Pesto Potatoes with Parmesan | Student Week

Hello my dears,

another day, another recipe and part 2 of student week! Today’s dish consists of only 3 – you read that right.. THREE ingredients. That’s enough? Oh yes! It’s often those very simple recipes, that bring out the best in the produce and really make the dish shine.

This success story is quite simple: the pesto provides the potatoes with a neat coat of olive oil, to make them wonderfully crispy and flavourful at once. And the Parmesan … cheese makes everything better, doesn’t it? 

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Pesto Potatoes with Parmesan
makes 2-3 servings

  • 450 g small potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper

Preheat the oven to 200° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Wash and quarter the potatoes. Mix them in a large bowl with the pesto and season with salt and pepper as desired. Spread evenly on the baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. Briefly, remove from the oven, sprinkle with the Parmesan and roast for a further 10-15 minutes until the potatoes are crispy.

The Pesto Potatoes taste great on their own, served with a dip or as a side dish to meat.

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There are really no more excuses for not to cook! So heat up the oven and get the potato party started 😛

 

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

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Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes

Hello my lovely readers!

You surely know that feeling: on some days you simply do not want to cook. The usual solution would be to get some food delivered. But there’s another option! What follows is a recipe, for which you have to leave the sofa for only a few minutes and will be rewarded with a delicious, freshly cooked pasta dish. And it’s so so easy to make…

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Here’s how to make it:

Spaghetti with roasted tomatoes

makes 2-3 servings

  • 600g mini cherry or roma tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt, pepper
  • 350 g spaghetti
  • 1 handful basil leaves
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 230° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Wash the tomatoes and pat them dry. Peel the garlic and lightly crush it with the flat side of a knife. Put tomatoes and garlic on the baking tray and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes in the oven, turning them repeatedly.

In the meantime, cook the spaghetti according to the instructions until al dente – about 1 minute before the pasta is done add basil to the boiling water. Drain the pasta and reserve some of the cooking water. Put the pasta in a bowl and mix with the roasted tomatoes, olive oil and some of the cooking water. Serve with fresh parmesan cheese!

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I didn’t promise too much, did I? Sooo simple to make and – OMG – utterly delicious ❤

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Avocado Fries

Hello my zebras!

I hope you enjoyed the Easter Holidays with your loved ones! My family and I had a big Easter breakfast with all the food you could ask for – from freshly baked rolls to asparagus salad and carrot cake.

I don’t know about you but after so much food I’m usually craving something healthier and lighter. And that’s why I made delicious and trendy avocado fries! They are really easy to make and a welcome change after all the chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs 🙂

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Avocado fries

makes 1-2 servings

  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 egg
  • 50 g flour
  • 75 g breadcrumbs
  • 50 g Parmesan
  • 1 tsp salt, pepper and chilli powder

Preheat the oven to 180° C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Halve the avocado, remove the pit and peel. Cut into strips about 1 cm thick.

In a bowl mix the breadcrumbs with parmesan and spices. Sprinkle the avocado strips with flour, then dip into the lightly beaten egg and cover with the breadcrumb mixture. Put the breaded avocado strips on the baking tray and bake for about 6 – 8 minutes, then turn and bake for another 5 minutes.

Serve with a fresh salsa or another dip.

 

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I could eat avocado every day and these fries are a nice change from normal Guacamole or something like that. So try it out and turn your favorite green fruit into crispy fries!

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Spring Pasta

Hello my zebras!

Yesterday was the beginning of spring and I thought it’s about time to dish up something fresh. So today I’m going to share with you a delicious pasta dish with an irresistible creamy parmesan sauce and a lot of colourful spring vegetables – if this doesn’t lighten up your mood you’re probably still in hibernation 😉

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Spring pasta

for 2 servings

  • 200 g pasta (fettuccine or spaghetti)
  • 1 carrot
  • 125 g green asparagus
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1-2 handful baby spinach
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 100 ml cream
  • 60 g grated parmesan
  • parsley, salt & pepper

 

Bring a pot of salt water to the boil and cook the pasta al dente.

Clean the vegetables (+ peel if necessary) – except for the spinach – and cut into thin strips. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. Add the vegetables – except the spinach – together with the lemon juice and salt and sauté for about 3 minutes. Remove the veggies from the pan and set aside.

Heat the remaining butter in the pan. Peel, then finely chop the shallot and fry in the pan. Add white wine and cream. Stir in the parmesan and season with salt, pepper and fresh parsley. Add the vegetables as well as the spinach and reheat briefly. Finally, mix in the cooked pasta together with some of the cooking water and serve immediately.

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Like the first spring flowers, the vegetable strips sprout from their pasta nest – simply gorgeous and soooo delicious! Try it!

Stay sweet & HAPPY COOKING!

xx Kristin

Spaghetti with Broccoli Pistachio Pesto

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Pasta is a kitchen Superstar. Seriously. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like pasta. It’s – besides chocolate – the best comfort food for super busy days.

Right now, I’m up to my neck in work for university. It’s all about strategies, innovations and math. Awesome, I know. And that’s exactly why I sometimes need a big bowl of pasta to calm me down and give me loads of energy for the next hours of studying. So, if you have a pack of Spaghetti and just 5 other ingredients on hand you’re ready to go and try this delicious recipe.

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Spaghetti with Broccoli Pistachio Pesto:

makes about 3-4 servings

  • 1 lb. (whole-wheat) spaghetti
  • 300g broccoli
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 75g grated parmesan
  • 60g shelled pistachios
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. In the meantime, steam broccoli florets for about 4 minutes in a sauté pan with simmering water, then drain.

Set aside half to the cooked broccoli in a mixing bowl. Put the other half in a blender along with olive oil, 50g parmesan, pistachios and lemon zest and juice. Blend until a smooth sauce forms, add a little water if it’s too thick to blend.

Add pesto and spaghetti to the bowl and toss everything together until the spaghetti is coated. Season to taste and serve with remaining parmesan.

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Are you hungry yet? I am, so I’ll have another bowl now and retreat to my personal pasta heaven!

 

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Happy cooking!

Kristin