Butternut Squash Raviloi with Crispy Sage and Brown Garlic Butter

I went back to work in September, and coincidentally I haven’t blogged since. Time to restart I think, and what better than a delicious recipe I’ve never made before eh?! I adore this ravioli and will always order it if it’s on a menu somewhere. We gave Fuz’s sister and her boyfriend a pasta machine for Christmas and it inspired us to dust ours off and use it for the first time in yeeeeeears. The pasta itself is a cinch to make. The rolling takes a little time (Fuz makes an awesome commis chef :)) but if you fancy a lazy afternoon in the kitchen, this is a lovely recipe to make. Don’t be put off by the different stages, none of it is hard. Stick some tunes on and get stuck in šŸ™‚

For enough ravioli for 2-3 people you need
Ravioli Dough
3 eggs
300g pasta (type 00) flour
1 tsp salt

Butternut Squash Filling
1 butternut squash cut into 1cm cubes
2 red onions sliced
2-3 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Sauce
7-8 sage leaves
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbsp butter

Parmesan cheese to serve.

Begin by making the pasta dough. Blitz the ingredients in a food processor till a dough forms. Knead on a floured surface for 10 mins until it goes all smooth and elastic. Cover with cling film and leave to rest for 30 mins.

Meanwhile roast the squash. Toss the suqash cubes in the oil and seasoning and roast in a 180 degree oven for 25 mins. Add the sliced onion and roast for a further 10 mins until the onions are soft and the squash is nicely coloured and soft. Puree to a rough consistency and leave to one side to cool.

Once the pasta dough has rested, cut it into three sections and roll through a pasta machine until it’s on the thinnest setting. Leave to rest for a few mins once rolled and then assemble the ravioli. Place a scant tsp on a piece of dough, wet the edges and then place more pasta on top and stamp out a shape (there are numerous ways to do this, we had a ravioli stamp we used but cookie cutters will work equally well). The trick is to ensure no filling oozes out and the sides are completely sealed to keep the filling in once it’s cooked.

Leave the ravioli to rest on a floured surface for a few mins.

When you’re ready to cook, heat a pan of boiling water and cook the ravioli in batches for 3-4 mins until the pasta is al dente. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and butter in a pan with the garlic. When the butter foams, add the sage leaves and cook for 3-4 mins over a low heat until the butter browns and the garlic and sage crisp.

Drain the pasta and serve with the sauce spooned over and some cheese grated on top. Utterly delicious and you did it all yourself!

Bruschetta with Pesto, Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Poor ickle blog. No posts for ages. Bad Becka. But here is a quick, easy and tasty end of work feed me now recipe to get me back into the blogging groove again…

For 2 people you need:
1 garlic ciabatta
1 tub fresh green pesto
1 packĀ mozzarella
1 cup baby plum tomatoes, cut in to quarters
1 red onion, finely diced
handful fresh basil leaves

Bake the ciabatta in the oven according to the instructions. Meanwhile mix the onions with the tomatoes and 2/3 of the pesto. Once the bread is cooked, place the pesto onion and tomato mix on the bread, top with the cheese and basil leaves. Drizzle over the remaining pesto and season with black pepper. Eat with your fingers and sigh with pleasure…

Mr Strone Soup (v)

You can basically use whatever you want for this. I had carrots and cabbage to use up, so used up they were…

For 4-6 portions you need:
1 onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
6 new potatoes, cut into bite sized chunks
75g wholewheat spaghetti, broken into small lengths
1 can black eyed beans, drained and rinsed
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tsp vegan stock powder
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp vegan red pesto (I had this to use up but you don’t need to add it)
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
1/2 savoy cabbage, finely shredded

Fry the onion in the oil. Add the carrots and potatoes after about 3 mins and cover with a lid. After 10 mins add the garlic and continue to cook for 2-3 mins more (keep stirring frequently to avoid it sticking). Add everything else along with 3 can fulls of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 mins until everything is tender. Serve with fresh bread and some freshly chopped basil and oregano on the top.

Piedmont Peppers (v)

It’s been hot today. 32 degrees of hotness in Bradford. Unheard of! And it’s still uncomfortably close now. So what you need on a day like today is proper food from the Med. And these are to *die* for. OMG they are good. I love this recipe, but the original from St DeliaĀ contains anchovies and is therefore decidedly un-vegan friendly. My version substitutes olive tapenade, vegan pesto and salted capers, and by golly it works. Nom. Nom. Nom.Nothing beats the taste of the Med, with a glass of red vino to hand and a sunset to warm your soul. Serve with mountains of crusty bread and perhaps a rocket salad to cut through the richness of the peppersĀ themselves.
For 2-3 people (depending on greed) you need:
3 peppers, cut in half with the stalks left on but de-seeded
2-3 baby plum tomatoes per pepper half, cut in to halves
2 tbsp salted capers, rinsed
1/2 jar black olive tapenade
6 dessert spoonfuls Ā of vegan red pesto
2-3 large cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
freshly ground black pepper
2-3 tbsp good quality olive oil
Good quality bread to eat with them
Place the pepper halves on a shallow roasting tin. Fill the hollows with tapenade, then pesto, then garlic, then tomatoes and finally scatter over the capers. Season with pepper (no salt!!) and drizzle over the oil. Roast in a hot oven for 30-45 mins till soft and slightly charred. Scoff. Best served at room temperature.

Garlicky Aubergines and Tomatoes with Pesto (v)

I had an aubergine to use up, and vaguely remember Rick Stein starting a recipe off by sauteeing aubergine in olive oil till soft and then adding garlic so this is a variation on that theme. I served it with cous cous cos time was of the essence but it would have equally have been nice with bread, pasta or bulghar wheat.

For 2 portions you need:
1 aubergine, chopped into small dice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp pesto
1 tin chopped tomatoes
pinch salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/3 cup cous cous
1/4 tsp vegan stock powder
2/3 cup boiling water

Begin by frying the aubergine in the oil. Season (the salt will help to draw out the juices and speed up the cooking process). Once the aubergine is soft and golden (about 10 mins) add the garlic and cook for a further 2-3 mins, taking care not to burn the garlic. Add the pesto, tomatoes, sugar and vinegar. Cook for a further 5 mins or so till slightly thickened. Meanwhile place the cous cous and stock in a bowl and cover with the boiling water.

Feta, Spinach, Olive and Tomato Muffins

This recipe is courtesy of @Goze01 who shared a pic of some amazing looking muffins on instagr.am and then sent me the recipe. I have tweaked it according to what I had available. And now I can’t stop eating them. Lush indeed.

For 12 muffins and a loaf tin of mix you need:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
360g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp hot chilli powder pepper
125g grated cheddar cheese
220ml milk
1 egg
130g baby spinach leaves
1/2 tub semi dried tomatoes in olive oil
1 small tub chilli olives, cut into quarters
1 packet feta, crumbled into chunks.

Fry the onion in the oil till done. Meanwhile put everything else in a bowl. Add the onions and mix well.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases/loaf tin. Bake in medium (170 degree) oven for 30-35 minutes. Leave the muffins to cool slightly before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely. I topped the loaf tin with some quartered tomatoes that needed to be used up. A meal in a muffin!

Mushroom and Tomato Baked Gnocchi

This is a simple and quick after work feast.

For 2-3 people you need:
1 packet gnocchi
1 tub 4 cheese sauce
1 punnet mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 medium tomato, cut into 6ths
Handful each of grated cheddar, emmental and parmesan
1 tbsp olive oil

Saute the mushrooms in the oil for 10-15 mins till dark and all the juices have run out and concentrated. Cook the gnocchi till they rise. Drain the gnocchi and mix in the sauce. Lay the mushrooms in the bottom of a baking dish and then tip over the cheesy gnocchi. Top with the tomato and cheeses and bake in a hot oven for 15-20 mins till golden and bubbly.

Cauliflower and Broccoli Risotto

This is a variation on the usual risotto bianco.

For 4-6 portions you need:
For 4-6 portions you need:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
50g butter
2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for the squash
250g risotto rice
1 litre veggie stock
125ml white wine
salt and pepper
100g Parmesan, grated
1/2 head cauliflower
1 small head broccoli

Fry the onion in the oil and butter till soft and translucent. Add the garlic and rice and cook for a further 2-3 mins till the rice is lightly toasted. Add the wine and bubble off. Add the broccoli stalk (finely chopped) and then add the stock a ladle at a time till all absorbed and the rice is plumed up and delicious. About 10 ins before the end add the cauli and broccoli florets. Season and stir through a touch more butter. Serve with parmesan.

Risotto Bianco

This is the base to many a delicious risotto.

For 4-6 portions you need:
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
50g butter
2 tbsp olive oil plus extra for the squash
250g risotto rice
1 litre veggie stock
125ml white wine
salt and pepper
100g Parmesan, grated

Fry the onion in the oil and butter till soft and translucent. Add the garlic and rice and cook for a further 2-3 mins till the rice is lightly toasted. Add the wine and bubble off. Then add the stock a ladle at a time till all absorbed and the rice is plumed up and delicious. Season and stir through a touch more butter. Serve with parmesan.

Sicilian Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil and Olives (v)

OK so this isn’t strictly Sicilian pasta I am sure. But I saw Rick Stein make something like this on his Mediterranean adventure programme a few days ago and thought I like the look of that. The experiment worked and this was totally lush.

For 2 hungry people you need:
200g long pasta
handful fresh tomatoes
handful olives, sliced
pinch chilli flakes
salt and pepper
handful shredded basil leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed

Begin by cooking the pasta. Meanwhile heat the oil in a saute pan and add the garlic. Stir to flavour the oil but don’t colour the garlic. Strictly speaking you’re supposed to remove the garlic now but frankly that’s a heinous crime so keep it in and enjoy it in the sauce. Chop the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds, discard the seeds. Roughly chop the tomato flesh and add to the hot pan. Season and stir well to cook down the tomatoes. Add the olives and chilli flakes. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce pan. Coat well, mixing in the basil leaves. Serve, scoff, smile šŸ™‚