TVC Eats: My Favourite Pasta Dishes

I live for pasta. That is no secret. If there is one dish I can eat every day, for every meal, for the rest of my life, it's pasta. 

So I thought (since who isn't always craving carbs these days) I would show you a few of my favourite pasta recipes. 

The first one I love making is my veggie linguine - it's the most simple of them all! It's a Martha Stewart recipe I found online (link here for the curious). It's perfect for a quick dinner and no fuss! 

I love it on days when I just can't be bothered prepping meat. I'm not a big meat eater (with my diet solely on chicken and fish and no red meat ever) but I do indulge in a little bacon from time to time.

Which brings me on to my next recipe... 

I love this chicken pesto pasta with bacon. It's a Marry Berry recipe that I added some chicken too. (Here's the link) It cooks surprisingly quickly and it's a great dish to go from pan to table in less than 30 mins. This is a great one for summer garden parties when you can just place the pan on the table and let people dig in at leisure.

They do say that you save the best for last, and this really is my favourite meal ever. It's my garlic and lemon chicken pasta with homemade garlic bread. 

This one is a winner if you are a massive garlic fan like myself. It's as simple as cooking your spaghetti in salted water until fully cooked (I hate al-dente pasta as I have really sensitive teeth and the feeling drives me insane) and cooking your chicken in a pan with some olive oil, rosemary, salt & pepper, basil & oregano. (About half a teaspoon of each - I don't do measurements!) and cooking until it is fully white all the way through. Then I add a cup (or a mug) full of boiling water and a full juice from a lemon to the pan and let it reduce into a sauce while I add my cooked pasta to the pan. 

When you add the pasta to the water in the pan with the chicken, the starch from the pasta combines with the water to create a sauce which it really delicious. Let it simmer all the way down until it has thickened and there is no running water and you are good to go.

I like to add some vine cherry tomatoes to the pan while it is cooking as I love the taste and a sprig of fresh basil as it is my favourite taste in the world. 

While you are doing that, here is a foolproof cheats way to 'homemade' garlic bread that will make you fell like Nigella Lawson...because who has the time to make a ciabatta these days?! 

'Homemade' Garlic Bread

  • Cut a fresh ciabatta in half lengthways
  • Melt some butter in the microwave (or over a stove) till fully melted
  • Add some crushed garlic,  dried oregano, basil and some seasoning to the butter and mix
  • Place ciabatta cut side down under a hot grill for a few minutes to crisp up
  • Remove from the grill and using a pastry brush, saturate the cut side of the bread in the butter mix.
  • Grill to preference

As I said before I love cooking and I love pasta. If you liked this element to my blog then please, let me know and I will write up some more. I would love to share these with you and I hope that you would share some of your go-to recipies with me too.


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