Recipe: One Pot Pasta

This is a recipe that I was introduced to by my dad and have made many times since. It is such a simple recipe to make and very versatile. Matha Stewart has a recipe called one-pan pasta that I used as inspiration the first time I made this dish. Since then I have created this dish depending on the content of my fridge and pantry.

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Step 1: brown onions and garlic with some oil in the pan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Garlic cloves thinly sliced (to personal taste).

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Step 2: Add all the ingredients in and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Ingredients:

  • Pasta
  •  Tin of diced tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Stock
  • Optional ingredients from fridge or pantry – In this batch I added asparagus, green beans, kidney beans and ham.

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After 20 minutes the liquid will have been absorbed or boiled off you will end up with a flavoursome pasta dish. A trick I like to use is to cut out the salt in the dish and use stock instead of water for added flavour.

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And voila the finished product!

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Post Theatre Dinner @ Jamie’s, Perth

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I went back to Jamie’s Italian in Perth after going to see Peter Pan at the ballet last month. I arrived quite late in the evening, and was worried that we were too late to be seated. However, the staff at Jamie’s happily found us a table and had food out to us in no time at all!

For my main meal I ordered the Spring Pea and Mint Ravioli and a Peach Belini to go with it. Our pastas did not take long at all to come out of the kitchen even at 9pm at night. I was impressed with the speed and presentation of the kitchen so late in the evening. I enjoyed the flavours in this dish and it was a nice, simple summery dish.

After we finished our pasta we quickly agreed that we still had room for desert, a favourite of mine at Jamie’s. I did look over the desert menu but could not pass up another chance at having the brownie again. The brownie was better than the first time I tried it, a very nice rich and moist brownie and hot chocolate was the perfect end to my night out in the city with friends at the ballet.

 

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Jamie’s Italian, Perth

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Back in July I caught up with a friend L and we decided to try our luck at Jamie’s Italian in Perth for a Friday lunch. L managed to grab a spot in the line minutes before the opened at 11am and by the time I arrived a few minutes past 11am we were instantly seated. We opted to skip entrees after snacking on the complimentary bread basket to save room for desert, and let me tell you that was a smart move on our part!

Bread Basket

Bread Basket

I ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese main size ($19) along with a Jamie’s iced tea ($16) and split a side of the Posh Chips ($6.5) with my friend. The chips were a bit of a let down after all the hype I had heard about them as they were nice but nothing special. The pasta however was perfectly done both on cooking and portion sizing, especially for the price.

With mains out of the way we settled in for looking at the desert menu. I had my mind made up before arriving that I would be having the brownie ($9) – however the rest of the desert menu at Jamie’s sure put up a temptatious fight. I had heard mixed reviews about the brownie. My first bite into the brownie was looking like it would be a disappointment as it was quite dry on the outside, however I quickly found that the centre of the brownie was not like that and was instead a rich, decadent, and gooey delicious brownie. The brownie like the pasta did not last very long, and was followed up with a pot of tea ($4.25 for one) as L and I continued to catch up and work off the food coma we had developed over our lunch at Jamie’s.

We left the restaurant about an hour and a half after arriving and in that time it had gone from a near empty restaurant to a packed one with a line forming out the front. The noise level towards the end definitely encouraged us to move on to continue our catch up to a quieter spot. Really loved the food, the service was exceptional, the only downside was the popularity of Jamie’s making it very loud and noisy come peak-lunchtime. Definitely worth the visit but try to catch them in an off-peak time to be able to enjoy the meal peacefully and to be able to give it the justice the food deserves.

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Isola di Capru, Phillip Island

Hi everyone,

This is my last restaurant review from my time in Melbourne and is for Isola di Capru on Phillip Island. We came to Phillip Island for the penguin parade which occurs nightly on the island. As we had to wait until sunset for the penguins so we ended up in the town of Cowes for dinner.

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One of the adorable penguins from Phillip Island.

We settled on Italian as I had been craving Spaghetti Carbonara ($19.50 main) for the week before the trip. Mum settled on a simple bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese ($12 entree) and my cousin had a Chicken and Mushroom Risotto ($24.50 main). The full menu can be found here. The Carbonara was a little disappointing compared to the rich sauces that I create when I make it at home this meal seemed less flavoured and rich as well as a thinner sauce. The Risotto on the other hand was well received and so filling that my cousin was unable to finish it. We also had another friend from Perth come along for the meal

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Carbonara.

Bolognase.

Bolognase.

Risotto.

Risotto.

Side of Chips.

Side of Chips.

To go with our meals my cousin and I ordered glasses of wine each. I had a glass of 2009 Serafino Chardonnay ($8.5) and my review of the wine can be found in this post. My cousin selected a glass of the 2012 Grant Burge Moscato from the Barossa Valley ($8.5).

The atmosphere of the restaurant was bustling and relaxed. Service was quite hard to come by when we had our meals slowly trickling out of the kitchen. The gentleman who I believe was the owner was a delightful man to meet and had such a cheeky and vibrant personality that drew us into the restaurant. For being seated right by the kitchen and bar and next to the main thoroughfare in the restaurant it was hard to get a waiter to ask for the rest of our dishes and some parmesan for the pasta.

Overall I was disappointed by my meal and the service, others that I was dining with were content with their meals however.

Until next time!

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Melba, Melbourne

Hi Everyone,

My last night in Melbourne this month was spent having dinner at Melba Restaurant located in the Langham Hotel. The restaurant was buffet styled, however the food on offer ranged from seafood, to pasta prepared to order, roast station, Indian station, made to order sashimi station to a wide selection of cheeses, salads and cold meats. This link will take you to a sample menu for what could be offered for dinner in the buffet at Melba.

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Their selection of cheese’s reminded me of the cheese platter I had at Quarter on Hay in Perth. I thoroughly enjoyed myself with a sample of a small selection of these for a starter while I eyed off the different buffet stations and planned my dinner.

Selection of cheeses.

Selection of cheeses.

I started at the Roast Station where I had a selection of pork, beef, chicken, lamb, vegetables and a selection of sauces to accompany. The meat was cooked well and the selection available led me to grab a small piece of everything I could so I could try as much of what they had as my stomach would take.

Roasted meats station.

Roasted meats station.

There was a sashimi section where you could select from a range of fresh raw fish to have sushi made for you on the spot. I tend to avoid raw fish and so was a little disappointed I could not try any of the tantalising sushi, which I had seen at other tables in the restaurant.

Seafood.

Seafood.

While I was sampling from the roast station others dining with me had headed off to the Indian station for tandoori chicken, saffron rice and naan cooked to order.

After finishing our first plateful we discovered the pasta station where you saw your pasta being cooked in front of you with ingredients of your choice. I wish I had filmed the guy as he casually created a delicious masterpiece for me all the while conversing with me.

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After we had our fill of pasta we intended to get another plate of food however we wandered past the desert station and didn’t manage to make it any further. The variety of deserts available for selection made for a very tough decision, especially when a chocolate fountain was included – I was in desert heaven!

Deserts galore!

Deserts galore!

Selection of deserts from Melba plus cupcakes from Little Cupcakes.

Selection of deserts from Melba plus cupcakes from Little Cupcakes.

For those who love their seafood then this restaurant is one to check out while you’re in Melbourne. There was also a selection of prawns, oysters, crabs, you name it included in the buffet. I’m not a big fan of shellfish and seafood in general so I passed on this selection however the presentation looked fantastic!

Last was the cocktails that we had over the night. While their wine menu had many interesting options I had a quick flick through the cocktail list and saw an Apple Crumbletini and was instantly sold. We also ordered their Strawberries and Cream cocktail and their Passionfruit Mojito. All three cocktails were delicious and a good way to end our time in Melbourne.

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Apple Crumbetini and Strawberries & Cream

Passionfruit Mojito.

Passionfruit Mojito.

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and will have to return next time I am in Melbourne so that I can attempt to make it to every single station in the restaurant as well as getting the chance to try a few more of their cocktails which looked very tantalising on the menu. Service was also fantastic and the view over the Yarra River and Melbourne at the sun was setting made for a perfect and relaxing end to a quite hectic trip to Melbourne.

Until next time!

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Funtastico, Subiaco

Hi everyone,

My Subiaco lunch friend and I could only arrange a dinner catch up with all the hecticness of the Christmas and New Year period. I was in the mood for a little bit of comfort carbs after having spent the afternoon dealing with graduation mishaps at University. With my request in mind my friend suggested Fantastico, having been there in the past with her family and I’m glad she did!

We both picked out a Pasta dish each and had a serve of fries with aioli for us to share. I decided upon the Ravioli Napoletana which was delicious and just hit the spot for what I was looking for! With my dish I had a glass of Cape Mentelle’s Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, it was a nice crisp and refreshing drink for the hot evening meal.

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Ravioli Napoletana ($28).

My friend chose Penne Con Funghi Di Bosco E Pancetta which was one of the other dishes I had been eyeing off on the menu. My friend was impressed with her meal also and like my dish the plate was bare when she was done with it.

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Penne Con Funghi Di Bosco E Pancetta ($29).

The aioli that came with the fries was delightful! The chips as well were cooked quite nicely and were also quite handy for mopping up the last bits of sauce on my plate.

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Patate Fritte with Aioli ($10.8)

The service at Funtastico was good, especially considering there was a few large and quite loud groups in the restaurant at the same time as us. We ended up finishing our meal in Subiaco at Gelare as my friend was in want of a strawberry ice-cream cone. I would happily return to Funtastico for a pizza and to try their deserts as they did look delightful when we went in but we had already decided upon Gelare for desert as we walked to the restaurant.

 The menus of Funtastico can be found here.

Until next time!

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Pizza Bella Roma, Fremantle

Hi everyone,

Bit of a backlog of restaurant and meal reviews so I thought I would post this one today and tomorrow!

After attending Beer Royale at the Sail and Anchor in Fremantle a few weekends ago BF was in need of food and I was in need of a glass of wine so we opted for Pizza Bella Roma, a well loved italian restaurant along the cappuccino strip in Fremantle.

Carbonara.

BF had the Carbonara with a beer while I had the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio and a glass of Omaka Spring Sauvignon Blanc off the limited wines list.

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio.

The wine was nothing special for me. However it received a much welcomed sigh after all the beer I had just sampled and tried to not mind too greatly, much to BF’s amusement/disgust.

Omaka Sauvignon Blanc.

The pasta was nice and filled us nicely so we couldn’t complain. The menu’s that Pizza Bella Roma uses however was disappointing. Personally paper menu’s should not be seen in a restaurant that has been around in Fremantle for as long as Pizza Bella Roma.

Until next time!

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