I love looking at recipe books, the pictures are always amazing aren’t they? You get all excited and think ‘I could do that’ and then you look at the recipe and realise it contains 17 different ingredients, three of which you’ve never even heard of, and you get a pizza out of the freezer instead.
Or you attempt it, (leaving out the things you’re not sure about), and end up with something like ‘blue soup’, Bridget Jones style. The ‘purple pie’ I tried to make with leftover red cabbage is fast on it’s way to becoming a favourite family legend, and not for good reasons.
I need something simple and idiot proof, a recipe with just a few ingredients, none of which I have to go to a specialist Asian supermarket for, which makes me perfect for the #TryTotal challenge from Total, the Greek yoghurt people. The idea is to create easy but tasty recipes with just a few ingredients and for your efforts you can win all sorts of lovely prizes including a Magimix food mixer, an iPhone6, a cookbook or a month’s supply of Greek yoghurt.
You can enter on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest or Vine by letting Total know your favourite ‘TOTAL+’ recipe. Ideally you’ll include a photo or video and the hashtag #TryTotal plus a list of ingredients is essential. You can enter as many different recipe ideas as you like, and your entry should end up looking something like this one for my pasta recipe:
My Total + 4 Pasta bake Total + pasta + sweetcorn + tomatoes + mozzarella #TryTotal pic.twitter.com/WUoBIDCaZA
— Slummy Single Mummy (@mummyblogger) January 12, 2015
Like the look of it? Lucky for you I made it, so it’s easy peasy…
Pasta with sweetcorn, tomatoes, mozzarella and Total Greek yoghurt
My recipe is very simple to put together and based on my favourite cooking strategy, whereby I mix whatever I have in the fridge with a big pile of pasta. ‘Fridge pasta’ I like to call it. This recipe is slightly more sophisticated in that I then bake it, but you would work equally well just all stirred up together and you could easily switch in other vegetables or cheeses.
To create my pasta bake, first cook up some pasta. Add some frozen sweetcorn a couple of minutes before the end of cooking. Drain and season. Mix in a couple of blobs of Total and transfer to a baking dish. Top with sliced tomatoes, sliced mozzarella and a good layer of Total. Bake in a moderate oven for about half an hour or until the top of your bake starts to brown.
I served our pasta bake with a salad and some garlic bread. And a teeny tiny glass of red wine.
What are your favourite quick and easy recipes?