Creamy Pasta Bake

When I am at home, I mostly live off the Good Housekeeping diet. I.E 9/10 meals which I consume come from the magazine.

It it my mums cooking bible, but for good reason- every recipe they publish works perfectly and tastes good. It is her (and now my) go-to source of family meals. It is where my favourite halloumi bean stew was born from.

Mum and dad both work at the hospital for the NHS, this means our dinner conversations often revolve around what has happened there that day, it’s not quite Holby but has it’s moments. It also means they work long hours, so tonight I thought I would sort out tea. Cue, Good Housekeeping for this pasta bake.

Creamy Pasta Bake- The Vegaquarium

I adapted the recipe slightly to include some of my favourite things, and changed the white sauce recipe to my staple one. Speaking of white sauce, once you can make it you can make so many dishes! So it’s worth learning.

You will need:

  • 75g butter
  • 75g plain flour (always match the quantities of butter and flour)
  • 900ml milk
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 500g pack of your favourite tortellini, or GHK suggests spinach and ricotta
  • 150g peas
  • 4 freshly chopped chives
  • 1 small broccoli tree
  • 3 x salmon or white fish fillets, skinned and cut into chunks
  • 50g cheddar to top

1) Set the oven to 180 degrees C, gas mark 6.

2) Melt the butter in a heavy bottom pan on medium heat, then stir in the flour. Remove from the heat and start to pour in the milk a little at a time while stirring so it all combines and there are no lumps. Stir in the mustard, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

2) Add the tortellini to the white sauce. I used a 400g pack and made up the rest with regular pasta, I also used scissors to cut the tortellini in half and it worked nicely.

3) Take off the heat and fold in the fish, peas, broccoli and chives before pouring into an ovenproof dish. Top with cheese and bake in the preheated oven for 20 mins or until bubbling and golden.

4) Serve to your hungry, tired family for brownie points!


Quick and Cheap Student Pizzas

This easy recipe leaves your wallet full and your tummy fuller.

Being back at my university house for just a week has left me with minimal ingredients and to be honest, minimal enthusiasm about cooking! Que, this student pizza, it’s cheaper than dominoes (although this doesn’t come with the garlic sauce which is so worth it!)

Quick student pizza

You will need:

For the base

  • Your favourite wraps

For the toppings

  • Cream cheese
  • Pasata
  • chopped onions/ spring onions
  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar
  • Your favourite toppings

This is the laziest recipe ever, but I guess it’s short and simple

1) Set the oven to 180 C grill

2) Spread the cream cheese on the wrap, followed by the pasata and chopped onion

3) Add the mozzarella and grated cheddar cheese

4) Top with your favourite toppings- I used mushrooms, pesto and rocket!

5) Grill for 5-10 mins, keep an eye on them! One is great for lunch, or have 2 for dinner. You could even sandwich together the wraps with cheese to make a stuffed base

I ate mine with a pot of garlic mayo… not quite the same as dominoes sauce but it did the job. If you have any other quick, cheap recipes feel free to share.

Quick student pizza