Hello every one this time of year. Starting to get warm and sunny. Every one wishes for light and healthy meals .
Simple and easy.
These are a mixture of cheats. Tips and tricks .
Thought I would share one of my favourites.
Anyone wishes to have a try. Adapt to your own needs please do. Very happy to do so.
It is knowing what to do. With some of these ingredients.
We all see them in the stores. Freezer section.
I buy Frozen Peas, Broad Beans and Green Beans, Spinach.
Have those stashed in your freezer and a range of products to make sauces. Becomes simple to do.
Like this one last night.
CHICKEN OR TURKEY WITH PANCETTA, PEAS AND PENNE.
You will need the following.
Supermarkets packs of Chicken or Turkey Breast diced. No knifes , no chopping.
One jar of Pasta Sauce buy the ones you can afford. Expensive does not have to be. First cheat. I buy the Italian brands on offer but buy supermarket own brand do this.
Add some Italian Seasonings. Oregano, Parsley, Basil own supermarket dried herbs.
Even fresh Basil if you wish or Parsley does not have to be dried.
Buy a jar of Chillies diced or lazy as they call it. Add that.
Other things you can add to a jar of Pasta sauce are Olives drained or Porcini dried. In a tub.
Second cheat going to blitz this up any way. Blender of Food processor. Add touch of water. You could add stock cube .
Makes a jar of Pasta sauce go further. You never drown your Pasta just coat it.
From the chiller Cubed Lardons small cubes of Bacon. Pancetta . Smoked ones. Great one for instant meals.
Peas or Broad Beans from the freezer going to defrost in the Pasta water along with the Pasta.
You need Penne Pasta use whole meal or grain varieties nothing wrong in supermarket own brands.
You could use Fusilli as well or Rigatoni.
I used Parmesan cheese but could you Pecorino or even Goats cheese or Mozzarella .
Cheese is used as a seasoning like Salt and Pepper so if the dish is evenly balanced out cuts through any acidity.
Pan of water boiling use kettle or use a large Pan plenty of water . Careful here hot water. Use oven mittens or tea towel. For kettle. Easier grip.
Bring to a boil add a handful of Salt. Pasta a handful per person.
Time usually around ten minutes on packet I go for nine because finish in the sauce the Pasta. Add frozen vegetables a handful per person either Peas or Broad Beans another alternative.
Sauté Pan add in Lardons, (Pancetta) no oil fat in Lardons helps. Medium heat. Colour remove to a plate.
Add Chicken Diced or Turkey colour. Season. Medium heat your in control . Too high turn down.
Add back Lardons (Pancetta) .
Add from blender a portion of sauce just a enough. To cover meat. You could use a bowl to pour out sauce. From blender. Then ladle out to your requirements.
Drain Pasta from Pan using a slotted spoon or use Pasta Pan with strainer.
Bought one of these easier for me as with my hands. Use Oven Mittens. Shake and strain into sauce.
Mix into Chicken or Turkey with Vegetables and Pancetta. Pasta should be coated.
Quick tip always put a ladle of Pasta Water in to your Sauce. Has Starch from the Pasta thickens the Sauce.
Simmer a few minutes add Cheese of your choice.
Turn of heat
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