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Macaroni salad with broccoli, ham and caramelized onions

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions

For 2 people

300g elbow macaroni
1          large broccoli
1          large red onion
150g black pepper ham
200g plain yoghurt (full fat or Greek yoghurt if you want it extra creamy)
30ml white vinegar
1          teaspoon mustard
1          teaspoon brown sugar
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

1. Cut off the broccoli roses and put them aside in a bowl. Slice onion in thin stripes and cut ham in small cubes.
2. Cook macaronis in salted water for 6-8 minutes until aldente. In the last 2 minutes of cooking time add the broccoli roses. Meanwhile roast the onion slices in a pan with 1 tablespoon oil, to caramelize, add a teaspoon of brown sugar when the onions already softened a little. Roast for about 2 minutes and put aside.

Caramelized onions and broccoli

3. Give ham cubes and caramelized onions in a salad bowl. Drain water from pasta and broccoli and cool it down under running very cold water for 30 seconds. Let it cool down until hand warm for about 20 minutes. For the dressing mix yoghurt, mustard and vinegar very well, add salt and ground black pepper to taste. You can also add fresh dill.
4. Mix everything in the salad bowl and put in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions

Macaroni salad with broccoli, ahm and caramelized onions


Spring pasta with broccoli, spinach, leek and ham

Spring pasta

For 4 people

500g     penne
150g     cooked ham (5-6 slices)
250ml  cream
50g        cheddar or parmesan cheese
1             broccoli
1             leek
1             bunch of fresh spinach
1             chili
1             onion
2             cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Chop onion, garlic and chili finely; cut broccoli in bite sized pieces and put all aside together in a bowl. Cut ham in cubes and slice leek in rings. Wash spinach and pluck off the leaves.

broccoli. ham and leek

2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until aldente. Meanwhile heat up a pan with olive oil and add broccoli, onion, garlic and chili; roast for 2-3 minutes before adding leek and ham and roast for another 2 minutes. Add spinach leaves and stir for 1 minute, then add the cream and let it simmer until the pasta is done.

steps for sauce

3. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper and add the cheese. Drain pasta and mix it with the sauce in the pot on low heat for 1 minute. Arrange on plates and enjoy!

Spring pasta

Sweet potato casserole with broccoli and bacon

Sweet potato casserole

For 4 people

500g     sweet potatoes
500g     potatoes
150g     bacon
100g     grated cheddar
100g     grated parmesan cheese
250ml whipping cream
50ml    milk
1            big broccoli
1            egg yolk
1            onion
1            pepperoni
2            cloves of garlic
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

1.  Peel potatoes and sweet potatoes and cut them in cubes (2cm). Cook them in salted water for about 7 minutes (they should not be totally soft because they will get softer in the oven). Meanwhile cut the broccoli in bite sized pieces and put it aside. Chop onions, garlic and pepperoni finely; do the same with the bacon.

2. 3 Minutes before the end of the cooking time, add broccoli to the boiling potato water. Drain the vegetables and put them aside.cooked vegetablesHeat up a saucepan with oil; add the bacon and roast it until crispy (remove 1-2 tablespoon from the pan and put aside) then add garlic, onions and pepperoni and let everything roast for 3 minutes. Add the cream and milk and let it simmer for a few minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Bacon casserole sauce

3. Prepare a big greased oven dish and add the cooked vegetables. Add egg yolk to the cream sauce while stirring, also add half of the grated parmesan and pour the sauce over the potatoes and broccoli. Sprinkle with cheese and the saved bacon cubes and bake it in the oven for about 25-30 minutes (180°) until lightly browned.

Casserole raw

4. Let the casserole cool down for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Sweet potaoto casserole baked