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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Pork Ragu

Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Wine Garlic Shrimp

White Wine Garlic Shrimp
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Sounds really good and pretty straight forward recipe as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pan on medium heat, melt the butter and add the garlic and saute for a minute or so, then add the shrimp in a single layer and cook for about 2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set them aside.
  2. Same pan, add the wine and tomatoes and cook for several minutes, then stir in the milk and cream and cook for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the spinach and stir until wilted, Taste and season as needed with salt and pepper, then stir in the Parmesan. Simmer until the cheese is melted and the sauce thickened.
  4. Return the shrimp to the pan and stir them in to fully coat the shrimp, cook for another minute or two to warm the shrimp through.
  5. Serve over pasta or rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large white shrimp from Tesco, you may find them cheaper from local fishermen or farms. For 2 servings, this is about $2.20 per serving.

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

Creamy Shrimp Pasta
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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
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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This comes from a good friend, and her recipes have never failed me. I love pasta and shrimp, this sounds absolutely wonderful, on my to cook list.
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. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water until just tender, drain, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the shrimp and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika or according to your taste. Toss the shrimp to make sure they are all seasoned.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and add the oil, when hot, add the shrimp and stir often to cook until pink on all sides, takes just a few minutes then quickly remove them from the pan to a plate.
  4. Same pan, add the butter and onion and cook, stirring often until golden brown, then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute. Now stir in the white wine and cook this to reduce to 25% of the liquid remaining in the pan.
  5. When the wine is reduced, stir in the cream and bring to a low boil then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes. Now sprinkle on the Parmesan and stir only until smooth and creamy, simmer for a minute or two then turn off the heat, do not let it get to a boil. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, and paprika as desired.
  6. Stir in the shrimp then the pasta and toss to coat the pasta.
  7. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan and parsley.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht/500 grams of large shrimp. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

This recipe for Creamy Shrimp Pasta is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Caesar Chicken

Caesar Chicken
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This sounds really good. For where I live, Caesar dressing is not stocked in town, only in the city, but Italian dressing is stocked and can be made into Caesar dressing, win win. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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This sounds really good. For where I live, Caesar dressing is not stocked in town, only in the city, but Italian dressing is stocked and can be made into Caesar dressing, win win. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Optional, for a thicker crust
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C, lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. Sprinkle the meat on both sides with black pepper and some of the Parmesan cheese, do not use any salt. Place the chicken in the baking dish.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup of salad dressing over each piece, then sprinkle remaining Parmesan on each one. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until juices run clear.
  4. Change the oven to broil and continue to cook the chicken for 2-4 minutes or until the chicken is nice and golden colored. Remove from the oven and cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice, and a vegetable.
Optional, for a thicker crust
  1. Mix the sour cream into the dressing, and just follow the steps above as stated.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken, and 150 Baht for the Parmesan. For 4 servings, this is about $1.62 per serving.

Shortcuts: Caesar Salad Dressing, Sour Cream.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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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 Sand

Pasta with Sand
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This sounds like a easy and nice light pasta dish to enjoy with a green salad. This is a base recipe. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
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This sounds like a easy and nice light pasta dish to enjoy with a green salad. This is a base recipe. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted water until just tender, drain well and place in a large serving bowl.
  2. Before the pasta is done, heat a non stick pan with the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add and cook the garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds, add the red pepper flakes and salt to desired preference then add the breadcrumbs and mix well ensuring the breadcrumbs are saturated with the oil, if they look a bit dry, add a tablespoon of butter at a time and mix in to get the desired consistency.
  3. Pour the breadcrumb mixture into the pasta and toss to mix together.
  4. Serve with Parmesan cheese available for topping. A green salad as a side would make this a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Breadcrumbs.

Variant: 1. Add a few anchovies when cooking the garlic.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

French Onion Soup Casserole

French Onion Soup Casserole
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If anything, this does sound interesting. I will have to give this a try. I will have to research sweet onions here, all I have ever seen is a regulation yellow onion.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
French Onion Soup Casserole
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If anything, this does sound interesting. I will have to give this a try. I will have to research sweet onions here, all I have ever seen is a regulation yellow onion.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 1/2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a pot over low heat, add onions and stir, cover and stir occasionally, cooking for about 30 minutes.
  2. Add the broth and Worcestershire sauce and stir in and increase to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes and the broth will reduce a lot.
  3. While the broth is reducing, preheat your oven to 180 C and grease a baking dish, I would say an 8x8 or 7x11, with butter. Lightly toast the French bread, you can do that while heating the oven.
  4. Pour the onion mixture into the prepared baking dish. Add the toast slices to the top in an even layer and space them out about 1/2 inch apart.
  5. Add the Mozzarella over the toast, then the Parmesan. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and nicely browned.
  6. Let rest for a few minutes, serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Cheese is the only costly items here. Figure about 90 Baht for the Mozzarella. For 4 servings, this is about 66 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Ground Beef Pizza

Ground Beef Pizza
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Sounds really good and is a change up from the thick (think lots of fillings) pizzas that I normally make. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Ground Beef Pizza
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Sounds really good and is a change up from the thick (think lots of fillings) pizzas that I normally make. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
18-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the warm water and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar, then sprinkle in the yeast and stir in until that is dissolved. Let this stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix together the flour and salt then mix in the oil. When 5 minutes have passed, add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture and stir to form a soft dough. Turn out dough onto a floured work surface and kneed for about 5 minutes until dough is soft and elastic.
  3. Shape dough into a ball and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet, flatten lightly. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  4. While the dough is rising, cook the ground beef in a non stick skillet and break it up as it cooks, season with salt pepper as desired. Drain then add the pasta sauce to the ground beef and mix together.
  5. Heat your oven to 250 C. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts, pat each one into about a 7 inch circle. Should be able to put 2 on each baking sheet.
  6. Top each pizza with 1/4 of the meat sauce, then 1/4 of the Mozzarella. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 170 Baht for the Mozzarella cheese, the beef about 50 Baht for 250 grams. For 6 servings, this is about $1.08 per serving, depending on the toppings you wish to add, this will increase the cost per serving.

Variants: 1. Add toppings of your choice, such as sliced bell pepper, onion, cooked bacon, cooked Italian sausage, chopped spring onion, slice green olives, pepperoni, etc. 2. Change the Mozzarella to a different cheese, like a 4 blend cheese.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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