I have to put my hands up to admit that I am not the best cook in the world. I have a few signature dishes that I am can cook…I love a Sunday Roast. I can also cook a great casserole and anything which included spicy chicken.

When on a budget, pasta dishes are one of the easiest and cheapest forms of eating well. If Sophia Loren swore her figure came from eating pasta then I am definitely down with this. I am actually quite fussy when it comes to pasta. I love linguine, spaghetti and penne. I don’t like the texture of fuselli or conchiglie. Today, I wanted to celebrate World Pasta Day by featuring my favourite 5 pasta dishes and how to make them on the cheap!

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History of World Pasta Day

World Pasta Day was brought into existence as part of the World Pasta Congress on the 25th of October in 1995. Experts from all over the world came together to discuss the glories of the noodle, with particular emphasis on the importance of spreading knowledge of the world’s panorama of pasta. This organization uses World Pasta Day to promote the eating of pasta, along with its cultural and culinary importance.

How to Celebrate World Pasta Day

One of the best ways to celebrate World Pasta Day is preparing your favourite dish. Which is why I have chosen 5 favourite pasta dishes to include in this feature, which I am also going to make!

Spaghetti Bolognese

One of my favourite dishes! I actually like my foods quite spicy so I add extra chilli flakes and spices, but do a Spaghetti Bolognese however you prefer. I think of it as eating a dish the night before, which can then be taken into work the next day to save on costs. Apparently (something I learned whilst writing this article) a true Bolognese includes two meats: beef and pork. However for the purpose of us broke girls in the city, I would suggest going for one unless you are cooking for a number of guests too. Many people including myself have rushed a bolognese but it does taste better if you leave it to simmer 1-2 hours to get the optimum taste. You can of course buy a Ragu sauce (or whatever is on offer that day) to add an extra sauce!

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti
  • 200g Mince
  • Tomato concentrate
  • Onion (small)
  • Garlic (2 cloves)
  • Carrots (optional)
  • Corgettes (optional)
  • Celery (ioptional)
  • Wine (optional)
  • Stock
  • Ragu bolognese sauce (optional)

How to guide:

  1. Massage the meats in a bowl and cook until browned
  2. Chop up the vegetables depending and add to the meat
  3. Start cooking the pasta
  4. Add wine. I usually work on the model – one for the food & one for me!
  5. Add tomato concentrate and the sauce although this is optional
  6. Add stock to ensure that the meat doesn’t dry up and burn
  7. Simmer but keep stirring for a couple of hours if possible.
  8. It’s time to eat!

 

Spaghetti Carbonara

My grandfather taught me how to book this dish. I love it and if ever I am eating out I will chose between this or lasagna. You can chose to use onions, but when I am eating on a budget I try to keep the ingredients to a minimum. However if you look to buy your food in the evenings, a lot of items are reduced in supermarkets. In this video it asks you to buy Pancetta but I am always buy whatever is the cheapest! I also don’t use onions and garlic (to keep prices down and also because I am sensitive to both). However feel free to add to your dish.

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti
  • Bacon
  • Egg
  • Single cream
  • Grated parmesan cheese

How to guide:

  1. Cut up the bacon into little pieces & put into a heated pan
  2. Add the onion and garlic to the bacon if required
  3. Start cooking the pasta in a separate saucepan
  4. Break open the eggs
  5. Drain the cream into the eggs
  6. Once the bacon is cooked add the pasta into the pan
  7. Add the eggs/cream and stir
  8. Voila! your carbonara dish is served

My brother cooks a vegan version of this dish where we substitutes the bacon with XXX and the 

Pasta Day

Seafood Linguine

My brother Paul taught me how to cook this dish. If you fancy impressing someone, then this is the dish for you. I love seafood too! It’s so easy to make and it tastes divine.

Ingredients:

  • Linguine (fresh)
  • Tin of tomatoes
  • Single cream
  • Seafood

How to guide:

  1. Cook the linguine in a saucepan
  2. Crack open the tomatoes and cream and put into a bowl and stir
  3. When the pasta is almost done, add the seafood
  4. Then add the mixture of cream and tomatoes
  5. Stir, stir, stir and then serve!

It really is that easy!

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