Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spaghetti Marinara

Serves: 4-6


2 ounces (60 g) butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 x 10 ounce (315 g) can Tomato Supreme
1 stick celery, sliced
1/4 cup flour
1/2 pint (300 ml) cream
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 pound (500 g) marinara mix

Microwave Method:

1. Melt butter for 1 minute on HIGH. Stir in onion and garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes on HIGH.
2. Stir in Tomato Supreme and celery. Cook for 2-3 minutes on HIGH.
3. Stir in flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes on HIGH.
4. Gradually stir in cream, chicken stock and marinara mix.
5. Cook for 5-7 minutes on HIGH, stirring every minute.
6. Serve over hot spaghetti.

Wonton Soup

Serves: 4


4 cups hot chicken stock
1 carrot, cut into strips
1 zucchini, chopped
1 celery stick, sliced
1 bay leaf
4 ounces (125 g) ground beef (mince)
1 onion, chopped finely
2 mushrooms, chopped finely
1 teaspoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons tomato ketchup (sauce)
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 packet wonton wrappers (3 x 3 1/2 inch/7.5 x 8 cm - makes 18)

Microwave Method:

1. Combine all soup ingredients in a bowl. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes on HIGH or until boiling. Remove bay leaf.
2. Meanwhile, place all ingredients for wontons, except wrappers, in a small bowl. Mix to combine. Place a small amount of mixture onto a wonton wrapper and secure.
3. Add wontons to soup. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes on MEDIUM HIGH. Serve hot.

Cooking Tip - Soups

With your microwave and food processor you can make creamy style or puree soups quickly and save on the messy washing up.