Lazy Lamb Ragout Wholewheat Penne

Lazy Lamb Ragout Penne (14 of 15) Haven’t cooked for some time so I have been naturally aching to scratch that creative “itch”. Last week, I so happened to catch up with a good friend of mine who also happens to be a culinary aficionado. Admittedly, he is way more refined than me when it comes to the palate; at least he has experienced firsthand what it is like to work in a 3-star michelin restaurant. “Priceless experience”, he would say. He was kind enough to share with me two ‘secret’ recipes (well, not so much of a secret any longer after I publish it on KitchenMess) that will take no longer than 30 minutes to prepare and cook. One is the lazy man’s guide to a tasty ragout which I am about to share with you right now. INGREDIENTS (serves one):

  • 1 sausage (I used lamb, hence the name “lazy lamb ragout”)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes in sauce (~411g tin)
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon of worcester sauce
  • 1 chopped small onion/shallot
  • 1 bunch of torn basil leaves
  • 1 cup wholewheat penne uncooked
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan (optional)

METHOD:

1) Heat saucepan, add a knob of olive oil and then throw in the diced shallots.  After 1-2 minutes, open the can of diced tomatoes and pour all the contents in. Low boil for 20 mins, stirring occasionally. Add 1 teaspoon of worcester sauce and a squirt of tomato paste (~ 1 tablespoon). Season with salt and pepper. Stir until dissolved. Lazy Lamb Ragout Penne (3 of 15) 2) While tomato sauce is brewing, de-skin the sausage. Simply use a small knife to peel off all the skin.

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3) Mash the sausage content with a fork and sprinkle with some black pepper. Lazy Lamb Ragout Penne (6 of 15) 4) Now to cook the pasta. Boil pot of water, add some salt and throw in one cup of dry penne pasta (I used wholewheat here to boost my overall fiber content for the day). Cook according to package instructions (roughly 10-11 minutes for al dente).

5) In the meantime, add the minced lamb mixture into the saucepan with the tomato sauce and with the aid of the fork and slotted spoon, quickly break apart the meat inside the sauce so that it more or less resembles a ragout. Cook for another 5-10 minutes until done.

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6) By now the pasta should be ready. Drain the pasta in a colander and pour cooked pasta into a serving bowl. Pour the tomato lamb ragout sauce mixture on top of the pasta.

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7)  Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese if desired. And there you go, a 30 minute hearty ragout. Serve and enjoy.Lazy Lamb Ragout Penne (15 of 15)

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Mashed Avocado Whole Wheat Penne with Chopped Tomato and Parmesan Grating

Mashed avocado tomato penne pasta (12 of 12)What to do with an overripe avocado? An instinctive response would be to “mash it”! On that note, I decided to make a quick, healthy and fulfilling lunch that took no longer than 20 minutes. Whole wheat penne with mashed avocado dressing mixed in with a tomato salsa and garnished with parmesan shavings.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Avocado
  • Wholewheat Penne Pasta (2 cups cooked)
  • 1 tomato (diced into cubes)
  • 1 garlic clove (grated)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper (as required)

Mashed avocado tomato penne pasta (3 of 12) METHOD:

1) Boil a pot of water and add pasta in. Cook according to package instructions (roughly 12 minutes for whole wheat penne if you are aiming for ‘al dente’ texture). In the meantime, mash avocado in a bowl. Squeeze juice of one lime and sprinkle pepper and salt. Grate some garlic into the mixture and mix well with a fork. Adjust taste according to personal preference.

Mashed avocado tomato penne pasta (4 of 12) 2) Add chopped tomatoes into the avocado paste and mix together with the fork. Mashed avocado tomato penne pasta (8 of 12) 3) Drain cooked pasta in a colander and pour into bowl. Combine avocado tomato mixture with the pasta and toss to distribute evenly. Mashed avocado tomato penne pasta (10 of 12) 4) Garnish with more chopped tomatoes and freshly grated parmesan before serving. Mashed avocado tomato penne pasta (11 of 12)