Fresh Pasta & Venison Ragout

Fresh Pasta & Venison Ragout

Venison is a nice departure from everyday meet. It’s unique flavor makes this dish. To cut though the rich ragout i made a fresh pasta filling with ricotta, parsley, mushrooms and lemon.

Recipe

  • Venison
  • Chorizo
  • Red vine
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Tomato paste
  • Butter
  • Ricotta
  • Parsley
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Lemon (juice & zest)
  • Butter
  • Pasta (homemade or fresh lasagna plates as a substitute)

Cut the Venison and Chorizo into moth size pieces. Brown the meat in a heavy pan. Add onion, garlic and carrots (all diced) and fry for a couple of minutes. Add red vine (a lot), tomato paste and water to cover the meat. Simmer for about 1 hour. Remove the lid and reduce until the sauce sticks to the meat. Season and add cold diced butter

Dice and fry the muchrooms, add some garlic and butter. Add to the ricotta. Chop and add the parsley, season with salt, pepper and lemon (juice & zest)

Cut rings of pasta and cook for a couple of minutes. Build a tower of the pasta and ricotta filling. Put the ragout around the tower.

Serve and….

Enjoy!

 

Creamy spinach & bacon penne

Creamy spinach & bacon penne

Another quick, everyday pasta dish. The simple ingredients combine to give a tasty and filling meal.

Recipe

  • Pasta Penne
  • Bacon
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Cream
  • Nutmeg

Start cooking the Pasta..
Fry the bacon, remove from the pan (including most of the bacon fat), place on kitchen paper to drain.
Chop the onion and garlic and fry in the same pan.
Rinse the spinach and add to the pan.
Add the cream, season with nutmeg, salt&pepper
Drain the pasta and combine it with the sauce and bacon.

ENJOY !

Almond-parsley pesto with sweet fried tomatoes

Almond-parsley pesto with sweet fried tomatoes

I was looking for something to eat this evening, but with no energy to go grocery shopping, the requirements for this recipe was twofold.

1.  Only use ingredients I already had lying around.

2.  Easy and fast to make.

The end result was this pasta dish with a nontraditional homemade pesto. It’s literally possible to make this dish in the time it takes to cook the pasta.. thats pretty fast i my book 🙂

Recipe

  • Dried pasta, preferably linguini
  • Flat leaf parsley
  • Fresh thyme
  • Almonds
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Cherry Tomatoes

Start cooking the Pasta..
In a small pan, fry the cherry tomatoes in olive oil and salt & pepper
Toast the almonds in another pan
Combine parsley, thyme, chili, garlic, almonds and parmesan in a pestle & mortar and pound… Add olive oil until you have a fine paste. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice

Drain the pasta and combine with the pesto. Serve with the fried tomatoes…

ENJOY !

SpaghettiAndMeatballs

Meatballs

Another classic, and without tying to offend all the italian mama’s out there.. this one is the best version 🙂

Pasta

  • Homemade pasta (or linguini if you don’t have the time)

Meatballs

  • 1/2 part groud beef
  • 1/2 part ground pork
  • Onion
  • Stale bread
  • Egg
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic
  • Chopped sage
  • Salt & pepper

Tomato Sauce

  • Diced Tomatoes
  • White wine (or dry vermouth)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • Extra vergine olive oil

Blitz the bread in a mixer to make breadcrumbs, add the onion and garlic and until they are finely chopped

combine the mixture with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Form nice golfball size meatballs and fry in olive oil.

In a big pan, saute the onion and garlic. add the wine and reduce by half. Add the diced tomatoes and season to taste.

cook the pasta, and add to the sauce (include a little of the cooking water) finally add the meatballs and combine.

In a small pan, fry whole sage leaves until crisp

Serve with plenty of grated parmesan and crispy sage

ENJOY !