Red Pepper Pasta Bake

pepper pasta bakeSometimes it’s worth just looking at the fridge and deciding to put things together that seem fairly logical. This evening I made a lovely tomatoey cheesy pasta bake, with ricotta stuffed peppers we had in the fridge. I made this bake with slightly less sauce than normal, so the cheese flavours come through. Dead quick and simple after work, really tasty and healthy, healthy as always!

You will need: a tin of tomatoes, 1 onion, 3 garlic cloves, mixed herbs, 40g cheddar cheese, 100g ricotta stuffed peppers (or if you don’t have any, use normal peppers, mushrooms, whatever 🙂 ), olive oil, 200g fusili.

pepper pasta bakeBoil your pasta in a big pan for 10 minutes. Chop up your garlic and onions and fry in olive oil, add the tinned tomatoes and the mixed herbs, and give everything a good stir. Chop the peppers in halves and grate the cheddar. Drain the pasta and put it into a casserole dish. Add the sauce and toss everything together. Pop your pepper halves in the dish and add half the grated cheese then stir. Sprinkle the other half of the cheese on top of the pasta and bake for 20 minutes on 180 degrees.

Serve straight out of the oven in a big pile and enjoy. This would be a great meal for friends if you just double the quantities. Lots of Mediterranean flavours make a really great meal.

pepper pasta bake

Love, Mrs Gardom

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Lazy Sunday Casserole

20140119_160112Sundays when me and Sam both have the day off are some of the best times. Yesterday we had bagels for breakfast, Sam went out and bought the paper, we stuck our favourite records on while I painted and Sam read The Observer. Before embarking on my art marathon, I decided to make a nice big healthy tea, which I could pop in the oven and leave to cook. This dish is perfect for a Sunday tea, with the lovely smells of cooking casserole wafting out of the oven while you listen to Led Zeppelin and paint.

You will need: half a yellow pepper, 1 red pepper, half a cauliflower, olive oil, 100g chickpeas (soaked), 1 tin green lentils, 2 tin tomatoes, 2 large carrots, 1 onion, 4 cloves garlic, coriander, tumeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, 500ml vegetable stock.

Pop your oven onto 120 degrees. Half your garlic cloves, dice the onion and fry in a little olive oil until soft. Chop all your veggies into big chunks. 20140119_115119Put your tin of tomatoes and 400ml stock into the casserole dish and season with 2 teaspoons of cumin (I love cumin!), 2 teaspoons coriander, 1 teaspoon tumeric, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Add your lentils, chickpeas and vegetables to the casserole and stir everything together. Then just put your dish in the oven and leave to cook for about 2 hours. 20140119_124130After two hours add another tin of tomatoes, 100ml stock and a bit more seasoning if you wish and give it a good stir. Pop back into the oven and cook for another two hours.20140119_155900Serve in big bowls with some nice crusty bread – bliss. Because it had been cooked for so long, the gorgeous spices will have infused and the vegetables are nice and soft without being mushy. This is such a nice dish, you could even serve it with roast potatoes as a main. It’s also vegan and so very healthy!

Enjoy, Love Mrs Gardom

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