Butternut Squash with Gnocchi

Pasta with more starchy goodness? Plus cheese? May I have seconds…?

Round the blogosphere, I’ve declared my love of pasta, in all its shapes and sizes, sauces and preparations. It’s that highschool crush you never got over, that novelty jumper you lovingly wear come wintertime, those warm fuzzies you get when you meet up with your bestie. Pasta gives me all the feels. In a good way. Course.

Winter time pasta offers winter veg combos which give me energy and keep the sweet tooth (mostly) at bay. Today’s concoction was a spin on the classic flavours of fresh pasta pumpkin filled. Chef Angela Hartnett goes through the process step by step in this video. Watch her hands carefully as she shapes the pasta. Italian nonne would be proud.

As for today’s lunch, here’s what I did. Taking a rough quarter of a roasted butternut squash, I warmed it though on a pan. It had enough oil from the roasting but add a little oil or butter if needs be. When the squash is a few minutes away from being toasty, I emptied a half full kettle of hot water into a pot, brought it up to the boil, then added the gnocchi, about 200g (big portions here, thank you very much). When the squash is ready, I turn off the heat, seasoned, added nutmeg, followed by several heaped teaspoons of crème fraîche. Using a slotted spoon, I transferred the gnocchi directly from pot to pan, using a little of the liquid to loosen the crème fraîche and squash mixture. Served with fistful of parmesan, in my new favourite bowl and eaten in pyjamas.

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xo

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Quick Tuna and Tomato Pasta

I really didn’t want to do anything except look after myself today. So I did just that. And it felt good. 🙂

Part of self-care for me is looking after what I eat. Good food gets me through the day the way coffee powers people through mornings. Good food will make a crappy day better, a bad mood lighter, a crampy Emma nicer!

Part of looking after numero uno was not doing loads. Instead of going to the shops again, I just made do with what I had left in the cupboard and fridge. A quick pasta that takes 15 minutes, 2 tins, half a bag of pasta and a couple teaspoons of dried herbs and I’m smiling in no time.

 

Quick Tuna and Tomato Pasta

1 tin of tuna in oil (olive oil, if you can get it)

500g tinned plum tomatoes

250g short dried pasta

1 level teaspoon each of thyme, oregano and parsley

salt and pepper to taste

 

Add the tuna and the oil to a pan, heat it through, then add the tomatoes and herbs. Let the sauce bubble away on a medium heat while the pasta is cooking.

Boil some water for the pasta, add some salt, and cook according to packet instructions. Drain but keep some of the liquid for the sauce.

If the sauce is a little on the thick side, add some of the pasta liquid. Then add the pasta and mix through.

Serve in big bowls with loads of black pepper, and goes well with wolly jumpers and slippers.

xo

 

Stelline in brodo, with courgette and corn

Buongiorno!

It’s September already and I’ve neglected this lovely blog. Life’s swept me away again with all those responsibilities. Che serà, serà!

Quick meals have helped me navigate life’s choppy waters. I’ve gone back to some very familiar flavours and comforting kiddie-style recipes. None of that fancy, specially selected nonsense, just good, old, reliable recipes that satisfy in an instant. The only thing that’d improve a comfy dinner like that would be a hug from a teddy bear, but I digress…

I made stelline in brodo again, recipe from an earlier blog post here, but this time with grated courgette and corn, to give it some added flavour and colour, topped it all with grated cheese and lots of black pepper. Just what I needed.

Xo

Pasta bake – Italian Style – take 1

It was a decent first attempt with what I had left in the fridge and cupboard. I made it in a bit of a Sunday evening whirlwind, you know the kind when it’s almost a case of racing to get to bed on time before the week starts.

While I treat these bakes as a labour of love, this time I was just hungry, but cleverly preparing for a few days at the same time. It did taste a bit rushed, but then you eat and you learn.

Pasta bake 1

This consists of a tomato sauce, made with garlic, carrot and celery, with minced beef, with layers of spaghetti, a cheese sauce made with Grana, and some peas for good measure (because I wanted to see them as I cut through. It’s the little things 🙂 )

It doesn’t have the structure of the timpano, nor the time that would go into such a pasta bake, but it did hit the spot and fill empty bellies. No doubt I’ll be back to improve on this, and take inspiration from my earlier post. I’m still satisfied it was good enough.

Xo

Glorious start to the day

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “This Is Your Song.”

walkin’ down the street

here she comes

Patti Smith – Gloria

Feeling energetic so I walked into work this morning. Sun shining, no rain and a journey downhill. Had somebody given me a coffee and pastry on route, marathon style, I would’ve been floating on air.

I’d realised I’d left the blog to one side as I was focusing on the day-to-day, and ended up adrift in a sea of photocopies…

Back to where I need to be. I’ve an update pending on that pasta bake as well as photos to post. Keep your eyes peeled. Back soon.

xo

Photo feature – Pasta for lunch

Work has been busy and only a lunch can motivate me in the morning madness. So I made this pasta: smoked ham and provolone cheese filled pasta and cherry tomato salad with fresh basil and parsley. Fancy pants lunch in a box. Winning!

pasta for lunch

xo