Portly Cooks | 4 Recipes for 2 People

What can you do with beef mince? There are tons of things but the other day I went to the butcher and picked up 800g of beef mince (for £4.50) and wondered how many dishes could I make for 2 people from it… here is the result. Serves 2 Homemade Burgers 200g Beef Mince 1…

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 | 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 | Crab Linguine

Pasta dishes are indulgent anyway, packed with carbs and satisfaction in every bite. This one makes it even more special with Cromer Crab. 100g Linguine 1 Dressed Cromer Crab (about 150g Crab Meat) 1 Red Chilli (finely chopped) 1 Spring Onion (finely chopped) 1 tsp Dried Parsley 1 tsp Garlic Powder Start off by cooking…

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 | Beer Mac n Cheese, with Crispy Bacon Bits

Mac and Cheese is one of the greatest things to have ever been created in a kitchen. It is up there with most people’s top comfort food, this one is no exception, when I made this I used spirali and I had it for lunch for the next two days! You can easily feed 4…

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…

Portly Cooks | Chicken with Wild Mushroom Truffle Spaghetti

This one I learnt whilst in a real professional kitchen a few weeks back. It was going out as a vegetarian starter, its epic as that but I chucked a bit of chicken on the top to add to the dining experience. 1 small Chicken Breast 80g Spaghetti 1 tbsp Truffle Oil Cavolo Nero 100g…

Portly Cooks | Tortiglioni

I’m a sucker for advertising and literally bought the Tortiglioni for this dish based on an advert I saw when I was feeling rather more peckish than usual. 1 cup Tortiglioni 20g Parmesan 1 spring Onion ½ tsp Garlic Powder ½ tsp Mixed Herbs 50ml Passata Start off by cooking the pasta, in some boiling…

Portly Cooks | Beef and Mangetout Pasta

Sometimes after a long week at work all you want to do is come home, grab something quick for dinner and sink slowly into the sofa. This dish is perfect for that, it takes essentially as long as the pasta takes to cook. 75g Spirali or Penne Pasta 150g Beef Mince 1 Oxo Beef Cube…