I’ve posted many times about how difficult it is to keep a large family happy at meal times – what one loves, another hates! I try to get around this by meal planning; I include everyone and hopefully they realise that although there may be a meal that they don’t like one night, there is a meal that they love and several that they can ‘put up with’.
This morning, sat at my desk, I text Mr Six to ask if he had any ideas for dinner. His response? Pasta.
Now, I love pasta. But we only ever have it with pesto and roast Mediterranean vegetables or with a stir through sauce or with a homemade tomato sauce. But I fancied something different. So I scoured my favourite supermarket website for some ideas and plumped for: chicken and bacon pasta.
This recipe is the result of a day of debating what would work and what I really fancied – and I actively encourage you to adapt it; don’t like some of the vegetables? Swap them out! Fancy something spicier? Whack in a chilli… Long time readers will know that my ‘recipes’ are very fluid when it comes to quantities as we all like things to our own taste. Also lots of the ingredients are frozen as vegetables retain their freshness and nutrition – plus they are so much more convenient as you use as little or as much as you need then pop them back.
You will need:
- Frozen leeks
- Garlic (chopped/sliced – I use frozen)
- Frozen spinach
- Fresh tomatoes
- Frozen Peas
- Frozen broccoli
- Quorn fillets
- Vegetarian bacon
I started by putting the Quorn fillets to steam then I fried some leeks on a low heat. I added garlic, spinach and chopped, fresh tomatoes to the leeks and continued to cook on low.
Meanwhile I boiled some water and started the pasta cooking. In another saucepan, I made a cheese sauce.
As the pasta cooked, I added broccoli and peas to the water. I chopped the vegetarian bacon and fried in a small frying pan.
Then I drained the pasta, finely sliced the Quorn and combined all the components (it might seem like a lot of pans, but Munchkin didn’t want any veg), turned it into a lasagne dish, topped with cheese and breadcrumbs, then baked until crispy.
Quite honestly, it was delicious. Even vegetable-phobic Teen 2 had second helpings.
I think a little white wine in the sauce might be quite nice – and if you like, sliced mushrooms fried with the bacon.
Let me know how you would pimp this recipe as I’m always open to feedback