Pasta with Beef

There’s nothing wrong with a classic Bolognese, but what about this instead?  Rick Stein’s rustic recipe for ‘Sporki Macaroni’ from Croatia is dominated by a hearty beef-sauce.  The recipe uses red wine, which you can substitute for a rich halal beef or chicken stock.  Use our diced halal beef, and if you decide not to cheat and make the chicken stock yourself, one of our whole halal chickens will do the job.  (Making a chicken stock is cost-effective and requires little effort.  Storing and using the liquid for soups and sauces throughout the week is invaluable.  But, if the draw to pasta is one of minimal effort, go for stock cubes.)  The flavour of this dish comes from the beef, along with the garlic and fresh herbs.

Pasta with Chicken

There are many good iterations of <a href="http://www.haloodies.com/halalfresh">pasta and chicken</a>.  A good pasta bake with pesto, for one.  We love pasta cooked on the stove with sliced halal chicken breast, cooked with white onion, garlic and lemon juice, and mixed with handfuls of fresh oregano, more garlic (sliced, raw), black pepper, rock salt, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and toasted pine nuts.  If you like, throw in some black olives.  But, if you want to try something a little different, it’s worth remembering that pasta isn’t so different from its noodle cousin.  Why not be inspired by oriental cuisine and make a pasta dinner more like a vegetable-packed stir-fry?  You can use spaghetti or linguine to make a hot dinner or a pasta salad from East Asian-inspired flavours.  Along with the halal chicken, whack in some soy, toasted sesame seeds, brown sugar, lime juice, and your favourite crunchy veggies (peppers, broccoli, spring onions - we love the addition of crisp water-chestnuts and leafy pak choi).

Pasta with Lamb

Nigella has an excellent recipe for a ragù of lamb, flavoured with mint and redcurrant jelly.  Use halal minced lamb, and throw in the fresh mint at the end, which she suggests as ‘optional’.  Nigella uses pappardelle, the large, broad, flat pasta noodles that take their name from "pappare", meaning ‘to gobble up’ or ‘wolf down.’  We’re positive you will do just that!

Lastly, if you’re interested in making your own pasta, try this guide.  It’s a great way to fill your own delicious ravioli and cannelloni with your favourite halal meat and other ingredients.