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The Ultimate Lasagne with Extra Mature Cheddar Sauce

The Ultimate Lasagne with Extra Mature Cheddar Sauce Delicious – what more can I say! Serves 6 Prep time: 45 minutes Cooking time:  50-60 minutes Ingredients For the tomato sauce 2 tbsp olive oil 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 garlic clove, peeled & crushed Pinch of caster sugar 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped 1 bay leaf Sea …

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Bolognese Sauce…the Italian way!

 Here are a few helpful tips when  cooking bolognese that will make this a “truly tasty Italian meal”     1. This is slow food. Do not skip, or rush through the ingredients or the process.            2. Allow your sauce to cook very gently for several hours to deepen the flavors.       3. Use bacon,  because it truly enhances the flavor    4. Use the combo of ground meats. I  use …

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Penne Amatriciana

Penne Amatriciana A simple but classic pasta dish with a rich tomato sauce and a good chilli kick! Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes Ingredients A splash of olive oil 250g pancetta or smoked bacon, thickly sliced 1 ½ red onions, finely chopped 2 fresh red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped 1 (2 if you like …

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The Ultimate Spaghetti Bolognese

The Ultimate Spaghetti Bolognese A delicious rich and slowly simmered sauce, which tastes even better the next day – if you can wait that long! Serves 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours 15 minutes Ingredients 2tbsp olive oil 100g pancetta, chopped into lardons 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 carrot, peeled & grated 600g lean …

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“No-Boil” Everyday Lasagna

Lasagna made easy…easier! The part of lasagna making that everyone seems  to like the least is boiling the noodles separately. You can skip that step with this tip!Just add a little  water around the edge of the lasagna, maybe ¼-½ C. This uses the regular lasagna noodles, not the no-boil kind. Then cover it tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour. …

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Everyday Lasagna

Everyone loves Lasagna but it always seems like a big production, but if you break itdown into 3 steps it’s really quite easy. If you have a favorite recipe and by all means  please tweak this one to your liking. I find these  proportions to be just the right consistency.  The steps are easy and if you have a small  family, you’ll be lucky with the …

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The Best Lasagne with Mature Cheddar & Gruyere Cheese Sauce

The Best Lasagne with Mature Cheddar & Gruyere Cheese Sauce The ultimate homemade lasagne! Serves 6 Prep time: 45 minutes Cooking time:  50-60 minutes Ingredients For the tomato sauce 2 tbsp olive oil 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 garlic clove, peeled & crushed Pinch of caster sugar 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only, chopped 1 bay leaf Sea …

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Cannelloni with Beef, Spinach & Ricotta

Cannelloni with Beef, Spinach & Ricotta This has to be the best Cannelloni that I have ever tasted – absolutely delicious you have to give it a try! Serves 4 Prep time:  15 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients 18-20 pasta sheets (approx 13cm x 10cm/5in x 4in) 5 shallots, finely chopped 1 clove of garlic finely chopped 2 tbsp …

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Forbidden Rice Risotto

comfort food.  that’s what cold weather is all about… but with a HEALTHY TWIST let’s just say that this is NOT your typical “risotto”. i would call it “risotto-like”…but it definitely fits the comfort-food category all the deep rich flavors from the slow cooking and reducing are there, but the black rice has a different texture…almost “al dente-like” to regular rice.  it maintains …

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Spicy Sausage Marinara (low carb Pasta)

i’ll bet most home cooks have their own version of an Italian Marinara Sauce in their back pocket. OR…know someone with the best red sauce recipe…OR you have your in-laws’ Italian Grandma’s hand written “gravy” recipe framed on the kitchen wall..well, i do know someone, but i usually just wait for her to have a big family dinner and hope …

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