Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Rach Eats Lunch: Cheesy Tomato Spaghetti

Easy cheesy tomato Brie spaghetti recipe

So... how was your Christmas?! Right now, I actually can't comment, because it's only the 13th of November, but I can imagine it was probably pretty good, thanks! On Saturday I went Christmas shopping and bought a few little bits. I was most impressed with the Paddington Bear marmalade I scored in M&S... of course, I gave it to myself! Who else?! If I come in and edit this properly just after Christmas I might actually tell you the highlights... wait, lemme put that in my phone... Anyway, my brother is still in New York at the moment and is having a brilliant time. There's been a lot of BBQ food and pancakes, and alcohol, and insane landscape pictures. No word of a lie, all those TV shows and movies about America showing the smaller towns and cities, well... they're absolutely correct. They're real! Even those traffic lights that seemingly dangle from a crane... they're real. Absolutely bonkers.

Obviously, it was Christmas on Monday, and I had a really lovely day. It was very chilled out and laidback - my brother (and Mum) schemed together and bought me a rather fabulous recipe planner for the blog. You know how I've got all of these recipes online? Well... it's now my goal to carry it on and write it down, so that I've always got it. It was so, so thoughtful and lovely and I absolutely adore it. Plus it says WTF on the front. (WTF meaning Where's The Food? by the way) Oh, and speaking of food - I got wind after all the turkey. Meat sweats, proper wind, feeling like I was going to be sick. Proper full-on indigestion. Nice. Well, I didn't feel well enough for pudding after lunch, but I did eat some cheeseboard in the evening, and I tried prosecco. Which was absolutely hilarious because I compared the taste to Stilton. Yes, I was a bit drunk. Never done that before. Oops.

So, today's recipe is ideal for those times when you're after a quick, easy meal after Christmas, but have ran out of turkey (or your vegetarian alternative) or are just sick of it. This meal is ideal (ha) because it only needs a few storecupboard ingredients (think tinned tomato) and the remnants of your cheeseboard, if you can bear to save some. It has to be said, I am a fan of eating soft cheese with the rind on. I don't know if you actually should, but I don't care. It doesn't add too much to it or make it taste gross, so I'm fine with that. Saves all that annoying unwrapping the cheese with a knife. Anyways, this recipe is filling and delicious and you should try it.

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Easy Cheesy Tomato Spaghetti
Got a cheeseboard? Good, you're going to need it.
  • 125g dried spaghetti
  • 200g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 70g French Brie, rind off (just for today)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • 1 little shake dried parsley
  • 10g grated cheddar cheese (optional)
Start off by measuring out the tinned tomato into a saucepan. Blend them down if they are plum tomatoes as they're a little too big for this operation. Begin to heat the tomatoes on the stove, stirring in the garlic, salt and pepper, until piping hot.In a separate pan (or a fancy pasta pot, you choose), boil up some water and gently add in the spaghetti. Gently dunk in the spaghetti as it softens and regularly stir it. Boil it up until the spaghetti is completely cooked through, then drain it off and leave the spaghetti in the pan with the lid on.Put the tomato sauce on a very low heat. Stir in the brie frequently until it completely melts. The sauce should take on a new colour now - sort of orangey!Pour over the tomato sauce into the spaghetti and stir it up until it's coated. Pop it on a plate, shake over a bit of dried parsley and add a teeny sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese. Eat immediately.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 1 - double up per person eating

So, that's the day after Boxing Day lunch sorted then! Would you give this a try? If you do, let me know in the comments!

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