Pasta Dishes

Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

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Ingredients (for 200g pasta or two medium fish steak pieces):
1/2 cup boiled water
1/2 cube chicken/vegetable stock
2 tbsp olive oil
1 heaped tbsp minced fresh garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp parsley flakes/finely chopped fresh parsley
1tsp chilli flakes
30g butter cubed

Method:
1. Place the olive oil in a pan, heat and add the minced garlic. Let it cook on a medium heat till the garlic turns medium brown. Stir occasionally to ensure the garlic cooks evenly and does not burn.
2. Meanwhile make the chicken or vegetable stock by stirring the stock cube into boiling water till it has totally dissolved.
3. Add the stock to the garlic once it has cooked. Now add the lemon juice, parsley, chilli flakes as well as salt and pepper to taste. Mix together.
4. Now let the sauce reduce on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes till the mixture looks thicker and has reduced by half at least.
5. Then take it off the heat and wait for about half a minute for the sauce to ‘calm down’. Add the cubed butter and stir till it has melted into the sauce. Adjust salt and pepper. Serve immediately poured over simple fish or boiled pasta. Garnish with thyme leaves.

Enjoy x

Love From Foodie Khuzzy B

Sausage Pasta Bake

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Ingredients:
8-10 sausages or kebabs cut into chunks
Onion sliced
Jar of pasta sauce (tomato and basil)
300g (1/2 -3/4) packet of pasta
Ginger and garlic paste
Green chillies to taste
Coriander powder
Cumin powder
Salt to taste
Chilli powder to taste
Freshly chopped parsley or coriander
Fresh basil
Whole mozzarella cheese ball
Vegetables (optional –  carrots, courgette or peppers)

Method:
1. In a pot fry the frozen or fresh sausages in oil for about 4-5 minutes until brown.
2. Now add the chopped onions to the oil and cook till softened. Add the jar of pasta sauce, 1/2 the jar full of water and all the spices. Simmer on low heat till bubbles. Then chopped parsley or coriander.
3. Boil pasta separately, then drain and add to the sauce. Mix together. Empty into a ovenproof dish.
4. Dot the sausage pasta with chunks of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some fresh basil. Grill for few minutes until cheese melts.

Note: For a healthier option cook the sausages or kebabs in the oven.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha

Spaghetti Fry

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Ingredients:
500g spaghetti
2-3 tbsp spoon oil
Green chillies
1-2 tsp chillies
Black pepper
3 garlic cloves
Green, yellow and red pepper
200g mushrooms
Chopped coriander

Method:
1. Fry all the spices in oil.
2. Add the vegetables till cooked.
3. Add boiled spaghetti. Mix together and serve with chopped coriander.

Note: you can add any other vegetables you would like.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Zeynab Kalang

Chicken Spaghetti

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Ingredients:
Chicken breast
Onions (for frying and blending)
Green chillies
Crushed ginger and garlic
Fresh tomatoes or tinned tomatoes
Peppers
Carrots
Sweetcorn
Coconut cream

Method:
1. Brown onions then add the spices including green chilies, ginger and garlic.
2. Add the chopped fresh tomatoes or tinned or both till oil bubbles appear ath the top.
3. Add the diced chicken breast and leave to cook.
4. Meanwhile blend the peppers, sweetcorn, onions and carrots together. Then add to the chicken. Leave to cook for a few minutes.
5. Finally add the coconut cream. Once melted, combine and switch off the gas.
6. Add the boiled and drained spaghetti to the sauce. Garnish with chopped coriander, red onions and fried samosa pastry ( or crushed pringles)

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Afifa Batan

Lamb Spaghetti

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Ingredients:
1lb lamb
1 large Onion
Red chilli powder to
Crushed green chillies to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
Whole spices; cinnamon, cloves, cardamon pods.
2 fresh tomatoes
1/2 chopped tomatoes tin
Fresh coriander
Ginger and garlic paste
Salt to taste

Method:
1. Cook the usual meat curry using the above ingredients. Be aware not to add only a little water to the meat when cooking as the onions and tomatoe tin will produce the sauce (masala) which is soaked up by the spaghetti later. It shouldn’t be watery.
2. Whilst waiting for the meat to cook, break the spaghetti into four pieces and boil in a separate pot.
3. Once meat is cooked and masala created toss the spaghetti into the meat and mix till well combined.
4. Garnish with coriander and some fried onions and potatoes and…
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… Serve with the following condiments:
Cucumber – chopped into small cubes
Tomatoes chopped into small cubes
Red onion – diced
Fried onions
Fried potatoes – grated then deep fried
Eggs – boiled then grated/cubed

Note: you can also add a dash of tomato sauce before serving.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Amina Batan

Creamy Tagliatelle

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Ingredients:
300g tagliatelle
1 tsp salt (more to taste)
1/2 lb diced chicken breast
1/2 tub philadelphia
1 tub cream
Handful of broccoli
Handful of sliced peppers
1 tsp spoon pepper
2 tbsp oil
Crushed green chillies to taste
Garlic and ginger paste

Method:
1. Heat the oil and fry the chicken with the ginger and garlic. Add salt, green chillies and pepper.
2. Blanche the broccoli and pepper and add to the chicken.

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3. Then add the philadelphia and cream.

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4. Lastly add the boiled tagliatelle.

Note: You can swap the broccoli for mushrooms.

Enjoy x

Love From Foodie Zeynab Kalang

Butter Chicken Lasagna

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Ingredients:
(makes one medium sized dish)
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion (sliced)
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 pepper (cut finely)
1/2 courgette (cut finely)
1 carrot (cut finely)
Chicken breast (cubed)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp tandoori masala
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 jar ready pasta sauce
Salt to taste
50g single or double cream
1 jar white sauce/homemade
Lasagna sheets
Mozerella & cheddar cheese

Method:
1. Heat the oil in a pot and add the onions till they soften and turn brown at the edges.
2. Then add the garlic and let it fry for a few seconds.
3. Par boil the carrots separately and then add with the rest of the vegetables to the onions. Cook until soft.
4. Now add the chicken, black pepper, tandoori masala, salt and chilli powder and mix together. Ler the chicken cook till it starts to release water.
5. Then add the jar of pasta sauce and a little more oil if needed. Let the mixture cook on medium heat till oil bubbles appear at the top.
6. Taste and adjust salt and chilli powder accordingly. Lower the heat and then add the cream; mixing till fully incorporated. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat and then switch off the heat completely.
7. Grease an oven proof casserole dish and put a layer of lasagna at the bottom. Then some white sauce, mixed grated cheese and butter chicken filling.
8. Repeat twice more in the order of lasagna white sauce, sprinkled grated cheese and chicken filling. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes at gas mark 5 till lasagna is cooked and brown at the top.

Serve with a crunchy ceaser salad.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Khuzzy B x

Sweet & Sour Noodles

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Ingredients:
250g noodles (pre-boiled)
500g prawns or chicken breast
1/2 tsp Ground pepper
1 tsp salt
1 bunch of spring onions
1 bottle of tomato chilli sauce (e.g East End Hot & Spicy)
1 tbsp crushed ginger & garlic
2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
2-3 handfuls of Sweetcorn
2-3 handfuls of fresh peppers
Red chilli powder to taste
Fresh green chillies (optional)
Fresh coriander

Method:
1. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil in a wok. Add the spring onions and pepper. Cook till the vegetables heat up.
2. Add the prawns of chicken and cook for a short while.
3. Add the soya sauce, honey, lemon juice, salt, ginger, garlic fresh peppers and sweetcorn. Cook for a little while.
4. Then add the chilli tomato sauce.
5. Once the prawns are cooked add the boiled noodles and fresh coriander. Mix thoroughly.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Ayesha Kasu

Vegetable Lasagna

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Ingredients:
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 large stem of leek
1 med courgette
1 large carrot
1 medium or large red onion
1 bottle lasagna sauce some Some tinned tomatoes
Spices

Method:
1. Brown some fresh garlic in oil.
2. Then add green chilies, coriander and cumin powder, turmeric, red chilli powder, salt, black pepper and some mixed herbs. Cook for a few minutes.
3. Now add carrots and cook for 3/4 mins. Then add the courgette and let it cook for 8/10 mins. Then add the leeks and Sweetcorn and cook for few more minutes.
4. After this then add the pasta sauce, tomatoes, peppers and onions. Bring to a boil and simmer till oil evaporates.
5. Make a white sauce and layer the lasagna in a dish with the vegetable mixture.

Note: Chop the vegetables chunky to give it more texture.

Enjoy x

Love from Foodie Afifa Batan