Saturday, 24 September 2011

Jool's pregnant pasta


Jamie Oliver is one of my favourite chefs, and in his latest cook book Jamie's 30-minute meals (approx RRP $45.00) has some great easy recipes. They are supposed to be quick, but depending on how fast you work and the amount of people you are serving time can vary.

 For an online version of the recipe visit

 You will need a food processor for this recipe.

4 spring onions
1 carrot (peeled)
1 stick of celery/pieces
1–2 fresh red chillies
1 x 6-pack of good-quality sausages (approx. 400g)
1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried oregano
500g dried penne (or any pasta of your liking)
4 peeled cloves of garlic
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

To start off put a large saucepan of water on the stove and bring to boil. On another stove top put a large frying pan on high heat. 

1. Chop up the spring onions, carrot and celery into 3cm pieces and put in the food processor. Add the chilli/es with stalk removed and blitz. (Mine didn't have celery because the local Woolworths had no celery pieces in stock)

2. Add the sausages, fennel seeds and oregano to the processor and continue to blitz until mixed well.

3. Drizzle some olive oil in the hot fry pan and add the sausage mixture. Breaking it up and stirring as you go.

4. While cooking the meat, the water for the pasta should be boiled. Season the water with a bit of salt and add the pasta and cook to cooking instructors. Stirring every few moments to avoid the pasta sticking.

5. Once the meat has been broken up and cooked, crush 4 peeled cloves of garlic into the mixtute.

6. Add 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and the tinned tomatoes and stir through.

7. Check to see the pasta is ready.Drain the pasta and pour it back to the saucepan (and don't put it back on the heat).

8. Add the cooked meat mixture into the pasta and stir through.

9. The pasta is now done and ready to serve
For a side I made a basic salad composed of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, mixed salad mix and can of sweet corn kernels.

Dinner is served!

Good food, good times!


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