Sometimes you just want a meal that doesn't take too long to make. These three meals -- macaroni pasta and cheese, chicken and sausage gumbo and fettucine Alfredo -- only take 20 minutes but the end results are delicious.
Using frozen vegetables in the gumbo recipe also speeds up the process.
>3 tsp salt, divided
>2 tbsp all-purpose flour
>180g finely shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
>1 green onion, sliced
>1 tsp hot sauce
>½ tsp pepper
>4 slices cut bacon/rashers, cooked and roughly chopped
>Preheat the grill in the oven.
>Bring a pot of water to a boil with 1 tsp of salt. Cook pasta for 8 minutes approximately.
>In a saucepan, combine flour and 100ml of milk and bring to a medium heat.
>Gradually add more milk as it comes to the boil (in 50ml amounts) until all milk is used up. Let cool for 2 minutes.
>Remove from heat, add in 150g of the cheese and stir to combine. Add in remaining 2tsp of salt, onion, hot sauce, pepper and bacon.
>Add cooked pasta to saucepan and toss. Place into individual ramekins or into a large baking dish.
>Top with remaining cheese and the breadcrumbs, place under the grill for about 5 minutes to get a colour on top.
>1 bag boil-in-bag rice
>2 tbsp all-purpose flour
>1 tbsp vegetable oil
>1 onion, chopped
>50g frozen peas
>1 celery stalk, chopped
>2 cloves garlic, minced
>½ tsp dried thyme
>½ tsp red pepper flakes
>200g cooked, chopped boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
>200g spicy Italian sausages, sliced
>350g/400ml can diced tomatoes
>350ml chicken stock
>Cook rice according to package directions.
>Add onion, frozen peas, celery, garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes on top of oil and flour mix. Cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.
>Stir in chicken, sausage, tomatoes and stock. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Serve over rice.
>300g fettuccine pasta or your favourite pasta
>4 slices bacon, chopped
>100g mushrooms, sliced
>1 tsp minced garlic
>1 tbsp all-purpose flour
>100g grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
>1 tsp salt
>2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
>½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
>Cook pasta according to package directions, drain in a colander and keep 3 tbsp of the water to the side.
>While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a non-stick saucepan over a medium high heat until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from pan and set aside on a paper towel.
>Add mushrooms and garlic to pan and cook for 1 minute.
>Sprinkle pan with flour and cook for a further 30 seconds., stirring all the time.
>Add milk, 2 tbsp at a time and cook until the mixture starts to get bubbly.
>Reduce heat and slowly add cheese a tbsp at a time.
>Stir in salt and reserved pasta liquid.
>Add in pasta and stir to combine all ingredients.
>Sprinkle with bacon, parsley and pepper.