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Rice & Pasta Dishes
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Rice & Pasta Dishes
Advantages: Healthy, tasty and cheap
It is not a secret that, as a student, money is tight and pasta & tomato sauce is something you love because its cheap but hate because it gets boring very, very quickly. Having been a student for 2 years now I know my way around all kinds of pasta dishes and can prepare dinner for two people for 80pence. The typical Tesco Value pasta, Tesco Value chopped tomatoes, half an onion and a bit of garlic might be cheap but I really cannot eat it more than once a week.
With pure desperation and some plain and simple luck these following dishes made in in our dinner rotation. The most important qualities are: you do not have to be an expert chef, they are cheap and they are tasty. Read on for the insight into a student kitchen of value meals but surprisingly delicious pasta!
- - - - Tuna Pasta Bake - - - -
What you need for this dish can be found at every supermarket and should not cost more than 1£ per person. It is one of my favourite dishes because a) I do love pesto and b) the tuna is a more healthy option than meat.
For two people you need:
400g of pasta
1 small jar of red pesto
1 tin of tuna
1 small tin of black olives
cheese for baking
Boil the pasta in salt water until al dente - which is soft but still firm when you bite on it - and set aside. For the sauce drain the tuna and fry for a couple of minutes until it starts to crisp a bit. Add the chopped olives and the red pesto. Simply stir until heated and mix with the pasta. The dish itself can be eaten like this or placed into an oven proof dish and baked with a cheese topping.
The tuna pasta bake fulfils most of mu food criteria, it is very easy to make and with 1£ per person quite cheap. With the different varieties of pesto available you can mix up the base that you use. Personally I think green pesto and tuna does not mix to well but the walnut version one can get at Tesco is delicious! It is quite a homely dish that works well as comfort food and can easily be prepared for loads of people. Enjoy!
- - - - Cold pasta salad - - - - -
This is my absolute favourite dish and I could not get enough of it in Italy. The flavours of the olive oil, the sweet cherry tomatoes and the garlic just remind you of those sunny places in warm countries that you would love to live in for the rest of your live!
For the sauce you need:
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes
1 a small bits of garlic
1 red onion
The preparation is fairly simple. Just half the cherry tomatoes and place in a big salad bowl. Add olive oil and the vinegar. Personally I prefer balsamic but you can use malt vinegar instead as well. Now chop the onion and the garlic very, very thinly or use one of these kitchen slicers for extra speed. Add to the tomatoes with chopped basil and refine with salt to taste. By now the sauce should taste like a tasty, Italian tomato salad. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge for at least 1 hours. 2 hours should usually do the trick quite well.
In the mean time boil the pasta in salt water; short pasta sorts are better than spaghetti for this dish.
Once the pasta is cooked al dente drain and set aside to cool down. Sufficiently cooled down simply add to the tomatoes and stir thoroughly.
The different flavours go very well with each other and create a super tasty dish suitable for vegetarians. It is not the cheapest but one could substitute the cheer with normal tomatoes and use malt vinegar instead of balsamic. The one thing were I would never safe money on is good quality olive oil - it is the heart and soul of most pasta dishes!
Summary: Two very tasty pasta dishes
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