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Ham and pesto pasta

Serves 6

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Ingredients

1 packet (500g) pasta

2 tbsp olive oil

200 g ham pieces (from shoulder ham or similar)

110 g bag of slivered almonds and pine nuts

Pesto

Parmesan cheese

Sprig of fresh basil

Method

Put hot water in a large pot, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil

Add pasta to pot and cook for time stated on packet

Add olive oil to a medium non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add ham pieces to pan, cook gently

Add olive oil to a small non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to low heat

Add slivered almonds and pine nuts to pan, cook gently

Drain pasta in a colander

Put 2 tbsp pesto is a large bowl, swirl to spread

Add 1/2 the drained pasta to bowl, stir to mix with pesto

Add the rest of the drained pasta to bowl, put 1-2 tbsp pesto on top, stir to mix

Add ham and slivered almonds and pine nuts, stir gently to mix

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top, add a sprig of fresh basil

Easy Shepherd’s Pie

Serves 4

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Ingredients

2 large potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion

500 g extra lean beef mince

1 jar bottle (500 mL) Dolmio pasta sauce

250 g frozen mixed vegetables

4 tbsp grated tasty cheese

 

Method

Put hot water in a large pot, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil

Peel potatoes, cut into small pieces, add to pot and boil until well cooked

Add olive oil to a non-stick pan, coat surface, heat pan to medium heat

Peel and chop onion finely, fry until softened

Add mince to pan, cook, breaking up lumps

Put frozen vegetables in a 500 mL cup or bowl, fill with boiling water to thaw

When mince is cooked, add Dolmio sauce to pan, stir to mix

Drain vegetables, add to pan, stir to mix

Allow to simmer until potatoes are prepared

Preheat the oven to 180C

Coat the inside of 4 ramekins with olive oil and sit on baking trays

Drain potatoes in a colander, return to pot, add 1 tbsp butter and a small amount of milk. Mash potatoes, adding milk sparingly so the mash is fairly dry

Spoon 1/4 of the mince mixture in to each ramekin (about 2/3 full)

Top each with mashed potato

Sprinkle 1 tbsp grated cheese on top of each

Bake for about 20 mins until the cheese is starting to bubble and brown and the mince can be seen bubbling  at the edges.

Turkey, pineapple and cranberry burgers

Serves 4

Turkey, pineapple and cranberry burgers

Ingredients

2-4 tbsps olive oil

1 egg

1 cup of bread crumbs

500 g turkey mince

Half a fresh pineapple

4 burger buns

I bag of mixed lettuce leaves (mild not bitter)

Cucumber, sliced longways

4 slices Swiss cheese

Cranberry jelly

 

Method

Add olive oil to 2 non-stick flat pans, coat surface, heat pans to medium heat

Crack egg into a large bowl, whisk

Add breadcrumbs and turkey mince, combine

Divide mixture into 4 equal balls, flatten

Cook burgers at medium heat in larger pan until cooked through

Cut pineapple into thin slices, cut off skin

Cook pineapple at medium heat in smaller pan until cooked through

Cut burger buns in half

Spread cranberry jelly on top half of bun

Add lettuce, cucumber, cheese, pineapple and burger to bottom half of bun

Put top half of bun on

Beef and bacon sausage rolls

Serves 4

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Ingredients

1 egg

500 g extra lean beef mince

300 g diced bacon style pieces

3 sheets frozen puff pastry

1/4 cup milk or grated tasty cheese

 

Method

Preheat oven to 220oC

Crack egg into a large bowl, mix with a whisk

Add mince and bacon to bowl, mix well with egg

Get 3 sheets of puff pastry out of freezer, remove plastic and lay singly on chopping boards

When partially thawed, cut each sheet in half (to get 6 rectangles)

Divide the mince mixture into 6 parts

Shape each part into a long sausage laid along the middle of the long side of each rectangle of puff pastry

Carefully fold the edges of the puff pastry and press together to enclose the mince sausage

Turn each long roll upside down (join/seam down) and cut into 4 pieces

Place each piece (sausage roll) on a baking tray

Brush the top of each sausage roll with milk OR sprinkle with grated cheese

Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins or until golden brown

Beef, bacon and egg burgers

Serves 4

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Ingredients

2-4 tbsps olive oil

500 g lean beef mince

200 g bacon

4 eggs

4 burger buns

Iceberg lettuce, cut finely

Tomato, sliced

4 slices light tasty or Swiss cheese

Barbeque sauce

 

Method

Add olive oil to 2 flat non-stick pans, coat surface, heat pans to medium heat

Divide mince into 4 equal balls, flatten

Cook burgers at medium heat in larger pan until cooked through

Cut fat off bacon

Cook bacon at medium heat in smaller pan until cooked through

Add olive oil to one medium or 2 small flat non-stick pans

Crack eggs, break yolk immediately, cook on both sides until just cooked

Cut burger buns in half

Add lettuce, tomato, cheese, burger, bacon and egg to bottom half of bun

Add barbeque sauce to egg

Put top half of bun on

 

Variations

Add fresh pineapple as well as or instead of egg