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    • Kal
    • By Kal 2nd Apr 06, 10:55 PM
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    Anyone any pasta ideas????
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 10:55 PM
    Anyone any pasta ideas???? 2nd Apr 06 at 10:55 PM
    Hi there,

    Has anyone got any interesting ideas for pasta? I've gotten sick of just pasta and a tin of campbells soup!!! I was thinking about a one pot meal with pasta and meat - has anyone got any recipes?

    Plus I was able to get a nice piece of aberdeen angus brisket reduced in Tescos very cheaply which is now languishing in the freezer as I dont know how to cook it!!!!!!!!!
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 2nd Apr 06, 11:12 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:12 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:12 PM
    Brisket needs slow moist cooking so pot roast is the way to go. brown it all over and put in a deep casserole on top of a bed of carrots, swede, celery. onions mushrooms etc. Add enough stock to come half way up and chuck it in the oven on lowish for about 3 hours.

    When cooked, strain the liquid, put in a saucepan and boil untill reduced. Add a roue of butter and flour to thicken and serve with meat and veggies.

    As for the pasta, how about a cheap bacon and leak dish? Any pasta - I use macaroni. A couple of leeks and some slices of bacon chopped. Cook the bacon and leeks together. Cook the pasta untill just done. make a cheese sauce. Mix the whole lot together tip into a ovenproof dish, top with breadcrumbs and parmasan and bake in a hot oven till bubbly and golden brown on top
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  • competitionscafe
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:20 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:20 PM
    Pasta, creme fraiche, pan fried mushrooms (or italian anti pasta wild mushrooms from a jar), parsley

    Pasta, artichoke hearts (good ones in oil from a jar), fried bacon, creme fraiche - can also add a bit of Dijon or English mustard if you like

    Pasta, diced goats cheese, stoned black olives, sliced sun dried tomatoes.

    You can add almost anything to pasta really - I just chuck stuff in and see what it's like - the above are 3 of my favourite 'concoctions'. And all of them are very quick and easy 15 minutes from start to finish suppers.
    "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the
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    of everything that comes along their way."
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 2nd Apr 06, 11:21 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:21 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:21 PM
    One of our family favourites is this recipe for minestrone soup.

    I add extra pasta (fusilli, the twisty one, rather than macaroni) and replace the parmesan (apparently it smells,:rolleyes with grated cheddar.

    If you serve it with home made crusty bread it makes a really filling main meal.

    Pink
    • Kal
    • By Kal 2nd Apr 06, 11:28 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:28 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:28 PM
    Thanks guys- it all sounds lovely and I'm quite hungry now.
  • livilou
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:35 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 06, 11:35 PM
    how about pasta, mix in some salmon (I buy tesco salmon trimmings and they are great for this dish and very cheap. Make a cheese sauce, pour over the cooked pasta and salmon and cook for about 20 minutes in the oven. I sometimes add peas, mushrooms, or broccoli is nice, salmon, broccoli, pasta cheese bake,,yum............

    xx
    • emg
    • By emg 3rd Apr 06, 6:58 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 06, 6:58 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 06, 6:58 AM
    When I'm feeling really lazy I cook and drain pasta and then stir in a couple of spoonfuls of flavoured soft cheese (garlic and herb is my favourite). I add some chopped ham if I have any around and sometimes some peas (frozen, I add them to the last few minutes of the pasta before I drain it).
    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 3rd Apr 06, 8:18 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 06, 8:18 AM
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    • 3rd Apr 06, 8:18 AM
    My sons favourite meal is pasta, add sweetcorn and peas. Crack an egg into the cooked (strained) pasta mix and stir until all covered. I also add a couple of tablespoons of cream and sometimes cooked bacon or chicken!!!!
  • ymcas
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    • 3rd Apr 06, 12:23 PM
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    • 3rd Apr 06, 12:23 PM
    how about pasta, mix in some salmon (I buy tesco salmon trimmings and they are great for this dish and very cheap. Make a cheese sauce, pour over the cooked pasta and salmon and cook for about 20 minutes in the oven. I sometimes add peas, mushrooms, or broccoli is nice, salmon, broccoli, pasta cheese bake,,yum............

    xx
    by livilou

    I do something similar to this but add frozen peas during the last 5 minutes of boiling the pasta, drain. Put a little butter or frylight in the bottom of the pan, return pasta to the pan and add the smoked salmon trimings. Stir round until the salmon is cooked (often don't need the pan on the heat for this) and then add some single cream (or elmlea mixed with yogurt to be healthy), you don't need very much, mix it all around and add parmesan and black pepper. One pot, 15 minutes!
  • Mishy
    Why don't you try making a tomato, pepper and onion sauce for the pasta and put some swordfish in pancetta on top. It's a quick and easy to do.

    You can use any fish really but I like it with swordfish best.
  • Heth
    We often have:
    - Penne with tomato and sausage sauce (basically make a tomato sauce with sliced sausages, mix some cream and parmesan in)
    - Pasta with spinach, ricotta and pine nuts
    - Pasta with spinach and mushrooms
    - Pasta with 3 tomato sauce (tinned, chopped sundried, and halved cherry) and feta
    - Pasta bake with leeks, mushrooms and chopped bacon
    - Pasta bake with salsa aurora (basically tomato sauce with cream), with some chopped mozzarella cheese
    - Pasta with creamy mushroom sauce (fry up some mushrooms, mix creme fraiche in)
    - Pasta with chopped peppers (fried till soft) and bacon and onion
    - Pasta carbonara (I usually add mushrooms as well)
    - Pasta with broccoli and pine nuts.
  • Mishy
    Have you tried using brown rice instead of pasta.
    • Rachie B
    • By Rachie B 3rd Apr 06, 12:57 PM
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    this is one of my faves

    soften onion & garlic ( i use red onion can use spring onion etc)
    add cubed pancetta (or use ham / bacon whatever)
    then add whatever youve got (i like spinach or leek with mushroom ,the kids like peas / sweetcorn)
    then stir in some creme fraiche and some low fat soft cheese to make the "sauce"

    stir into / pour on top of pasta ,add some grated cheddar cheese or parmesan (also nice with feta)

    serve with warm ciabatta

    yummmmeeeeee :P
    • Kal
    • By Kal 3rd Apr 06, 3:08 PM
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    Kal
    Have you tried using brown rice instead of pasta.
    by Mishy
    Never actually tried brown rice before. I been staying away from rice lately because mine seems to turn out a sticky mess anyway - but someone mentioned to me that using a microwavable rice cooker produces really good results so am on the look-out for one of those.
  • halloweenqueen
    Make sure you rinse the rice first. Drain it and then add 1 and half times water, so one cup rice to one and a half water. I use the steamer to do mine and not had any bad results, still do these measurements for boiling in saucepan, you can add saffron or stock cubes etc to flavour it if you want to.
    • Rachie B
    • By Rachie B 3rd Apr 06, 3:24 PM
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    Rachie B
    just made a quick and easy pasta sauce for the boys

    heat some pasatta in a pan (or chopped toms)
    add tinned tuna (and sweetcorn if you like it)
    stir in mascarpone / cream cheese
    season & add herbs to your taste

    creamy and yummy :P
  • winkle1
    i fry onion, garlic and some veg (spinach, courgettes, peppers0), stir fry and then add a tin of tomatoes. add mixed herbs and some chilli and stir in the pasta.
    • bizzy_lizzie
    • By bizzy_lizzie 3rd Apr 06, 5:25 PM
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    bizzy_lizzie
    Tuna, Mayo & Onion

    Cooked, curry mayonaise, onion & little carrot sticks.

    Both irressistable. WIsh I could come up with a third variety that would please everyone as much as these.

    BL
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    • dwhl
    • By dwhl 3rd Apr 06, 6:17 PM
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    dwhl
    incredibly simple but tasty.....

    roast chicken and then strip off the meat and make into small pieces, add to boiled pasta and then add potato salad....(found that Morrisons potato salad works best!!)
  • chaos5678
    I cook sping onion, garlic and cherry toms in olive oil and just put that over cooked pasta, It's nice with chilli added aswell
    Good way to use up "past their best" toms

    Ordinary toms are good, but best if skinned
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