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Published May 20th 2022
We all have our favourite pasta dishes, that we make time and time again. If I am cooking for both kids and adults, I will make Grandma's Spaghetti Bolognaise or lasagne (see recipe below) - which get eaten up with gusto. The lasagne in particular, is a good recipe to make on the weekend, divide up and freeze for an easy weeknight meal. All you need to do is defrost it, pop it back in the oven to warm up and serve it with a side salad.

These are my favourite pasta dishes, below, what are yours? If you have a pasta recipe that you make regularly, I would love to hear about it! Please leave a comment at the top of this article and it will be shown underneath, for others to read. Sometimes it can be as simple as stirring through a tin of tuna, a tin of corn and some mayonnaise through some warm penne pasta, to make a delicious and easy pasta dish at home. There are literally hundreds of ways that you can enjoy pasta - what is your favourite recipe?

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Easy Family Lasagne

2 brown onions (chopped), 2 cloves garlic (chopped finely), 500g beef mince, 500g pork mince, 2 x 800g tins of crushed tomatoes (or 4 x 400g tins), 2 Tablespoons sugar, 6 sheets of dried lasagne sheets, 50g mozzarella cheese

Cheese sauce: 50g butter, 1/3 cup plain flour, 3.5 cups milk, 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard, 250g mozzarella cheese

Add olive oil to a large cooking pot and sauté onions and garlic until cooked. Add beef and pork mince to the pot and stir. Break down any lumps with a wooden spoon. Add tinned tomatoes and sugar, and stir. Increase temperature so it starts to boil. Reduce temperature and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees, fan-forced. To make the cheese sauce, add butter to a medium saucepan and cook until it melts. Add the flour and stir for 2 minutes. Pour in a small amount of milk and stir with a whisk. As it starts to thicken, continue to add milk and stir until all the milk has gone and it starts to bubble and thicken. Whisk frequently. Stir in mustard and add the grated cheese. Stir until cheese melts and take off the heat.

To assemble the lasagne, smear meat sauce on the base of the lasagne tray. Lay 2 lasagne sheets on top of the meat. You may need to break a sheet to make it fit. Add a few spoonfuls of meat on top of the sheets. Add the cheese sauce all over the meat, using a soup ladle. Lay down 2 lasagne sheets again. Repeat until you get near the top, or start to run out of meat or cheese sauce. Finish with the cheese sauce and then grated cheese. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes and then remove the foil. Bake for another 15 minutes until golden. Allow to cool in tray and slice up into squares. See here for a step-by-step article.

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Make on the weekend, for some easy weeknight meals!

Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce (Serves 2)

* This recipe is quick and easy on a weeknight for 2 people

1 onion (chopped), 2 garlic cloves (finely diced), 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes, 400g tin of crushed tomatoes, 1 cup of chicken stock, 300g frozen green prawns (shelled and heads/ tails removed, defrosted), 2 frozen Basa fillets (defrosted and chopped), 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 1/3 cup fresh parsley (chopped)

Heat oil in a fry pan and cook the onion and garlic until soft. Add the smoked paprika, dried chilli flakes, tomatoes, chicken stock and 1/2 cup of water. Bring mixture to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the prawns and fish, then simmer for another 5 minutes, until cooked through. Stir in lemon juice. Serve with spaghetti and a generous amount of parsley.

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Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Cold Salmon & Red Onion Pasta Salad

* This recipe is perfect for healthy work lunches - make a batch of it and divide it up into containers. Just take a breath mint for afterwards!

400g tinned salmon (drained, flaked, bones removed), 2 cups dried penne pasta, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 red onion, finely chopped, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)

Boil pasta for 10 minutes and drain. Mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir in warm pasta and allow to cool. Divide up into containers and place in fridge.

What is your favourite pasta dish recipe?

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Cold Salmon & Red Onion Pasta Salad

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