pasta

September 5, 2018
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Pesto Sauce

Ingredients: 

2 cups basil leaves 

2 garlic cloves 

2 TBS lightly roasted pine nuts 

1/2 cup good olive oil 

1/2 cup parmesan cheese 

A squeeze of lime 

A pinch of lime zest 

A tiny bit of black pepper 

Preparation: 

In a food processor, place the basil, pine nuts, garlic, black pepper, lime zest and squeezed lime (squeeze directly in the processor u only need a tiny bit), process all until u obtain a fine mixture 

With the processor on low speed, add the olive oil as a thin thread in a steady motion until they are all well incorporated

Add the parmesan and process just until blended 

Use immediately, you can also refrigerate or freeze for later use! 

For the pesto pasta:

Heat a pan 

Add some pesto sauce (as much as you like) 

Add boiled pasta and some pasta broth 

Mix well and serve immediately!


July 11, 2018
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Tomato Meat Sauce

Ingredients:

400 grams finely minced meat
1 finely chopped big onion
1 crushed garlic clove
1 big tomato,chopped
1 TBS tomato paste
1.5 cups hot water
A pinch of salt, Oregano, dired basil and black pepper

Preparation:

In a pan add some oil, add the onions and spices and stir sprinkle some salt and allow to cook.
Add meat, garlic, tomato and tomato paste.
Stir and cook on low hear for 10 mn
Add hot water
let simmer for 10-15 mn
until the mix thickens

White Sauce

Ingredients:

4 cups or 1 L skimmed liquid milk 

4 tablespoons cornstarch 

A pinch of black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg and salt  

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients well while cold

put in a pan and transfer to heat

keep stirring until the mixture thickens 

Preparations of lasagna

Put a layer of white sauce

top with non cooked lasagna sheets

add white sauce, meat mix, lasagna sheets and repeat until you end with white sauce

top with a cheese mix or some light mozzarella cheese
cook in a preheated oven at 220 degrees for around 20 mn
brown the top a bit

Let it rest a little before cutting


July 11, 2018
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Pasta

Ingredients:

250 grams whole wheat pasta, boiled (leave some of their water)
300 gram peeled shrimp – deveined
1 cup home made pesto sauce
1 TBS lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp lemon zest
Salt and black pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese for garnish
Roasted cherry tomato (a handful of cherry tomato roasted in the oven with salt, black pepper and some olive oil)

Preparation:

Heat a pot
Add some olive oil, shrimp, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice
Cook for 2-3 mn on each side
Add pasta, 1/4 cup pasta water and pesto
Mix all together
Serve with roasted tomato and a sprinkle of good parmesan cheese!

Pesto Sauce

Ingredients:

2 cups basil leaves 

2 garlic cloves 

2 TBS lightly roasted pine nuts 

1/2 cup good olive oil 

1/2 cup parmesan cheese 

A squeeze of lime 

A pinch of lime zest 

A tiny bit of black pepperO

Preparation:

In a food processor, place the basil, pine nuts, garlic, black pepper, lime zest and squeezed lime (squeeze directly in the processor u only need a tiny bit), process all until u obtain a fine mixture
With the processor on low speed, add the olive oil as a thin thread in a steady motion until they are all well incorporated
Add the parmesan and process just until blended
Use immediately, or refrigerate/freeze for later use!


July 11, 2018
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Ingredients:

250 grams orzo pasta, boiled to al dente (save 1 cup of the water used after boiling)
1/2 cup home made pesto
2 TBS sun dried tomato (preserved in oil, oil drained well)
1 garlic clove, minced
Black pepper
Salt
2 TBS good grated parmesan cheese
Toasted pine nuts to serve

Preparation:

Heat a pan
Add pesto, salt, pepper, tomatoes and garlic
Heat a little
Add orzo and combine well
Add 1/2 cup of pasta water (or more if u want it risotto like)
Add parmesan and stir well
Serve with some extra black pepper and toasted pine nuts!


July 10, 2018
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Ingredients: 

250 grams orzo pasta, boiled keeping 1 cup water from the water used in boiling) 

2 cup cherry tomato, quartered 

2 tsp tomato paste 

1 cup vegetable broth or 1 maggi cube dissolved in 1 cup hot water 

500 grams shrimp, deveined, tails on (or off if you wish) 

2 garlic cloves minced 

2 TBS olive oil 

Spices: 1 tsp italian spices, 1 tsp smoked or normal paprika, 1 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp chilli falkes, a pinch of black and white pepper, salt to taste 

Preparation: 

Heat a wide pan 

Add 1 TBS olive oil, the spices and garlic 

Cook for 30 seconds 

Add shrimp and cook for around 5 mn until pink in color 

Remove shrimp from pan 

Add the remaining 1 TBS olive oil, tomato and tomato paste and cook for 2-3 mn

Add 1 cup vegetable stock and let simmer for 5-7 mn

Add the boiled orzo and mix well 

Add shrimp and combine all together 

Serve immediately with some parmesan cheese (optional)


July 9, 2018
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Preparation:

Blend together all of the following:

200 grams whole canned tomato with their juice

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon basil, 1 teaspoon olive oil

1 crushed garlic clove (you can also add dried oregano or replace dried basil with fresh basil leaves)

Simmer for 15-20 mn on low heat

Mix sauce with boiled pasta (preferably whole wheat pasta)

Serve with parmesan cheese


July 9, 2018
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Ingredients:

3/4 cup pesto sauce (recipe follows) 

1.5-2 TBS tomato paste 

1 cup cherry tomato, halved

500 grams uncooked shrimp 

200 ml low fat cooking cream 

1 cup pasta water

2 garlic cloves, minced

Italian spices, salt and black pepper to taste

Hot pepper/chili flakes are optional 

A handful of fresh basil, finely chopped 

500 grams cooked pasta 

Preparation:

Heat a pot

Add pesto sauce and tomato paste and heat them 

Add tomato, shrimp, salt, black pepper and italian spices and cook for 3 mn 

Add fresh basil, cooking cream and pasta water and let simmer for around 5-7 mn 

Add the cooked pasta and combine everything together 

Serve with some grated parmesan cheese and devour

Pesto Sauce:

Ingredients: 

2 cups basil leaves 

2 garlic cloves 

2 TBS lightly roasted pine nuts 

1/2 cup good olive oil  

A squeeze of lime 

A pinch of lime zest 

A tiny bit of black pepper 

Preparation: 

In a food processor, place the basil, pine nuts, garlic, black pepper, lime zest and squeezed lime (squeeze directly in the processor u only need a tiny bit), process all until u obtain a fine mixture 

With the processor on low speed, add the olive oil as a thin thread in a steady motion until they are all well incorporated

Add the parmesan and process just until blended 

Use immediately, u can also refrigerate or freeze for later use! 


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