Pasta bake & Chocolate and pear cake – Everyone’s kitchen

It is the first week of having 2 cooking groups and we had a great day for that!

On the menu

Vegetable pasta bake

Chocolate pear cake

Harvest of the day

  • Side salad: Chives, lettuce, rocket, tomatoes
  • Edible flower: Cornflower, Alyssum for decorating the cake
  • Pasta bake: Pepper, Parsley, organo, thyme

Vegetable Pasta bake 

Ingredients

  • 14 0z (400g) dried pasta shapes I used rigatoni
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large red onion peeled and chopped into wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper de-seeded and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper de-seeded and chopped into large chunks
  • 1 large or 2 small courgette (zucchini) chopped into chunks
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 28 oz (2 x 400g) tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) double (heavy) cream
  • 3 packed cups (100g) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 packed cup (100g) strong cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 packed cup (100g) mozzarella grated
  • Small bunch parsley roughly torn

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 190c/375f. Boil a large pan of water and cook the pasta for 1 minute less than recommended on the pack. Drain.

Whilst the pasta is cooking, heat the oil on a medium heat, in a large frying pan. Add the red onion and cook for a 3-4 minutes until the onion started to soften.

Add the chopped peppers, courgette, salt, pepper, garlic, tomato puree, oregano and thyme. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the tinned tomatoes and cream, bring to a gentle bubble, then add the pasta and spinach. Stir everything together, then transfer to a large baking dish.

Top with the cheddar and mozzarella, and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the cheese is golden brown.

Take out of the oven and top with parsley before serving.

Chocolate pear cake

Haaaaa this chocolate cake … Two attempts and it wasn’t quite there. Well, that only means we need to bake more, eat more cakes to find the finest recipe! Easily done 😀

Here is the recipe of a chocolate cake previously made during the cooking workshop!

Published by Nadegegrows

Garden Assistant/Tend and Share project worker

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