Had to share this random, made up recipe for a pasta I made for the kids the other night. It was literally made from what I could find in the fridge and freezer and took less than 20 min to make (helped that the bacon and mushrooms were pre-chopped).
I have never in my life had my kids eat dinner so fast! Dinner is usually like pulling teeth with them. My husband really liked it too.
I had thought that maybe for some reason they were particularly hungry that night, but when I served the leftovers another night, they repeated their performance.
Anyhoo, I thought it was worth a share as it is so easy and healthy. Anything to make dinnertime easier right?
- 2 beef stock cubes dissolved in a small amount (about 2-3 cm in the bottom of a coffee mug) boiling water
- 125mL cream (I use lactose free light cream)
- 1 tbs oil
- 200-300g diced/chopped bacon (you could substitute this for whatever protein you have – chopped chicken, mince, whatever)
- 1/4 of a head of cauliflower
- About 1.5 cups of dry pasta of choice (eg elbow macaroni, spirals)
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 325g of chopped mushrooms (eg Swiss browns, button etc)
- Grated parmesan cheese to taste
- Chop the cauliflower into large florets. Boil in water for about 15-20 min until soft and then puree in a food processor
- Heat oil in deep frypan, add bacon and fry till browning
- Put on a pot of boiling water and cook pasta until al dente (usually about 8 min for dry elbow macaroni)
- Add mushrooms and fry until they release their water. Add a few twists of ground black pepper
- Add the concentrated beef stock liquid, bring to the boil
- Add cream, bring to a simmer and then turn down the heat
- Allow sauce to reduce and thicken slightly
- Add pureed cauliflower and stir through (will thicken sauce significantly)
- Drain pasta (and reserve a little pasta liquid) and add to sauce (add pasta liquid if necessary to thin sauce if too thick)
- Serve immediately with grated parmesan and ground black pepper to taste
My kids SMASHED this dish.
I hope your kids (and you) like it too.