Thursday, 26 July 2012

Week 42- Penne Pasta With Rocket

Lunch/Supper in under 15 mins



Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen. Once again, a quick and easy meal to prepare when you are too busy to cook. If you cannot get Rocket use spinach leaves or lettuce. This recipe is quick because there is no sauce to prepare.


500g Penne Pasta (fresh if possible if not dried)

3 tablespoons olive oil

60g Fresh Rocket or Spinach leaves (a pack of young spinach leaves)

Grated cheese (Parmesan or strong Cheddar)

Salt to taste


Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add penne pasta and boil for about 3 to 4 minutes if fresh or about 10 minutes if dried. Do not allow to stick. Drain immediately.Return pasta to saucepan. Stir in the olive oil.

Wilt the rocket or spinach leaves. Add to the pasta.

Serve in bowls with grated cheese.


Monday, 9 July 2012

Week 41- Fresh Pasta



LUNCH/SUPPER under 15 minutes


Hi and welcome to our Vegetarian Kitchen and this week we are continuing with lunch/supper dishes in under 15 mins. We all have days when we are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen or maybe want a quick meal before we go out in the evening. Fresh pasta is ideal on these occasions with a cooking time of only 3 to 5 minutes. Most supermarkets will sell fresh pasta in their chilled foods compartments and once home store it in the fridge. It will last 2 or 3 weeks if unopened. Here are our suggestions for a quick meal.


500g pack of fresh pasta (try penne or taglietelle) (serves 4 to 6 people)

Fresh Herbs

Grated Cheese (Parmesan or Mature Cheddar). Do not use Mozarella as it will become elastic.

Cherry Tomatoes

Jar Pesto

Fresh cooked Peas (1 cup)

Fresh cooked Broad Beans (1 mug)

Olive Oil to drizzle over


Bring a large saucepan of boiling water to the boil, add pasta and cook for 3 to 5 mins. Drain in a colander. Return pasta to the saucepan. Add one or two of the above ingredients. eg Fresh basil leaves and cherry tomatoes: or a tablespoon of pesto with broad beans or peas.

Drizzle olive oil over pasta then serve immediately and add grated cheese.

NOTE Fresh broad beans and peas are in the shops now!