Pasta with prawns and feta

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Once upon a time I took this from a Jamie Oliver recipe leaflet that came in an Irish Sunday newspaper supplement.  I’m sure it’s not 100% correct now but this is the version we’ve ended up with over the years.

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Pasta shells with and broccoli, pine nuts and chilli

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Here’s another great pasta and broccoli dish.  A simple traditional Italian recipe that is light on your pocket but big on taste.

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Pasta shells with ricotta and spinach

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This is a useful veggie dish if you’re having a crowd around and need to prepare in advance.  You can keep this in the fridge once it’s prepared and do the final cooking step in the oven at your leisure.

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Macaroni cheese

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There’s nothing quite as indulgent as a good macaroni cheese.  It’s a super winter treat and all the family love it.

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Spaghetti Puttanesca

There’s a little ‘greasy spoon’ near The Claremont Road Kitchen, which reinvented itself a while back into a fantastic pizza and pasta house.  We love the food at ‘Chez’s Trattoria’.  A few weeks ago I had this brilliant spaghetti puttanesca dish there and tried to replicate it when I got home.  It’s a bit salty for Molly yet but I think we’ll have her eating olives and anchovies in no time. Don’t be fooled by how simple it is.  It’s a real treat.

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Minestrone Soup

A great winter warmer.  Use whatever vegetables you have – it’s a bit of a veggie jamboree but really good when you’re cold and just in from an outdoor adventure.

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Spaghetti carbonara

This is a super quick dinner which you can throw together in less than 15 minutes.  Better yet, it tastes like something you’d eat at a good Italian restaurant.  Bad news for very little ones or pregnant ladies – probably best for you to avoid this because of the raw egg that’s stirred in at the end. Continue reading