Zealand's Easiest Family Recipes
Serving healthy food to your family is challenging, especially
when you are on a low budget. We have low cost meals for people
on a budget with cost saving ideas and budget recipes. They
are all healthy eating ideas and are cheap to prepare. Change
the recipes to suit your family's tastes and the ingredients
you have. Cutting costs on food doesn't mean you have to cut
on quality. It's still possible to prepare meals that not only
taste great, but are also good for you.
Recipes NZ - easy pasta recipes!
all know what pasta is. What we don't all know is how to cook
it properly. The first mistake people make when cooking pasta
is the size of the pan to use. Pasta needs a lot of space to
move around in while it cooks. If it doesn't have this space,
then there is a good chance that the pasta will stick together
or to the sides of the pan, with disastrous consequences for
the finished dish.
SIMPLE SPAGHETTI BOLOGNAISE
1 Tbsp cooking oil
1 x 425g jar pre-prepared pasta sauce
oil in a heavy frying pan and stir over a moderate heat
for 1-2 minutes.
Add mince, stirring constantly until well browned.
Drain off excess liquid.
Stir in pasta sauce, cover and simmer gently for 20-30
minutes, or until cooked through.
Serve with your favourite spaghetti, bread and salad.
1 onion, peeled and chopped
420g can Tomato & Herb Pasta Sauce
420g can Baked Beans
400g spaghetti pasta
a dash of oil in a frying pan and cook the onion until
it begins to soften. Add beef mince and brown.
Stir in Pasta Sauce. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and
simmer for 10 minutes. Add Baked Beans and continue cooking
for a further 5 minutes until mince is cooked and beans
While Bolognese is cooking, cook spaghetti pasta according
to packet directions. Serve garnished with shaved Parmesan
and fresh basil if wished.
YOUR OWN PASTA SAUCE
can (14 oz. crushed tomato)
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt (add more per taste)
1 tsp sugar
crushed tomato into a tall saucepan.
Add salt, sugar, black pepper, Italian seasoning and Oregano.
Heat the sauce and let it simmer for approximately 15
Add pasta sauce to cooked pasta. Sprinkle regular cheese
and/or Parmesan cheese on top of the pasta.
Add red crushed pepper on it if desired.
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon dried mustard (optional)
1 ½ cups low-fat milk
1 cup grated cheese
breadcrumbs (fresh or dried)
the macaroni. Drain.
Melt margarine in a small saucepan.
On medium heat, stir in the flour and mustard. Cook for
Slowly stir in the milk. Stir until the sauce thickens.
Take off the element. Stir in the grated cheese.
Put macaroni and cheese sauce in an ovenproof dish.
Top with breadcrumbs.
Bake at 180°C until golden brown.
AND MACARONI SALAD
gms salmon, poached, drained and flaked
1 cup raw macaroni
2 spring onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 cucumber, sliced
Salt and pepper
½ tsp dry mustard
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp oil
macaroni, drain and rinse in cold water.
Combine macaroni, onions, parsley, cucumber and salmon
in a bowl.
Mix salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar and oil together and
carefully stir through the salad. Line a salad bowl with
crisp lettuce leaves and fill with macaroni and salmon
lean sausages, boiled and then sliced
250 grams pasta, eg macaroni or spirals
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped, 1 red pepper, chopped
1 tin chopped tomatoes (410 gram tin)
1 tin chilli bean (420 gram tin)
2 cups beef stock
1/4 cup tomato paste or tomato sauce
1 cup frozen green beans
1 cup frozen corn, or frozen peas
Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook onion
for 2 minutes.
Add chopped peppers and cook for a few more minutes until
Add sausages, pasta, tomatoes, chilli beans, beef stock,
and tomato paste.
Cover pan and simmer on a low heat for about 20 minutes
(or until pasta is cooked).
Add frozen beans and cook for a few more minutes until
beans are heated through.
packet fresh egg lasagne sheets
737g jar tomato and basil pasta sauce
500g pot sour cream
1 cup grated tasty cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cut three pieces from lasagne to fit a 30 x 20cm ovenproof
Grease base of dish.
Place mince in a frying pan and cook, turning often, until
Peel onion and chop finely.
Crush garlic, peel and chop finely.
Add onion to mince and cook for five minutes.
Add pasta sauce and combine.
Place one sheet of lasagne over base of dish.
Divide mince mixture into three equal portions.
Place one portion of mince over pasta.
Continue layering dish with pasta sheets and mince, finishing
Beat sour cream and tasty cheese together.
Spread over mince mixture.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 200 degrees C for 40 minutes or until golden and
COOKER MACARONI CHEESE RECIPE
2 eggs beaten
pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups milk
3 cups sharp cheese
8 oz packet macaroni
1/4 cup melted margarine
1 large can evaporated milk
and drain the macaroni and grate the cheese then grease
Mix all the ingredients in crockpot making sure to reserve
some of the cheese to put on top.
Sprinkle with paprika then cook the Macaroni Cheese on
low for 3 1/4 hours.
can tuna in water (425g can), drained
3 cups penne pasta, or spirals
2 cups frozen peas
1 tin whole kernel corn, drained
2 tins Italian-flavoured chopped tomatoes (400g tins)
1/2 cup breadcrumbs,
1/2 cup grated cheese
Preheat oven to 180°C. Bring a large pot of water
to the boil. Cook pasta by following directions on packet.
Add peas, corn, tuna and tomatoes to pot with drained
pasta. Stir to mix. Pour mixture into a large baking dish
and sprinkle breadcrumbs and cheese on top. Cook in oven
for 20 minutes or until crispy and golden on top.
packet of pasta
1 440g can of cooked dried beans (not baked beans)
1 440g jar of pasta sauce
1 finely chopped onion
1 carrot chopped into cubes
the beans. Add all ingredients except pasta. Heat gently
in a saucepan until the vegetables are cooked.
Meanwhile cook the pasta. Drain. Serve pasta with sauce
on top. For meat fans, add a little chopped sausage, ham
or cooked bacon
For a tomato-lentil sauce cook ½ cup lentils in
1 ½ cups water
When almost cooked add pasta sauce and vegetables.
The lentils replace the beans
Add other vegetables of your choice
Top with fresh herbs like parsley, thyme or oregano.