Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese (Belated)

Ok, I know it’s not Tuesday but it’s not far off… and it’s worth the wait lol!  Today’s post is an interesting one, I’m not sure if it counts as being Time-Saving but we’ll give it a go!

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Front Packaging

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Front Packaging

Actually, thinking about it I suppose it is Time-Saving because it only takes about 30 minutes in total but you do have to cook it in the oven. On the plus side, it is just a case of whacking it in the oven and away to go, well apart from peeling the lid off after 15 minutes, see the cooking instructions below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Cooking Instructions

Like the Asda Pasta Bolognes Bake I wasn’t really looking forward to this one, and… like that post I was well and truly wrong! It was rich and tasty, here is the ingredient list and nutritional information.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ingredients and Nutriitional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ingredients and Nutritional Information

The package described this as being:

Macaroni Pasta in a spicy cheese sauce with Chorizo and topped with a Chilli Cheese Crumb

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ready To Eat

This was another stunner, it was so tasty. It had spice, deep tastes of chorizo which was had tastes of smoked paprika. It also had the deep cheesey taste which made it comforting. It did have B3 and B1 (Niacin and Thiamin) as ingredients, so this provokes more thought. On the whole I’d give this a 6/7 out of ten, I’ve gone with 6 because it uses the oven but I’d certainly buy it again!6 stars

Greg Edgar Linton 8 Ball Davies boy!!

Greg Edgar Linton 8 Ball Davies boy!!

Later on in the week we’ve got my review on the Cardigan Bay Fish Festival 2015 and my dreams of expanding Wheelie Good Meals. Thanks for stopping by, good luck to my mate Greg for his tour of Under Milk Wood, I’m going today so I’ll let you know how it goes. Greg and I went to the Fish Festival again this year, you’ll see his photos soon!  For now, read last year’s Cardigan Bay Fish Festival Review.  Greg gave an excellent portrayal of Edgar Linton in The Caerphilly Players performance of Wurthering Heights – I’m very proud of him and I’m sure they’re all going to be amazing (The Butchers Arms Boy!)

 

Rich 8:)

 

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Wheelie Good Birthday – Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta
and a Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Sauce

Ok it’s 00:50 on the morning of the 17th of May, I’ve been out tonight to celebrate mine and my mother’s birthday. It’s also the day of my niece Alice’s 21st Birthday – she’s currently in France as part of her University Degree. She’s a member of my Wheelie Good Team and has volunteered for me as a member of my Accessible News Team. I hope she reads this, you can view her blog here

love you loads Alice, can’t wait to see you!

This recipe is dedicated to my mother’s cousin Janet from Italy, she’s been waiting for this one, I hope you like it Jan and you get to make it, she did make Melanie’s Tray Bake, here’s the picture from facebook!

Janet's take on Melanie's Food Adventures Hedgehog  Tray Bake

Janet’s take on Melanie’s Food Adventures Hedgehog Tray Bake

I know this sounds like the most bizarre recipe invented but, honestly, it worked…. and my mother and I enjoyed it. It was created from a combination of using up store cupboard ingredients and left over pesto. You can buy various types of pesto which are excellent but I made my own for this recipe, I haven’t covered that in this recipe but will again.

Talking about checking things I strongly recommend checking your times and degrees of temperature for cooking chicken because every piece of kitchen equipment varies and I’d hate for you to have food poisoning it’s Wheelie bad!

Preheat the oven to 200OC

Ingredients for Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Ingredients for Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

This recipe is so easy I haven’t taken a great deal of photographs, you can see above there’s a random jar to the right. That’s my home made pesto or salsa verdé, I’ve not worked out what to call it yet, but it’s lush, the ingredients to follow for that but you can buy really good ones online.

Foil Tray With The Roasted Vegetables, Pesto, Garlic and Ginger For Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Foil Tray With The Roasted Vegetables, Pesto, Garlic and Ginger For Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

For the vegetables, to the tray add some chopped ginger and lazy garlic (couple of cloves if you’re using the proper stuff). Take or leave what you don’t want, if you don’t like too much ginger leave it out… it’s your recipe. It is important to stir through all the ingredients to make sure they all cwtch up to each other and get to know everybody. Don’t put them in to cook until you cook the chicken.

Chicken Ready For Roasting In The Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Chicken Ready For Roasting In The Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Next you place two chicken breasts on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season thoroughly, they will go in with the vegetables when we’re ready to cook. Place the tray of vegetables in the oven along with the chicken breasts. Cook for around 30/35 minutes. It is important to remember to cook the chicken thoroughly. Please make sure that it is fully cooked before consuming.

Everything in The Oven Fr Roasting In My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Everything in The Oven Fr Roasting In My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

For more information about cooking chicken visit here – don’t get killed by one of our recipes that would be wheelie awful! Now it’s pasta time, look at your packet and cook it to your instructions – me personally I cook i until it’s soft, the image below shows the front of the pasta package I used along with it in the boiling water:

Pasta Ready For Cooking For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Pasta Ready For Cooking For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Drain the pasta, make sure you keep a cup of the water for the sauce. Put it back in the sauce pan you cooked it in, put it to one side and the mug of water and leave to one side.

Pasta Before Sauce Is Added For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Pasta Before Sauce Is Added For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Once the vegetables are cooked liquidise them in a blender with the pesto, ginger and garlic you cooked them with. Blend until it starts to become a sauce, add the pasta water to make the sauce saucier…. oh matron!

Vegetables Liquidised In The Blender To Make the Sauce Fir My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Vegetables Liquidised In The Blender To Make the Sauce Fir My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Take the chicken breast out of the oven, when it’s ready, cover with some foil and leave to rest. Pour the sauce onto the pasta and stir in thoroughly to make sure that all the lovely pasta shapes are completely covered. Gino would have a fit at this because you should add the pasta to the sauce not like I’ve done but it works for me  😆

Pasta and Sauce For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Pasta and Sauce For My Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Place the pasta on a plate and then top with the chicken breast. You could sprinkle some cheese or herbs over before you put the chicken breast on.  You can download a full copy of this recipe here.

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

Oven Roasted Chicken Breast with Orecchiette Pasta

The packet said the following about the pasta:

Historically from the Puglia region of Southern Italy, our Orecchiette pasta is crafted from 100% Italian durum wheat semolina. Our pasta dough is carefully pressed into intricate shapes then slowly air-dried for a rougher more porous texture which holds your sauce perfectly!

The name Orecchiette dirivies from the Italian word for “ear” because each piece of pasta resembles a ear.

Margaret, Greg and I at FED Cardiff

Margaret, Greg and I at FED Cardiff

I Went to FED in Cardiff for a birthday meal to celebrate both my birthday and my mother’s.  We went with Ginge Greg, it was a great night and a fantastic eating experience – more to follow 😆 😎

For now, have a good weekend, see you all soon!

Rich

Link up your recipe of the week
Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake In It's Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake

It wasn’t planned this way but keeping up with the six nations theme mentioned in my Comforting Classics Shepherd’s Pie recipe this review could be dedicated to the Italian Rugby team and indeed the guy with one of the coolest names in rugby Martin Castrogiovanni.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake In It's Packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake In It’s Packet

I bought this ready meal from Tesco recently it’s not part of a range I’ve had before so I thought it was worth a go…. especially as it was on offer lol. The box describes it as

Penne pasta in a tomato sauce topped with mature cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese.

I had my concerns though, you know what I’m like about choking, and my teeth are useless so I didn’t know if I’d cope with stringy mozzarella (I’m 50 shades of falling apart I know) but I thought I’d give it a go.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Cooking Instructions

As you can see the cooking instructions are fairly straight forward and include oven cooking which is ideal for someone who hasn’t got a microwave…. wait was that just a stupid thing to say…. I think so!! As you know my microwave is 700W so I cooked it for 6 minutes, I’m not sure if that was what Tesco would recommend but it worked for me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Bake Nutritional Information and Ingredients

Above are the ingredients and the nutritional information, this dish wash enjoyable. It didn’t set my world alight but it was comforting, tomatoey and cheesy, I had to add salt and pepper because there wasn’t enough for my personal taste. The pasta wasn’t too chewy, which is always a bonus in my eyes.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Ready To Be Eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tomato and Mozzarella Pasta Ready To Be Eaten

Two negatives really, the first was the cheese it tasted fine but I didn’t really see the purpose of the two cheeses, I don’t think the combination of the two added anything to the dish. My other observation, and probably the biggest is that it was all a bit claggy, it all stuck together in a lump as opposed to be a saucy pasta dish. You may be able to notice from then picture above that it was quite congealed, I noticed when writing this review that there was Pectin included in it. Pectin is a natural gelling agent which can be found in many different fruits and vegetables such as citrus fruits. The word Pectin comes from the greek word for congealed or curdled, It is often used in jams and jellies to help them set, I cannot see why it was used here and I think the consistency of this dish was the only downfall.

6 starsI’ve given this a strong six out of ten, I’d eat it again if it was in the freezer and I can say I did enjoy it but it wasn’t my favourite. I don’t think I’d overly rush back to buy it again. As things stand I’ll be reviewing another ready meal next Tuesday but who knows…. that may change, if you’ve got a better idea let me know! Before then I’ll be posting my “Stunning Spiced Sausage Stew”, honestly I can guarantee that with valentine’s day coming around the corner, that recipe will be one to have in your back pocket.

If you want to keep on the Italian/Mediterranean theme why not try my Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper Soup, it’s a great quick and easy recipe that texts next to no effort to make and is ideal for a cold winter’s nights

The Bolognese Sauce served with Pene Pasta and topped with Cheddar Cheese

Fuss Free Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients for the Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients for the Bolognese Sauce

Utensils and other items needed to make the Bolognese Sauce

Utensils and other items needed to make the Bolognese Sauce

This recipe what I would call one of my mothership recipes, once you’ve mastered this (and trust me it won’t take long) you can make a number of different dishes. This recipe will be suitable for:

  • · Lasagne,
  • · Chilli Con Carne
  • · Canelloni
  • · Bolognese

The recipe I use is as easy as it comes, I put this together in half an hour. Of course, the longer you take the more flavour you get in your dish so don’t rush things…. I was just hungry!

Making this also marks a first for me – I’d never knowingly tried celery before I made this for the blog. I don’t normally use it I just use onions and carrots but I wanted to do things properly and the Italians use a Soffritto as the base to most of their dishes which is finely diced Celery, Carrots and Onions.

An Italian Soffritto (diced Celery, Carrots and Onions)

An Italian Soffritto (diced Celery, Carrots and Onions)

You can serve this with Rice, Pasta, Mashed Potatoes – or just on it’s own… My friend Chris and I (photographer extraordinaire both felt it was good enough to eat on its own, maybe with a bit of crusty bread to mop up the juice (now we’re talking!) If you’d like to make this recipe please feel free to download the step by step instructions here.

The Bolognese Sauce bubbling in the pan before the pasta is added

The Bolognese Sauce bubbling in the pan before the pasta is added

The Bolognese Sauce served with Pene Pasta and topped with Cheddar Cheese

The Bolognese Sauce served with Pene Pasta and topped with Cheddar Cheese

Get involved at Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Google+ and Pintrest, share your ideas, photos and recipes with us and watch our blog develop.  If you have any questions you’d like to ask about either myself or the Wheelie Good Meals concept please feel free to drop us a line on enquiries@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk.  Come back again soon and, together, we’ll make more Wheelie Good Meals!

See You Soon

Richard's Signature

Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.com