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Italian style winter casserole

Flavourful sauce, plenty of veg and yummy meat balls – something for everyone! Can be prepared in advance and then finished in the oven.

Serves 2 adults and 2 toddlers


Olive oil

Half a large onion (finely chopped)

60g Diced chorizo

100ml red wine

1 yellow pepper (diced)

Half an aubergine (diced)

2 x 400g chopped tomatoes

Ground black pepper

12  meat balls (cooked or raw)

120g grated cheese


1)Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft.

2)Add chorizo, and cook for a couple of minutes.

3)Pour in red wine and raise the temperature until the wine boils rapidly. Boil until reduced in volume by half.

4)Reduce the heat and stir in both tins of chopped tomatos, then season with a little pepper. Bring to the boil. Simmer on a low heat until the sauce is thick and not too liquid (approximately 30 min).

5)Meanwhile, if you bought raw meat balls fry these in a little oil over a medium heat until cooked through. If not proceed to step 6.

6)Pour the sauce into a casserole dish and dot with the meat balls. Using a spoon, push them down so the sauce covers them. Then top with the cheese.

7)Place in a pre-heated oven (190 degrees Celsius) for 30 min or until the cheese is golden and the sauce is bubbling.

8)Serve with pasta and salad.


Easy-Peasy (not really) Carbonara

This lovely, creamy, scrumptious Carbonara is the ultimate comfort food. If you’re making this for pregnant ladies, or the under 1s remember to cook the eggs thoroughly when you add them. Otherwise, you can leave them rich and unctuous.

Serves 2 adults


180g pasta

4 rashers of bacon snipped into bits

2 eggs

100g grated cheese

4 tblsps olive oil



1) Cook the pasta as per packet instructions. Whilst the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon until browned and crispy, then drain on kitchen paper.

2)Lightly beat the eggs with the olive oil and a pinch of pepper. Stir in the grated cheese.

3)Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir in the bacon.

4)Pour the egg mixture over the pasta, and cook stirring over a low heat until rich and creamy. Serve with a crispy salad.

Super fast one pan gnocchi

There are two great things about this meal: it tastes amazing, and it takes only 10 mins to prepare! Brilliant for getting everyone fed when you’re short of time.


Makes enough for 2 adults and 2 toddlers



1tblsp olive oil

200g bacon, snipped into bits

500g ready-made fresh gnocchi

350g tomato based pasta sauce

30g grated cheddar (any sort)



1)Heat the oil in a large, heavy based frying pan, then add the bacon and fry for 2 minutes

2)Add the gnocchi and fry at a fairly high heat until golden (about 3-4min)

3) Reduce to a low heat. Stir in the pasta sauce and grated cheese and heat until the cheese is melting.

4) Serve with plenty of salad and cherry tomatos