Eat Simple: Cheesy Veggie Pasta

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Personally, I prefer to bake rather than to cook square meals but since I've heard it's not great to survive off brownies and cupcakes alone, I've taken to cooking some homely, relatively simple-to-make meals that leave you feeling satisfied with minimal effort (and washing up!).

As I still live at home with a family of 5, my style is to usually work with what I've got in the fridge/cupboards to create dinners. This time there were a lot of veggies that needed using up and I had a real craving for something cheesy and baked so there was really only one way to go! This recipe can be modified to suit whatever veg may be in your fridge and if you're a bit hungrier it can be eaten without being baked, though it's definitely better if you do.

Ingredients (Feeds 4)

  • 1 Onion 
  • 4 Garlic cloves
  • Assorted vegetables that add up to about 1 cup per person
  • 500g Pasta
  • 25g Butter
  • 25g Plain Flour
  • 600ml Milk

  • 100g preferred cheese



Set the oven to 180C and put some salted water on to boil for the pasta. Finely chop the onion and add to a large frying pan (or wok) over a medium-high heat with some olive oil. Crush/finely chop the garlic cloves and add to the onion once it has softened slightly. Prepare the remaining veg.

Once the onion and garlic have cooked through add vegetables in order of cooking time. As a general guide: Carrots = 8-10 mins, Mushrooms = 6-8 mins, Broccoli = 3-4 mins, Peppers 2-3 mins, Spinach = 1-2 mins. After adding the veg with the longest cooking time, start cooking the white sauce using the butter, flour and milk. 
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  2. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the milk to get a smooth sauce. Return to the heat and, stirring all the time, bring to the boil.
  4. Simmer gently for 8-10 minutes and season with salt  
Once the pasta has cooked, add any soft greens like spinach and drain the pasta. Mix in half the white sauce to the pasta and take the vegetables off the heat. In a baking tray layer half the veg on the bottom and then add half the pasta on top. Scatter the rest of the vegetables on top of the pasta and then add the rest of the pasta on top. Pour over the rest of the white sauce on top and try to cover as much pasta as possible. Grate the cheese and sprinkle generously on top.
Bake in the oven for 20-30 mins or until golden on top. Then marvel in the deliciousness that you have just created. The great thing about this recipe is you get all the goodness of a cheesy bake with the added benefit of vegetables to give some health to the dish!

And for dessert....
So if you still have some calories left to consume (or just need a quick and easy sweet treat) then this mug cake is sure to hit the spot.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (or peppermint) extract
  • 1 tablespoon choc chips
  • 1 large mug
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large mug and then whisk them in with the wet ingredients. Cook in the microwave for 4-5 minutes. Indulge in the chocolatey goodness. 

I hope this post has inspired you to create some yummy, quick recipes that will warm you up this winter. Don't even think about the calories - just cook and enjoy! It's cold so you'll need all the extra fat you can get. Okay I'll stop trying to be a feeder now... 

Life is crazy busy at the moment as I enter the final semester of third year. I've prepped some blog posts that will make it easier to keep my posting regular as I plough through the biggest workload I've EVER experienced for the next 4 months...wish me luck!

Stay inspired! 

 

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6 comments

  1. looks super delicious! thank you for sharing!
    following you on bloglovin' and twitter. hope you'll look for me too. see you around!


    a possible fantasy

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    1. Thank you! It was so good :) and thanks for your follows! Xxx

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  2. Yumm! Pasta bake is the best in winter, so warm and comforting. It is one of my favourite meals too - anything with cheese and I am there. I've never made a mug cake - totally need to, much better than making a whole cake and scoffing it all! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Cheese is definitely my weakness! And mug cakes are good for rationing but you still feel satisfied because you get to eat the whooole cake ;) x

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  3. this looks amazing!! I always used to have a mug brownie! So quick and easy xx
    www.emilyjanewebb.co.uk

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    1. Thank you :) it was so easy to make. Yes mug brownies are a godsend! Xx

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