Spinach, basil, grana and mixed nut pesto

There is no pretty photo with this post. The photo is portioned pesto for freezing. But the pesto is great, freezes well, twaws easily, and comes in handy for quick and easy meals. My girls love pesto in pasta, and this pesto, packed with spinach, pecans, and walnuts, packs a healthy punch. Taken from the…

Penne carbonara with cream cheese

I had some leftover canadian-style bacon, and Madeleine loves carbonara, so the decision was clear.  Except I didn’t have cream!  But I did have cream cheese, so I improvised.  The result was creamy and rich, and perhaps a bit less fat as well!   Ingredients 2 Tb olive oil and 2 Tb butter 1 cup…

Pork and veal meatballs with curly pasta and parmesan

Each person you speak to will likely have a different recipe for the best meatballs.  I still haven’t found them, and there very well may not be a single best recipe.  I’ve tried beef alone, beef with pancetta, beef with bacon, pork and beef, addition of buttermilk, etc.  All good.  These have pork and veal…

Easter Friday Prawn Ravioli

Not that we’re religious, but we thought to have a meat-free dinner on Easter Friday (forget the bacon we had for breakfast!)…so I picked up some local prawns at the fishmonger, made some pasta ravioli, filled with prawn, and served with a simple tomato sauce.  Once you get the feel for the proper consistency of…

Simple slow-cooked pasta sauce

Easy easy easy. Sauté 1 Lb (1/2 kg) ground beef with 1 cup diced bacon. Once the beef starts to brown, add in 1 large diced onion. When the onion goes translucent, add in 1/2 head minced garlic. Sauté another 5 minutes and then transfer to a slow cooker. Add in 2 stalks diced celery,…

Spinach, basil and walnut pesto pasta

250 g (1/2 lb) baby spinach1 large handful basil leaves6 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped1/4 tsp nutmeg1/4 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp salt1/2 cup cream1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded1 cup walnuts, toasted1/4 cup olive oil Sauté the garlic in the olive oil for about 2-3 minutes, then add the spinach and cook down until tender. Place…

Broccoli and carrot creamy pasta

Chop up 2 stalks celery, 1 head broccoli, 2 small carrots and 3 garlic cloves. Sauté, add 1/2 cup chicken consume, 1/4 cup cream, 1 Tb tomato paste, 1 Tb oregano and black pepper. Cook until vegees are tender and serve with pasta. A quick and simple dinner!

Pasta with broccoli, pea and bacon in cream sauce

A very simple dinner. While the water is coming to the boil, sauté some minced bacon, cut broccoli and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add about 1 cup whole milk and frozen peas. Once simmering, add a mixture of 1 cup cream and 4 egg yolks. Add some grated nutmeg and black pepper and stir…