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I don’t know about you but pasta seems to be a dinner winner in our house on most nights with the kids. With this in mind we decided to put a collection of our favourite family pasta recipes together below. The only thing that tends to get a bit boring at times is the fact that we have the same dinners over and over. I guess for me it is more painful to hear my kids whinge about their dinner than it is to have the same thing.
Sometimes just to mix it up a bit I like to add something to the mix to try and keep it interesting. This is mostly for my own sanity haha. One thing we have found is a favourite in our household is garlic bread. It tends to go well with pasta dishes and makes it feel a little more interesting and fancy. We recently had the chance to try out the La Famiglia garlic bread and I have to say it was super tasty.
If you are a fan of garlic bread then you have to give La Famiglia a go and I promise you won’t be disappointed. You can also check out their La Famiglia facebook page here. In fact we are giving one reader the chance to win a year supply of La Famiglia garlic bread just by commenting on the blog post below and telling us one way you take your family meals from simple to special?
Check out our family pasta recipes below …
1) Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 stick of chorizo, thinly sliced
400g of chicken breast strips
1 green capsicum, sliced into strips
5 mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 cup of cream
1 cup of white wine
2 teaspoons of cornflour
1 tablespoon of water
500g penne pasta
parmesan and cracked black pepper to taste
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken strips until they are golden brown.
3. Add the chorizo and cook for 3 minutes.
4. Then add in the sliced green capsicum and sliced mushrooms and fry for approx. 2 minutes.
5. Mix together the cream and white wine and add to the chicken mix. Stir in thoroughly.
6. Mix the cornflour and water together stirring slowly into the chicken – this will thicken the sauce. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
7. Toss the pasta through. Serve the pasta dish with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper on top to taste.
2) Hidden Vegetable Spaghetti Bolognaise
1 large finely grated carrot
1 large finely grated zucchini
6 large finely grated mushrooms
1 tin of tomoatoes
1 jar of pasta sauce
500 grams of mince
Finely grate all vegetables
Place mince in a frypan and brown
Add tin tomatoes and pasta sauce to the mince and stir
Add grated vegetables to the mince and stir
Cook on simmer for at least 20 mins
Boil pasta of choice
3) Mini Noodle Sweetcorn Omelette
Break up the noodles and place into a heatproof bowl with the peas. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 2 minutes, then drain well. Return to the bowl and add the contents of the noodle flavour sachet, corn and eggs. Spray a small non-stick frying pan lightly with oil. Heat the pan and spoon 2 tbs of the mixture into a small pile. Spread out to about 7cm in diameter. Cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 minutes each side. Repeat with remaining mixture to make 12 omelettes (you can cook 3-4 at a time). Serve with salad.
? 75g packet fat free chicken 2 minute noodles
? 1/2 cup frozen peas
? 125g can corn kernels, drained
? 4 eggs, lightly beaten
? spray olive oil
? salad, to serve
4) Atlantic Salmon and Mushroom Pesto Pasta
2 Fresh or Frozen Salmon Fillets (250-280 grams total)
One Jar of Pesto
Pasta (any kind)
Cut up mushrooms into small bite sized pieces
Cook Salmon in Fry Pan
Cook Mushrooms in Fry Pan
Cook Pasta in water on Stove
Once pasta is cooked mix cooked mushrooms and cut up chunks of salmon through the pasta
Mix 4-6 tablespoons of pesto through pasta
Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese
5) Macaroni Beef
500g elbow or macaroni pasta
500g good quality mince
1 tablespoon dried onion
2 teaspoons dried garlic powder
1.5 tablespoon of Tuscan seasoning
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 carrot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1 red capsicum, seeded and diced finely
400g tin of diced tomatoes
Cook pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
Add mince, carrot, zucchini and capsicum to a large frying pan and cook over medium heat. Add a little oil if needed.
Once mince has browned, add tomatoes, water, dried herbs and spices.
Break up mince and tomatoes with a spoon.
Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring often.
Stir through cooked pasta.
Recipe Originally from TRTLMT
6) Creamy Bacon and Spinach Penne Pasta
6 rashers of bacon, sliced into thin strips
1 can of evaporated milk (375ml)
1 brown onion, diced
5 mushrooms, sliced
bunch of spinach leaves
parmesan cheese, shaved
salt & pepper
400g penne pasta
Bring a pot of salted water to the boil and add your pasta.
Heat oil in a fry pan and add onion and cook until it is translucent.
Add in the bacon and cook through. Add in the mushrooms.
Stir in the evaporated milk and add the spinach leaves.
Leave it for 5 minutes to simmer away as it thickens. The spinach leaves will wilt in this time.
Once your pasta is cooked, drain and then add to the creamy bacon mix and stir through thoroughly.
When you are plating up, add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
7) Chicken and Vegetable Pasta
2 x Chicken Breasts
1 Small onion chopped
1 Carrot sliced
1/2 Jar Pasta Sauce
Cut up and brown the 2 chicken breasts.
Put pasta on to cook
Add the chopped onions and sliced carrots
Mix in half a jar of pasta sauce
Once pasta is cooked add the pasta and sauce together.
8) Tuna and Macaroni Pasta
Tin of Tuna
Tablespoon of Butter
Sprinkle of dried Parsley
Cook macaroni pasta
Add tin of tuna
Mix together and service
9) Pesto Pasta
Chopped Cherry Tomatoes
Cook Spiral Pasta
Drain and add pesto once cooked
Slightly sear cheery tomatoes, baby spinach and pine nuts in a frypan with some pesto
Add vegetables to the pasta and mix through
Season with Parmesan
10) Vegemite Pasta
Pasta of your choice
Add 2 tablespoons of butter to 1 tablespoon of Vegemite per serve
Mix together off the heat
Add fresh parmesan cheese on top
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