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What you need:

2 tbsp olive oil
500g lean minced beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
400g can chopped tomatoes
450g  jar or carton tomato passata
good pinch of dried oregano, or to taste
400g spaghetti
grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

What you do:

Heat a wok or large, deep frying pan with the olive oil. Crumble the beef into the pan and stir-fry over a high heat for 2 minutes to break up the meat and brown it.
Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Stir over a medium heat for 1 minute, then add the chopped tomatoes and the passata. Stir well, then add the oregano and seasoning. Cook over a medium heat so that the sauce boils gently, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until thick.
While the sauce is cooking, cook the spaghetti in a pan of salted boiling water for 10 minutes, or according to the pack instructions, until tender with a bite at the centre. Drain and turn into a warmed serving bowl.
Give the sauce one last stir, then pour over the hot pasta.

Toss gently and serve immediately with a little  grated Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

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What you need:

300 g bunches English spinach x 2  or 250 g frozen spinach ( thawed)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion  ( diced)
3 garlic cloves crushed
1 lb /500 g chicken mince
6 oz /200 g fresh ricotta cheese
2 oz / 60g butter
1 1/2 oz / 30 g plain flour
450ml milk
dried cannelloni tubes
475 ml of thick Italian tomato pasta sauce

3 oz / 85 g  grated cheese

What to do:

Remove spinach leaves from stalks and wash well.

Place into a large oven proof  bowl & cover with boiling water. Leave  to stand for 1 minute then drain.

Roughly chop the spinach. (If using frozen spinach, allow to thaw). Squeeze spinach between hands to remove excess water then return the spinach to bowl.

In a large  frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat.

Add the onion and garlic then cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.

Add chicken mince. Cook for around 5 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to break mince up.

Set aside to cool.

Add the ricotta cheese , mince mixture, and salt and pepper to spinach. Mix well.

In a  saucepan melt the  butter over medium-high heat. Add  the flour. Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.

Slowly add the milk, stirring until mixture is smooth. Return to heat. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until mixture comes to the boil.

Fill each of  the cannelloni shells with the spinach/ chicken mixture and place in  the oven proof dish.

Pour the pasta sauce evenly over cannelloni. Top with white sauce.

Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top.

Bake  uncovered for around 30 to 35 minutes or until pasta is tender and top is golden.

Serve hot.

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