Pantry Pasta

Pantry Pasta
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Sounds good and easy. I am looking forward to testing out the trick with the egg yolks. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Pantry Pasta
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Sounds good and easy. I am looking forward to testing out the trick with the egg yolks. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 180 C. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Cut the bread into 1/3 to 1/2 inch cubes. Toss the cubes with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Spread the bread cubes in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes but keep an eye on them. Remove from the oven and set aside. There, you just made croutons which will be used for a topping at the end.
  2. Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the onion, garlic, salt, and red pepper, cook until the onion is golden brown.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and mix in the parsley, capers, and 1 to 2 teaspoons of lemon or lime juice. Set aside.
  4. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until tender. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the pasta water and drain the rest.
  5. In a medium bowl, add the egg yolks, slowly whisk in the reserved pasta water, then whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  6. Place the pan back on low heat and add the well drained pasta to the pan, pour the egg mixture over the pasta and toss to combine the pasta with the egg mixture and the contents in the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes to warm everything through.
  7. Divide among 4 bowls and top with the croutons you made and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
Recipe Notes

Low cost. When I make this, I will also cook up some Italian sausage to go with this.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini II

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini II
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Sounds good. Several cooking methods used but ultimately this will be a baked casserole.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
45 minutes
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Sounds good. Several cooking methods used but ultimately this will be a baked casserole.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken & Broth
Remaining Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. To make the broth, add the chicken, onion, carrot, and celery to a large pot with the 7 cups of water. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cook for about 20-30 minutes. Remove the pot from the burner and let it cool to room temp on its own, this will give good tender and juicy chicken.
  2. Once cooled, remove the chicken to a cutting board.
  3. Pour the liquid in the pot through a strainer, discard contents of the strainer, return the broth to the same pot. Now you have fresh homemade broth, wasn't that simple and easy?
  4. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Butter a 9x13 baking dish and set that aside.
  5. Bring the broth to a boil and add the pasta and cook until it is just tender. Remove the pot from the burner and let sit for 5 minutes.
  6. While the pasta is sitting (it is soaking up flavor), go ahead and cut the chicken into bite size pieces, set aside.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, add the two soups, garlic and onion powders, and half the cheese. Mix together. Now you are ready to put this together.
  8. Drain the pasta. Place half the pasta in the baking dish and spread out to an even layer.
  9. Layer half the chicken on top.
  10. Spread half the soup mixture on the top.
  11. Repeat the layers then sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes, serve with a salad for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

Three good sized chicken breasts might, just might, cost 65 Baht. Without running the numbers, this is a Low Cost meal for sure.

Shortcuts: Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Turkey or Chicken Noodle Soup

Turkey or Chicken Noodle Soup
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This is a from a good friend and it sounds wonderful, I really like the addition of the potatoes. This recipe as listed is for using leftover turkey or chicken, which is perfect, especially with a leftover turkey. If you wish to make this with fresh chicken, or even turkey legs or wings, use the fresh meat to make the broth with trinity (carrot, onion, celery) first, then proceed as this is written. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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This is a from a good friend and it sounds wonderful, I really like the addition of the potatoes. This recipe as listed is for using leftover turkey or chicken, which is perfect, especially with a leftover turkey. If you wish to make this with fresh chicken, or even turkey legs or wings, use the fresh meat to make the broth with trinity (carrot, onion, celery) first, then proceed as this is written. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10-12 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. I boiled 5 chicken quarters, separated, and made the broth for this soup. Here is the chopped leg and thigh meat, fork tender and juicy.
  2. Add the broth and water to a large pot and the salt, note the differences between sea salt and table salt as well. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. For the carrots, if using large Thai carrots, only need two, go ahead and dice those, if using the slender carrots like in the US, slice those into rings and add them to the pot once the water is boiling. Add the bay leaves as well. Add the broken pasta to the pot.
  4. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and add the olive oil, when hot, add the celery and onion, saute until golden and soft then add to the soup pot with the soup.
  5. Add the chicken or turkey meat to the pot, also add the Mrs. Dash seasoning and black pepper. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your desired liking.
  6. Simmer the soup until the potatoes and carrots are tender.
  7. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Recipe Notes

For a leftover dish, this is low cost as the turkey or chicken is already paid for in another recipe. If using fresh chicken to make a chicken soup, still low cost for 10 servings.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

This recipe for Turkey Noodle Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Skillet Pasta Limone

Skillet Pasta Limone
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Sounds really good, and the beauty of this, it is all cooked at one time, in one skillet, how easy is that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Sounds really good, and the beauty of this, it is all cooked at one time, in one skillet, how easy is that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can use a heavy walled pot or a large deep skillet for this dish, either will work well. I will use the term skillet.
  2. To a large deep, non stick skillet, add the water, pasta, leeks, garlic, lemon zest, basil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring often, until the water is nearly gone and the pasta is cooked to tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon juice and grated cheese and toss to combine.
  4. Serve, garnish with chopped basil and lemon zest.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pasta with Sardines II

Pasta with Sardines II
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Another great sounding recipe for sardines canned in olive oil. On my to cook list. If you are adventurous, you can make sardines in olive yourself, very easy. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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Another great sounding recipe for sardines canned in olive oil. On my to cook list. If you are adventurous, you can make sardines in olive yourself, very easy. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, then add the spaghetti and cook until just tender, drain, rinse under cold water, toss with 1/4 cup of olive oil, cover and set aside.
  2. Open the tins of sardines and drain the oil into a non stick pan, heat the pan over medium heat then add the garlic and saute until just golden brown, then add the sardines, breaking them up a it with the spatula, and saute another minute or so more,
  3. Stir in the breadcrumbs and cheese, when mixed in, add the parsley, black pepper, remove from heat and add the pasta and mix, serve.
Recipe Notes

For sardines in olive oil, I have only seen one brand, Ayam, for 59 Baht per 120 gram tin, these are very good. If you make your own sardines in olive oil, you can reduce this price just a bit. Using 2 tins of sardines and 4 servings, this is about 87 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Sardines in Olive Oil, Seasoned Breadcrumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cheese & Pepper Pasta (Cacio e Pepe)

Cheese & Pepper Pasta (Cacio e Pepe)
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The Italian translates into basically cheese and pepper pasta, since I am not teaching Italian, I will go with cheese and pepper pasta. For the Italians viewing this, no, it is not correct, nor is the cheese used but it sounds tasty so it is on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Cheese & Pepper Pasta (Cacio e Pepe)
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The Italian translates into basically cheese and pepper pasta, since I am not teaching Italian, I will go with cheese and pepper pasta. For the Italians viewing this, no, it is not correct, nor is the cheese used but it sounds tasty so it is on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until just tender, drain and set aside. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and melt the butter, then add the black pepper and whisk that into the butter.
  3. Add the pasta and mix well with the butter and pepper. Then add the cheese and toss well to mix that in. Mix in the pasta water.
  4. Serve, garnish with Parmesan cheese, fresh parsley, and black pepper if desired.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get the cheese next time in the city, for now I will say fair priced.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Mom’s Meatball Soup

Mom's Meatball Soup
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. This is absolutely delicious! I made this on 26 July 2017, and as I predicted, big hit with the Thai family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Not my Mom, Natasha's Mom. This is absolutely delicious! I made this on 26 July 2017, and as I predicted, big hit with the Thai family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12-16 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Soup
For the Meatballs
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the water, potatoes, and salt listed for the soup to a large pot on high heat and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes to soften the potatoes.
  2. Reduce the temp to maintain a medium simmer on the pot, add the carrots and the spaghetti pieces to the pot.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients listed For the Meatballs. Once mixed well, use your hands to roll small meatballs, no need for perfection here, as you make them, add them to the soup. They will cook in the hot water and make the broth for the soup. (I chopped up 3 spring onions and added those as well after the meatballs were added.)
  4. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add the 3 tablespoons of cooking oil, your choice of oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and celery, cook until softened then add this to the soup.
  5. Soup is simmering after the onion and celery were added.
  6. While stirring the soup, pour in the lightly beaten egg. Season with the dill, black pepper and Mrs. Dash Seasoning. (I also added the chopped tops of the celery.)
  7. Serve with fresh bread.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork at Tesco will cost about 100 Baht/kilo, another option is to grind your own pork with the medium plate on your grinder, use pork shoulder for this as fat is needed. Pork shoulder is also about 100 Baht/kilo. For 12 servings, this is about 25 cents per serving, very reasonable.

Shortcut: Mrs. Dash Seasoning.

This recipe for Mom's Meatball Soup is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Pasta all’amatriciana

Pasta all’amatriciana
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This dish originates in the town of Amatrice in Italy. Originally a peasant dish made with simple ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Pasta all’amatriciana
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This dish originates in the town of Amatrice in Italy. Originally a peasant dish made with simple ingredients.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the pancetta and red pepper flakes until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Add the wine, scraping the bottom of the pan to gather any browned bits until wine is nearly all evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer, season with black pepper, reduce heat to low and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.
  3. While sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta until just tender. Using tongs, transfer cooked pasta to the sauce and about ¼ cup of pasta water, stirring quickly until incorporated. If the sauce is too thick, add a bit more of the pasta water.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht for the bacon, on average, there is plenty of choices. For 4 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Shrimp Scampi Pasta
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Sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling lightly salted water and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the pasta is just tender. Drain pasta and set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Cook the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes, if using, until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan, set aside and keep warm.
  3. Add the wine and lemon juice to the same pan and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta. Stir well and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

If using Small White Vanamike shrimp from Tesco, these would cost about 100 Baht/500 grams. You may get them for less from a local farmer. For 4 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Garland Davis, US Navy Cook (Ret).
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Amish Church Soup

Amish Church Soup
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This is a one pot dish and only 6 ingredients. The original recipe called for a quart of beef, I take that, thinking of the name Amish, as this is a quart jar of canned beef, which would be good. If you can your own beef, perfect, or do what I will do and just use ground beef.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Amish Church Soup
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This is a one pot dish and only 6 ingredients. The original recipe called for a quart of beef, I take that, thinking of the name Amish, as this is a quart jar of canned beef, which would be good. If you can your own beef, perfect, or do what I will do and just use ground beef.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the pasta, potatoes, and onion. add water to cover by 2-3 inches and cook until the potatoes are tender. Do not drain.
  2. Add the ground beef or canned beef to the pot and cook until the ground beef is cooked through or warmed through if using canned beef. Skim off most of the fat.
  3. Serve as is or with sandwiches.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 200 Baht/1 kilo of beef. For 6 servings, this is about 98 cents per serving.

If you are cutting back on beef, you can used beef soup base in place of the beef.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.