Whether you live on your own, like to cook for yourself or just fancy a quick meal; we all have to eat on our own sometimes. There isn’t always someone around to share our culinary creations with and if you’re like me and you don’t like eating day old food – you’re guna need some meals for one!
People seem to have something against eating alone. There’s plenty of people who wouldn’t go near a restaurant by themselves, but there’s so many places out there waiting for you! What about that new burger place you wana try? None of your friends will go with you, so you miss out! And those people who shout up the stairs when ordering take away to their imaginary company? Who cares if you’re at home and ordering a pizza for yourself? Enjoy it! Enjoy the food, the silence and take the time to enjoy your own company. The good thing about cooking for yourself though, you can have whatever the heck you want! You have a free run of the supermarket, the kitchen and you can whip up a magical creation and don’t have to share a single morsel. There’s something therapeutic about cooking, you can take time out and prepare yourself something delicious and at the end of it all have the satisfaction of saying ‘I made that’.
Pasta bakes are so simple and you can really throw anything in once you’ve got the sauce down. Meatballs seem to be the perfect partner for a nice tomato sauce and these are packed full of flavour with the herbs, chilli and garlic. I for one am a garlic lover, but leave it out if you aren’t a fan (how can people not like garlic?)!
When it comes to herbs, we haven’t all got a kitchen garden to turn to (I’m working on it, okay) so using dried herbs is perfectly fine! If you have the fresh stuff, go for it, if you don’t, don’t necessarily rush out to get some. If you always end up with a load of fresh herbs left after cooking, don’t waste them. They can be easily dried at a low temperature in the oven, with the door cracked open slightly.
This recipe is so simple, and it’s delicious. At the end of the day, those two things are all that really matter! I was never a big fan of pasta bakes, but this is so damn tasty and I enjoyed every bit.
Meatball & Pasta Bake
serves: one big apetite
200g minced beef
pinch salt & pepper
1/2 tsp fresh (or dried) parsley
1/2 tsp fresh (or dried thyme)
1/2 red chilli
1/2 beaten egg
1 clove garlic
75g uncooked pasta
salt & pepper
1tsp tomato puree
1/2 onion, finely sliced
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 clove garlic (although I prefer 2)
1/2tsp dried oregano
100g cheese (cheddar)
– Pre-heat your oven to 200c (180c fan or 400f).
– First of all get your meatballs made. Finally chop the herbs by rolling them in a ball and going to town on them with a sharp knife. Crush your garlic and add all the ingredients for the beatballs to a bowl.
– Combine all the ingredients together with your hands (dont be afraid, it’s okay to get stuck in sometimes). Split the mix into four 50g meatballs and set aside.
– Fry off your onions in a pan until soft, but with little colour.
– Add your chopped tomatoes to a pan along with the rest of the ingredients and season to taste. Simmer it over a med – high heat while you cook your meatballs.
– Add meatballs to the pan you used to fry your onions. Cook them over a high heat until brown all over, but still slightly uncooked in the middle.
– Cook your pasta as per packet instructions.
– Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and mix together with half the cheese.
– Add your pasta to the dish and plop in the meatballs. Sprinkle with cheese and bake in the oven for 25 mins.
This dish is perfect by itself or with some freshly baked bread. Although, hello carb overload!