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:)

 

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup - It's As Easy As Breathing

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup – It’s As Easy As Breathing

It’s soup time, I haven’t made a soup for a while so I thought I’d share this one with you. It’s as easy as breathing, oh wait… I don’t find that easy… scratch that (for me) it’s easier than breathing lol.

I’ve messed about with Butternut Squash several times before, I’ve had it and not got around to using it, or I’ve just roasted it for my mother but this is a really nice way of using it. It also meant I could use whole spices which as you know I don’t often do – I know I’m banging on about how easy it is but it really is, I didn’t even take a picture of the equipment because there was hardly any.

Some of the Ingredients for Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

Some of the Ingredients for Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

You can add to the ingredient list, you can finish it with some cream or you can use other herbs but (bar some oil) this is all I used. I’ve based this recipe on a Nigella Lawsom recipe but, in true Wheelie Good Meals style I’ve simplified it.

The Butternut Squash after being chopped Ready for the Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

The Butternut Squash after being chopped Ready for the Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

The hardest part of this recipe is cutting up the flipping squash, I had difficulty with this so had to defer to my beloved mother for her help – don’t panic it wasn’t on mother’s day. Cut the Squash up first then along with the Garlic, Onions, Spices and a little oil place them all on a a foil lined roasting tray. It is easier to take the skin off after you’ve roasted them.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup on a baking try with Onions, Garlic ,Chilli and Cumin

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup on a baking try with Onions, Garlic ,Chilli and Cumin

Toss all the ingredients through in the oil, spread them out as best you can. Cook in a preheated oven (1800C) for 20 – 30 minutes, Keep an eye as you may need to remove the garlic and onions to stop them burning. Once cooked set aside to cool down, you can then take the skin off the Squash fairly easily. Next is the fun bit, place all the ingredients in the blender, start to blend and add the stock slowly to get make sure you get the right consistency. Place in a sauce pan on a medium heat and bring to the boil stir thoroughly and season to taste.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup served with Toasted Croutons

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup served with Toasted Croutons

I served mine with some toasted croutons, you can download a pdf step-by-step version of this recipe. For those of you who are ooober observant you’ll notice I messed up the numbering on my pdf recipe for my “Chicken, Pek, Leek and Sage Leftover Pie” you can now download the correct version here. I promise, promise, promise…. this weekend’s recipe will be the Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe I’ve been promising for a couple of weeks. If this soup recipe has gotten you in the mood for more soups try my Leek and Potato Soup or if you fancy something more exotic then try my Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup. Before you try them, give this soup a whirl honestly, it’s worth a try, and if you do let me know how you get off.

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