Remember when I told you I was taking part in the #RespectThePasta challenge with Ask Italian? Well this is the 2nd challenge… to create a pasta dish and share the recipe with you! I was tempted to try a lasagne, but in the past have royally messed it up and decided to leave facing my pasta nemesis for a later date and focus on something that a) will be tasty and b) won’t set the fire alarms off! I was given a set rules to follow:
-Use LOTS of boiling, well-salted water
-Cook for two minutes less than the packet instructions and finish cooking in the sauce with a spoonful of cooking water
-Enjoy immediately in small portions in warm bowls or plates – “pasta waits for no man”
-Tip pasta into a colander to drain it – use tongs or a slotted spoon to take pasta out of the water
-Test ‘done-ness’ by throwing pasta onto the walls
-Use too much sauce – coat the pasta, don’t drown it
As part of my future quest to start meal planning I wanted to whittle down the contents of the cupboard, so this is a bit of a mishmash of things created using the ‘fling it all together and see what happens’ method, one of my faves!
You need: Beef Sausages, mixed mexican beans, passata, and Tripoline pasta. Oh, and CHEESE!
Method: Pre cook your sausages, then add them to a large pot of passata, a tin of mixed Mexican beans and any herbs you fancy flinging in. I used basil & olive oil flavoured passata because it happened to be in the cupboard, but you could add these things separately, or spice it up with some chilli oil! Anyway, I digress, simmer on a low heat whilst you boil your pasta. I used Tripoline because it is wavy and fun to eat, added it to boiled water with liberal amounts of salt, and cooked for 2 minutes less than the packet tells you too (10 minutes in my case!) following the rules above!
Plate up, sprinkle with cheese and add a warm ciabatta to mop up the sauce… ta dah!
What’s your favourite pasta dish to make?