Portly Cooks | Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

For when you have nothing in the cupboard and have no idea what to have for dinner, this Italian classic can save you! 100g Spaghetti 1 Red Chilli 3 Cloves of Garlic 2 tbsp Olive Oil Fresh Parsley Cook the pasta, while the pasta cooks, finely chop the chilli and parsley. In another pan heat…

Portly Cooks | Samphire and Spaghetti in Garlic Cream Cheese Sauce

I saw this on TV the other day, it’s supposed to have Agretti in it but in place of that i’ve used Samphire and I didn’t have any Gorgonzola either so… 90g Spaghetti 60g Samphire Half pack of Garlic and Herb Cheese Roll 25ml Double Cream 20ml White Wine Boil the pasta and samphire together…

Portly Cooks | Parmigiana di melanzane

Parmigiana de melanzane is an Italian classic, its up there with some truly wonderful comfort foods, you can even make this ahead of time and freeze it if you are so inclined. 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes 1 tsp Mixed Herbs 2 Cloves Garlic (crushed) ½ Glass of red wine 1 tsp Ketchup (don’t shoot me)…

Portly Cooks | Spaghetti Alle Vongole

I finally get the hype… 300g Clams 100g Spaghetti Drizzle of Olive Oil 50g Butter 2 cloves of Garlic Half glass of White Wine Cook the pasta (9 mins rolling boil in salted water) and steam open the clams with a little of the white wine. In a frying pan, melt the butter and add…

Portly Cooks | Pizza

Everyone loves a pizza and this is nice and easy and uses the Bread recipe that was posted before this recipe. This time I halved it and makes two roughly side plate sized pizzas. 125g Plain/Strong Bread Flour 88ml Warm Water 1/3 tsp Dried Yeast Drizzle Olive Oil For the topping ½ tin Chopped Tomatoes…

Portly Cooks | Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino con Calamari

Now then this one is a classic Italian dish and the measurements? Well there aren’t any measurements really, it’s a case of chuck it in and if it looks about right then it is.  Aglio. Olio e Peperoncino is a super simple dish taking roughly as long as the pasta takes to cook, I have…

Portly Cooks | Bruschetta

So simple it’s hardly worth putting these on here, but here we go. Half a Baguette 2 Salad Tomatoes 1 Clove Garlic (Crushed) Olive Oil Salt and Pepper Balsamic Syrup (Optional) Cut the baguette into slices and drizzle liberally with the olive oil. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes at 200c or until…

Portly Eats | Mangiare | Newmarket, UK

So a good while ago now along with @haleybell_ig  I ventured to Mangiare in Newmarket.  It had recently opened and everyone had told me that I should go and check it out. So with a table booked on a rather chilly Saturday evening it was time for dinner. Walking in I didn’t realise quite how…

Portly Cooks | Quick Meatballs

People say that they haven’t got time to cook properly. Well this one is on the table in 10 minutes (ish) and you don’t need to be all cheffy to make it work either. 200g Beef Mince 85g Spaghetti 2 Tomatoes ½ tsp Ground Garlic ½ tsp Dried Basil Boil the kettle and chop up…

Portly Cooks | Mushroom Bolognaise

Bolognaise is one of my favourite ever dishes. This one is meat free and is (if I say so myself) rather good. 4 Large Field Mushrooms 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes 1 tbsp Tomato Puree 1 Red Onion 100ml Red Wine 1 tsp Paprika 1 tsp Garlic Powder 85g Spaghetti Using a food processer blitz the…