Penne Arrabiata

I never get tired of pasta dishes. So here’s another one.

Boil penne in salted water. Drain, cool and set aside once cooked. In the meantime, start preparing arrabiata sauce with the following:

  • Fresh parsley
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Red chilli
  • Olive oil
  • Tomatoes

Heat olive oil and add chopped parsley and garlic. After a few minutes add half a chopped onion. Add red chilli, salt and black pepper. Add liquidized tomato. Optional: add sliced green chilli. Let it cook for a short while, until saucy.

Mix together with penne.

Serve with parmesan and ground black pepper.


Impromptu Meal

What do you do with 3 uncooked chicken fillets and extra spaghetti from 2 separate packs? (This happens because I cook about 350g of pasta and eventually I have to use the spares). Well, you throw them together to get a filling meal!

This meal was an impromptu one – I just used whatever spices that I thought might make an interesting taste.

Spaghetti and Chicken

Spaghetti and Chicken

I braised onions and added some Portuguese Chicken spice, Smoked Paprika and Barbeque Spice along with some black pepper. Tossed in cubed chicken fillets and let it cook. Lastly I added some of Mavis’s corriander and chilli chutney.

I boiled the spaghetti and made some white sauce. Added everything together neatly and put in a pyrex dish. Coated with cheese and thyme and popped into the oven for about 20 minutes.

Salmon in Creamy Sauce

I decided to make salmon in creamy garlic sauce with fettucini  for supper last night. It is such a quick and easy recipe that will take about 20 minutes to get done. I love pasta and even more – white sauce based pasta.

Salmon in Creamy Sauce

Salmon in Creamy Sauce

What you need:

160g salmon
300g fettucini
Lots of black pepper

For the white sauce:


Boil pasta as you normally would. In the meantime, cut up the salmon into small squares and set aside. By this time, drain pasta and set aside.

Start making your white sauce –  I don’t know the exact quantity as I’ve been making it for years. If you find your sauce a little ‘lumpy’, make sure you use a whisk – problem solved. As sauce thickens, add salt to taste. I also added some white pepper as well as black pepper. Add garlic and throw in the pieces of salmon. Stir / whisk continuously for about 5 minutes.

Mix pasta and above sauce. Ready to eat.

This is where the ‘lots of black pepper’ comes in. Sprinkle and enjoy!

Saucy Steak + Pasta

The following dish is derived from throwing a few things together and very simple to make. No tomatoes needed for the gravy.

Saucy Steak and Pasta

Saucy Steak and Pasta

While shopping, I found a sauce in Woolworths called “Peppachita sauce” (their own brand). It is my new favourite sauce for pasta – I cannot explain how divine it is!

What you need:

Cubed steak
Steers Peri Peri Sauce
Peppachita sauce
Spices and salt to taste

Braise a little onion in oil and add your cubed steak. Add whatever spices you’d like. I used chilli powder, gharam masala and dhania + jeera powder. Add salt and pepper. Once its cooked, add Steers peri peri sauce and peppachita sauce. You will know how much to add judging from the amount of steak you used. Mix well.

Make pasta as you normally would.

Mix saucy steak into pasta. Ready to eat. Serve with salad.

I added some Peppachita sauce from the top and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tuna Pasta Salad

This is one of my favourites, and so easy to throw together.

Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad

What you need:

Cherry tomatoes
green pepper
Salad cream

Other options / ingredients include boiled egg, or different colour peppers.

As you know, I microwave my pasta. That is actually the longest part. Thereafter, set as you would like and ready to eat. Simple and perfect for lunch.

farfalloni with feta & mushrooms

I’ve been going to Woolworths Cafe for lunch quite often in the last few weeks because their dishes are simply divine. I’ve eaten the following dish there and with the help of a friend, determined what went into it.

I just had to make it myself.

What you will need:
250g mushrooms sliced
400g farfalloni pasta
fresh thyme
Danish feta
salt and black pepper to taste
olive oil
optional fresh cream

Microwave pasta, boiled water, salt and oil for 15 minutes

On stove:
Sauté onions on medium heat in frying pan
Add mushrooms (after giving it a rinse)
Add optional fresh cream
Add fresh chopped thyme once mushroom cooks
Add a little crumbled Danish feta and mix

Drain pasta and mix the above together.
Add more crumbled Danish feta to garnish

farfalloni feta and mushrooms

farfalloni feta and mushrooms