As we move more and more to finding meat-alternatives, Jackfruit is proved to be a relatively cheap, arguably more eco-friendly crop and absolutely delicious alternative. Here is a list of top jackfruit recipes!
This is my absolute go-to Italian Tomato Pasta Sauce recipe, it is a delicious Italian marinara sauce recipe made from scratch. The depth of flavour makes this sauce so moreish and incredibly irresistible! A classic Italian tomato pasta sauce is made with red wine, this is an ingredient I won’t skip but I also add in a secret ingredient which brings even more life to this recipe! This makes a delicious spaghetti sauce and I often make it in large batches and freeze down some portions for those lazy days when I need a quick but deliciously filling meal!
Uses for Italian Pasta Sauce Recipe
I love the simplicity of this sauce. Give me a bowl of pasta, a spoonful of this sauce, topped with Parmigiano and i’m in heaven. But this recipe can be a base for your tomato sauce, throw in some cooked veggies like carrots, aubergine and courgette for a vegetable pasta sauce. Or turn this into a Spaghetti Sauce, by cooking off your ground meat, lentils or vegan alternative mince. This sauce can be used for Lasagne , Chilli con carne, or any kind of Bolognese. It’s unbeatable an absolutely delicious!
Italian Pasta Sauce Recipe Ingredients
This recipe is a tomato based sauce, I use passata (tomatoes cooked without seeds or skins) as it gives the powerful concentrated tomato flavour whilst still giving volume. If you prefer to use fresh tomatoes, just whizz them up in the blender before to achieve a smoother sauce.
Onions (shallots or white onion, garlic and a generous lug of olive oil. Salt, pepper and mixed Italian dried herbs, like basil, oregano, parsley, coriander, sage, thyme and rosemary (whatever you have to hand!). Next to add the secret ingredient; brown molasses sugar. Just a small amount but enough to bring sweetness to complement the acidic tomato flavour. The passata is added to create the tomato base. Finally not to be forgotten the red wine, I go for a Chianti but any dry red wine will be great! If you want to skip using wine you can substitute with balsamic or red wine vinegar.
How to make pasta sauce from scratch
I think pasta is my favourite food, I could literally eat it every day. Paired with my love for Italy & Italian food, I always experiment on flavours and ingredients when making pasta sauce. I love that this sauce is freezable, make it in a large batch and store in freezer bags in the freezer for later.
For this recipe, you will need a wide frying pan with a fitted lid. The key to cooking a delicious a delicious sauce is to cook the ingredient in stages. Firstly the oil, onions and garlic need to be cooked for around 5 minutes until translucent. Then add in the herbs, salt & pepper and fry off and infuse into the onions & garlic for a few minutes. The brown sugar is added and gets cooked off for a few minutes to caramelise the onions. Add in the passata and stir well. The sauce should be happily bubbling away round the edges of the pan. After this is combined, drizzle in the red wine and stir. Cover with the lid and leave to simmer on a low heat for a further 10 minutes.
Use immediately whilst hot – absolutely delicious! Add in ingredients like cooked veggies, meat or grains (See below some ideas)! The sauce will keep in the fridge for 5 days in a airtight container. You can also pop in a container or freezer bag to store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw the sauce first and use a spoonful of spare pasta water to loosen it up if it’s a bit thick!
Italian Pasta Sauce Recipe
- 3 Shallots (1 lg yellow onion)
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Mixed Italian herbs
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 500 g Tomato Passata
- 150 ml Dry Red Wine
- For this recipe, you need a wide frying pan with a fitted lid. Peel & dice the onions and mince the garlic. Add into the pan with the olive oil.
- Cook on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes until translucent.
- Then add the herbs, salt & pepper to the pan, and fry off to infuse for a couple of minutes.
- Add in the brown sugar and cook for a further 2 minutes to create a caramelization of the onions.
- Next, add in the passata and stir well for a minute before adding in the red wine.
- The sauce should be bubbling away round the edges of the pan. Cover with the lid and leave to simmer on a low heat for a further 10 minutes.
- Use immediately whilst hot – see in the post for some ideas to add in. The sauce will keep in the fridge for 5 days in a airtight container. You can also pop in a container or freezer bag to store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw the sauce first and use a spoonful of spare pasta water to loosen it up if it's a bit thick!
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Homemade vegan worcestershire sauce and is much easier to make than traditional recipes and gives a substitute for anchovies. Click to see how to make it and ideas on what worcestershire sauce is used for.
These Christmas spiced nuts are easy & simple and make such a mouth-watering healthy roasted nuts snack. Sweet and spicy roasted almonds are great to serve as nibbles during the festive period! Glaze the nuts in cinnamon and festive seasoning to make delicious Christmas roasted almonds.
This recipe is part of our Christmas Hamper recipes series as it is a great homemade gifting idea. Click the link for more inspiration on building a food Christmas Hamper!
Roasted almonds nutrition
Almonds are full of health benefits, being high in protein and an excellent source of vitamin E. If we compare raw almonds against a roasted almonds, the healthy differences are quite minimal. One portion of dry roasted almonds (28g) equates to 167kcal (vs one raw almond portion is 161kcal). The difference appears depending on what we add to the roast. Our recipes use minimal amount of sugar & very small amount of salt in the spice mix. The use of coconut oil lowers the fat content. To understand the full nutrition, see below the recipe for the nutrition facts.
- Raw Almonds (experiment with other nuts like cashews or peanuts)
- Christmas Spice Mix – use this spice blend for many recipes like Christmas Cakes & Biscuits, Christmas Chutney & Festive Latte – worth making a jar for all your holiday baking! Make this mix with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, orange zest, ginger & cloves and a pinch of salt.
- Brown Sugar – can alternatively use whichever sugar you have available, I love using brown sugar as it brings a deeper caramelised flavour
- Coconut Oil to keep it healthy but use sunflower oil as an alternative
How to make Christmas Spiced Nuts
To make this recipe, you’ll need raw almonds in their shells. The next step is to smother them in our Christmas Spice Mix (click here to make), added with brown sugar and coconut oil to allow the spice mix to coat the nuts. Roasted the almonds for 20 minutes, it is important to toss them half way through roasting for an even bake!
Christmas Hamper Gifting
We packed these nuts in recycled cellophane bags then added Christmas ribbon to decorate. Alternatively store the nuts in a jar and add to a Christmas Hamper as part of a gift basket. Click the link below to see more ideas & recipes to build your own Christmas Hamper to give to your loved ones. Check out all our recipes here!
Christmas Spiced Nuts
- 200 g Raw almonds
- 2 tsp Christmas Spice Mix See how to make below
- 2 tsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- Preheat the oven to 150°C.
- Combine all ingredients freezer bag, seal and shake well to combine. Alternatively can mix all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well to coat the nuts in the spice
- Lay out the nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet.
- Cook for 10 minutes then toss and shake the nuts around to ensure and even roast. Bake for a further 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven an the nuts should be caramelised and crispy. Leave to cool before serving.
- Store in a jar or bag for up to 2 months
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Christmas Chutney recipe is a perfect condiment & Christmas Hamper gift, it’s vegan & gluten free made using cranberries, apples & nutmeg – utterly delicious!
Harissa seasoning is a blend of spices and hot peppers, which is commonly made as a paste form made with oil. So we want to share with you our super quick recipe for recreating an easy homemade harissa seasoning.
What is Harissa?
A classic Harissa spice blend is known for its sweet and smoky flavour yet most importantly it will bring lots of spice and heat to your dish. Coming from Tunisia and is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. This paste is usually used as a marinade or as a dip. Our recipe below is an easy homemade powder of dry spice blend.
Ingredients in Harissa Seasoning
To make Harissa paste will need dried chillies and roasted pepper. This will bring a vibrant red colour to the dish. For the dry mix , we will use chillies, smoked paprika and traditional harissa spices such as coriander, caraway and cumin as well as garlic and salt.
How to use Harissa Seasoning
I don’t eat a whole lot of spicy foods, but I do enjoy heat every now and again. Which is why this powder is great to make then store away in the cupboard until next time.
Harissa powder works great as a rub for seasoning onto meat joints like steaks and chicken. It is also a perfect spice blend to add to Middle Eastern dishes like stews and soups. I add a teaspoon of the seasoning per person to the dish.
I commonly use harrisa powder as a seasoning for couscous or on roasted vegetables and chickpeas – really delicious!
- 6 tbsp Chilli 48g
- 3 tbsp Smoked Paprika 21g
- 3 tbsp Coriander 15g
- 3 tbsp Cumin 18g
- 4 tsp Caraway 9g
- 4 tsp Garlic Powder 13g
- 3 tsp Salt 17g
- If you have all the ingredients as pre-ground spices, add the quantities together in a airtight jar and shake well to combine
- If you have the whole roasted spices, combine into a pestle and mortar and grind until fine powder
This seasoning is vegan and gluten free, to see more recipes like this search here.
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This is a straightforward BBQ sauce recipe with a sweet and tangy flavour goes great with so many meals, optional to add in a dash of whiskey for an extra kick! This recipe is vegan and gluten free.