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Easy Pasta Recipes, not an Australian Staple Dish, but so Good

No, this is not Italy. But there's a variety of easy pasta recipes in Australian cuisine, as people go with dishes that are fast to make and easy to combine with other foods.

Spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli are very popular food in Australia.

People eat them for lunch or for dinner, as a warm dish or in salads, as a side dish or as a main.

Quick, healthy and easy.

The country is a grower of the famous Italian durum wheat. Its flour is used for the traditional crisp spaghetti.

The quality of the Australian pasta is as good as the Italian one, with a crunchy, firm texture, excellent to complement juicy sauces, succulent meats and fresh vegetables.

Easy Pasta and Vegetables Dish

pasta with vegetables and olives

You're home from work and there's nothing to eat?

...You'll always find some vegetables in the fridge.

Prepare all in 5 minutes and cook this stir fry in less than 10 minutes.

Serves 4.

What to grab:

  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 medium parsnips, grated
  • 1 table spoon olive oil
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • a handful of olives
  • basil leaves
  • 250g pasta, boiled

What to do:

Heat the oil in a pan and throw in the onion. 2 minutes later add the carrot and parsnip and stir fry quickly for 2 more minutes.

Add the mushrooms and the olives just before taking the pan off the heat. Cover it with a lid and let it rest while you arrange the pasta on a plate. Then add the vegetables and the basil leaves.

Easy Pasta Recipes - Slow Cooked Beef with Spirals

pasta with slow cooked beef

This is very easy to prepare but takes about 2 - 3 hours to cook. Don't worry though, you can do something else, while the juices are steaming.

Good for colder winter days or an excellent dish to entertain guests.

Serves 6 persons.

What to grab:

  • 2 kg top side or round steak cut in cubes
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 table spoons olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 500g mushrooms cut in pieces
  • 1 - 2 bay leaves
  • 1 - 2 lime leaves (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 500g spirals or swirls, boiled

What to do:

Take a heavy based casserole, heat the oil and seal the meat in batches, turning it quickly to brown on both sides. Remove and repeat with another batch of beef cubes. This may take you 3 minutes per batch. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the wine and water, plus salt and pepper to your liking. When the liquid starts to boil return the meat to the casserole, add the bay and lime leaves, put the lid and let the beef cook for about 2 hours and a half. When it is tender add the mushrooms and cook for another 5 - 10 minutes.

Arrange the spirals on a plate, top with the cooked beef and sprinkle with fresh, chopped parsley or basil.

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