot to cook at the moment. Even I have been finding it very hard to motivate myself. I have been seeking out really simple recipes that don’t require too long in the kitchen as weather like this should be enjoyed to its best extent, in a beer garden. Pasta is always the best simple dinner option, perfect for soaking up any inadvertent after-work drinks.

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This dish is a sort of twist on a carbonara. It is a great lighter alternative, perfect for anyone working on a bikini body as I have avoided the cream element. A much more interesting alternative to pasta and pesto but still really quick to make and requires very few ingredients. Hope you enjoy it, I am off back outside to frolic in the sunshine!

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Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs

It’s that time of year again for students, everything is up in the air. Either you are manically cramming as much information into your overstuffed brains as is humanly possible, and if this is the case you are probably eating week-old Chinese takeaway, or you are finally finished with uni work and are celebrating by spending at least two weeks in an alcohol induced coma. In any case cooking is not at the top of most people’s lists of priorities.

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