Treat Day tomato, Chorizo and Mozzarella Orzo

Just looking at these ingredients you know what this is going to taste like, and this really does live up to the expectations. Great flavour combinations literally stuck together with soft stringy mozzarella. 

For a while now I’ve been banging on about big pasta, you know the Rigatoni’, tortellini they carry more flavour and feel more substantial well I am going to add to it. I like big pasta and really small pasta. I’m still not a fan of spirals and tubes. Orzo pasta is amazing and in a dish like this when everything is combined with a melted cheesy goodness, it feels just as satisfying. The combination of chorizo, tomato and mozzarella is practically unrivalled in the food world. The only thing that could make this better is basil. I’m not sure why it wasn’t in the recipe. That lovely fragrant taste of Basil would have been a welcome voice in this harmony of flavours. I’m nit picking, this meal is fantastic.

So to make this, half your cherry tomatoes and roast them in the oven with a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a little sugar for about 10 minutes at 200 degrees. Fry your chopped onion and garlic in a pan with a little oil until soft, then addyour thyme leaves, tomato purée and chorizo for another couple of minutes. Once the chorizo starts releasing it’s amazing oil add the orzo. Mix it all up so it gets coated in all those incredible flavours. Pour in the water, add the stock and let it simmer until the orzo has soaked up all the liquid. Add more water if you need to but make sure the pasta is just cooked and still retains a little bite in the middle. Once the orzo is cooked mix in your mozzarella some parmasan and the cherry tomatoes. Add the spinach on top and put a lid on for a few minutes until it has all wilted. Serve it with a sprinkle of parmasan

This tastes so good you wont even care that by the time you’re finished your chin will be covered in soft stringy mozzarella. I sat there for an hour after picking it out of my beard, before you ask yes I did eat it and i’m not even sorry. And neither will you be.

Mexican Cottage Pie

This was one of our favourite dishes, a perfect blend of ingredients that gave more flavour than you expected from the ingredients used. 

Using sweet potato was a genius idea from the creators at Hellofresh. It made such a difference than your usual potato mash on top. A nice base of onion, carrot and pepper did well to help combine the flavour of the beef and spices to the sweetness of the potato. The mozzarella melted into small pockets. Sour cream drizzled over everything tempers the heat. 

Looking on google for Mexican spice mix (I don’t know the exact ingredients to Hellofresh’) there are as many variations as there are websites showing them. Think I might do a post on spice mix recipes as there have been a few recently that we have really liked. 

This meal was from our Hellofresh box www.hellofresh.co.uk

Strolling Rigatoni with Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella

I cannot take credit for this, my wife actually cooked this one, but I had to post it. What a surprise, we have been putting this one off all week thinking that it was not as good as any of the others and.. Well.. Looked a bit bland. How wrong we were, every ingredient in the bowl complemented each other. She did add bacon and green beans to use them up but even they seemed to to sing the same song as the original ingredients. The tomatoes and the peppers were roasted in the oven which in my book is the best way to cook both ingredients. Olives are another ingredient like lentils that have worked their way into my favourite ingredients. Thankfully my wife doesn’t like them which is why you can see so many in my bowl.