Winter is coming and for too many of us, this means feel-good, comfort food. This doesn’t mean reaching for the chocolate but cooking food that makes your heart, body and soul feel good and comforted.
Winter is all about providing healthy, hot, filling meals that leave you feeling full and warm when it’s cold outside. Stews, casseroles, roast dinners and pasta meals are all perfect for enjoying heartwarming food with the family or with friends, and now is the perfect time to find some new recipes to have up your sleeve. Whether it’s for the family meal table, a dinner party or something to cook as a pick-me-up when that inevitable winter cold comes to visit, new recipes are the perfect way to keep you fuelled and motivated through the British winter.
Vinegar Hill has lots of recipe books in stock for winter recipes. Pop into one of our stores to pick one up or browse our website.
One of our favourite dishes from The Winter Table recipe book by Lisa Lemke is the classic Mac & Cheese Recipe. It promises to not only fill you up but also become your new favourite pasta dish. For a healthier version, you can use wholewheat or wholegrain pasta, which contains more fibre and will help you feel full for longer. Starchy foods are a good source of energy to also make the perfect winter lunch before an afternoon walk.
The recipe will take 45 minutes to prepare and cook and is also very popular with children.
400g dried pasta shells
1 large yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
250g cherry tomatoes
180ml heavy cream
300g crumbled feta cheese
150g grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 225℃.
2. Cook the pasta al dente in salted water as directed on the package. Drain the pasta.
3. While waiting for the pasta, peel and slice the onion, and peel and finely chop the garlic.
4. Add the olive oil to a large saucepan and saute the onion and garlic until the onion is soft.
5. Add the cherry tomatoes to the pan cook them for a couple of minutes. Pour in the cream, and add the feta and Parmesan.
6. Bring the mixture to a boil, while stirring, and season with salt and pepper.
7. Add the pasta to the pan and then divide the mixture into four ovenproof individual ramekins or a large baking dish.
8. Place the dishes on the middle rack of the oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until the cheese has turned golden brown.