Friday, November 10, 2006

Lazy Lasgane Pasta Bake

It's definitely, finally, properly, no messing about autumn now, and that means big comfort food. Thinking about it almost any external influence on my life tends to get related to in terms of food. Oh well. So here's yesterday's effort:
  • Put the oven on to heat up to 180oC
  • Chop and peel a medium sized onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Sweat them in a large frying pan.
  • Slice 2 large tomatoes and a red pepper. Add these to the pan.
  • Get a saucepan of salted water on the hob to heat.
  • Add half a tin of chopped tomatoes and a good squirt of tomato ketchup to the frying pan. Add some torn basil leaves and black pepper. Allow to simmer.
  • When the pan of water is boiling put in a good load of rigatoni and allow to boil until almost cooked.
  • Meanwhile in another saucepan put a medium sized pot of crème fraîche, a good chunk of grated Gouda and a couple of teaspoons of French Mustard and heat gently until they all combine into a sauce.
  • Make breadcrumbs.
  • Strain the water off the pasta, combine it with the tomato sauce and put in an oven-proof dish. Pour the cheesy sauce over the top and then sprinkle the breadcrumbs ontop of that.
  • Put into the oven for about 20 minutes, until the breadcrumbs start to brown.
  • Serve with beer.
This made enough for 4 meals, the second 2 of which Tinseltroos and I will be having for lunch today.

I'm off up North tonight to go and see my mum. She's singing in a choir tomorrow night so I've said I'll go along to show my support.



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