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This Beef Macaroni recipe is a dinner that the kids will love, you can’t go past mince and macaroni.  Plus the bonus is you could double this easy dinner ingredients make enough to have it on toast tomorrow night! I’ve used peas and corn, but you can add whatever vegetables you would like, carrot, capsicum, cauliflower etc. […]

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A delicious meatless dinner that the whole family can have fun making together, get the kids in the kitchen to help.

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  • yum! This look amazing. I know what my next eggplant harvest will make now!ReplyCancel

  • Oh Lisa it really is so good, i would have to say it’s one of our family favourite meals.:)ReplyCancel

  • How cute are all of your little gnocchi helpers!! That’s very sweet! I love ricotta gnocchi – such a good winter food too.ReplyCancel

  • Louise Thomsen

    OH MY!! This is going onto my menu planner!! I LOVE the photos of the kids helping too! So wonderful!
    Louise xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is a beautiful dish and the ids just love helping me make it.:) Hope you enjoy it, Louise.:)ReplyCancel

  • By funny coincidence I made ricotta today. Recipe said it made 500g but my 2L of milk resulted in about 50g. Oops. I bought a whole heap instead and now I know what I’m doing with the leftovers. Yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL Claire.:) xReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Thanks for the inspiration Kat…love trying new recipes…have never made gnocchi before so got the ingredients today at Coles as this is def on the menu for my family this week.
    Have a lovely week ~ AmandaReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Amanda! I hope you and your family enjoy it as much as what we do!ReplyCancel

  • I wasn’t kidding! Just made up a big batch for the little man’s dinner. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

This pasta bake is a delicious way to use up some left over Christmas turkey meat.  A creamy and very flavoursome roast pumpkin, spinach and turkey pasta bake.  This bake made enough for our family of 5 plus left overs for the next day.  Serve with salad and you can easily stretch it out to […]

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  • Bettina

    Can I just tell you how much I appreciate the time that you take to create this site. I love your recipies (they’ve NEVER failed!), and your organising tips.
    So, thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family :-)ReplyCancel

  • Juanita Chong

    Love this recipe! Didn’t have pumpkin so used potatoes instead and it still turned out yum!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh great variation, Juanita! I like it.:)ReplyCancel

I made Quinoa a few weeks ago and several times since, I must say I fell in love with how good it is and how easy it is to cook.  This usually makes enough for one family meal leaving some for leftovers for lunch the next day (adding in a few steamed vegetables).  I’ll share some of […]

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  • Rachelle

    I was told that you have to scrub/wash the grains first as the coating on the grains is bad for you. A soapy stuff washes off. It also affects the taste if you don’t wash the grains. I put my grains in a flour swine under a running tap and give them a good massage with my hand, then pretty much follow what you do.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      great tip thank you Rachelle!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I cook mine in my rice cooker and it turns out beautifully every time. Also a good way to cook buckwheat and other grain type things, just put them in the r/cooker and forget about it till it’s done.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip, I have a rice cooker, should try it!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    Some Quinoa is prewashed, check the pack it should tell you. If in doubt wash anyway until the water runs clear.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go I didn’t know that Sarah, I have washed mine all the time.ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Western Star My kids love to cook and have been doing so for many years.  Letting them help in the kitchen is teaching them life lessons and skills from measuring and learning fractions to how to cook particular foods.  My youngest Miss 9 enjoys cooking pasta dishes, I stand by helping […]

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  • Nancy

    your daughter is gorgeous. I love seeing them in the kitchen and sewing your teaching them such great life lessons.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Nancy, she is a cutie. All my kids love cooking and I love spending time with them in the kitchen, especially teaching them new techniques, great life lessons for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    must try this, haven’t made Mac and Cheese in so long. Love the idea of a little bit of bacon with itReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s delicious Simone, hope your family enjoy it!ReplyCancel

  • Krystal

    For those who prefer not to eat meat, spinach, onion & mushroom is a great mix to replace the bacon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea, love the sound of adding onion!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Brewer

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Spaghetti Bolognese is my kids favourite dinner, they would happily eat it each week if I planned it.  I usually double this recipe and either freeze it or plan to have it in a different meal later that week (left overs). Vege Packed Bolognese   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 45 mins Total […]

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Bacon, leek and corn risotto   Print Author: Katrina Recipe type: Rice and Pasta Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 leek, halved, washed, thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 4 rashers bacon, rind removed, diced 1 cup arborio rice 3 cups chicken stock ½ cup corn kernels, frozen parmesan cheese, to serve Instructions Heat oil […]

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  • Sarah Dohl

    I’ve never made risotto in a rice cooker, could I use the microwave version?ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Just to confirm- do you use a whole leek or half a leek for this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Rachel, Yes i use half a leek thinly sliced.:)ReplyCancel

  • Show musht go on

    Impressive! I always cook it in Redmond 4502 multicooker – it is fantastic! All my friends love food from multicooker, because it is very fast and tasty, and this recipe too, try it in multicooker, you will be pretty surprised.ReplyCancel

This recipe is for those nights that you want to have dinner cooked and served fast.  I enjoy making my own meatballs, for occasions like this it’s handy having some in the freezer (defrost through the day) or you can purchase them prepared for you in the meat section at the supermarket. Quick Spaghetti and Meatballs […]

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  • Sue Nicholls

    Would love your recipe for the actual meatballs – it’d be great to have a few batches in the freezer (I need gluten free so the supermarket ones are no good for me).ReplyCancel

    • Sue I cheated on this recipe and purchased them from the supermarket.ReplyCancel

      • Sue Nicholls

        I ended up mixing up a big batch of meatballs yesterday, as I had just bought mince and wanted to have some ready in the freezer. I’m using 1/3 in your recipe tonight so if they pass the test I’ll post my recipe. I was low on breadcrumbs so they may end up falling apart but we’ll see.ReplyCancel

Pasta Bakes are a meal that I can easily make through the day, pop in the fridge, head out to sports in the evening and when I get home I put it in the oven.  The kids will shower and by the time they are finished dinner is ready.  I have been making very healthy […]

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  • Mary

    Ooh wow, my kids would love this, just the name sounds really cool. Thanks Kat for sharing all these great recipes that my family enjoysReplyCancel

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  • kellie

    Made this last night. The whole family loved it! Thanks KatReplyCancel

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This post is sponsored by Nuffnang How exciting, Leggo’s are giving you the chance for your favourite Italian recipe to be published in the Leggo’s People’s Cookbook.  Plus once you have submitted your recipe you also have a chance to win a Kitchenaid Food Processor. It can be any type of Italian recipe, entrée, salad, main, […]

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  • Charmayne

    you have to try the Prosciutto wrapped Chicken parcels they are so easy and very tasty!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I just submitted my recipe for Chicken & Mushroom Pesto Penne. I have been making this for years and I love the recipe as it is SO quick to throw together and, if you have unexpected guests – you can easily extend the recipe by adding an extra cup of pasta, a salad and some garlic bread.
    YUM !!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    I just submitted the Pollo Alla Cacciatora recipe to Leggo’s and your email. This is one of a few favourite recipes I was taught during a trip to Tuscany. I was fortunate enough to be taught by a lovely family at their Tuscan villa. Their passion and enthusiasm was so contagious! A culinary experience I will never forget.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica

    Amore Melanzana, a delicious recipe, I was given by a beautiful Nonna, Leggos sauce makes it so much faster to prepare, enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Caitlin

    Mushroom lasagne.. This was the first non traditional lasagne I ever made for my husband (who is a MASSIVE lasagne fan). He was not very keen on anything vegetarian but once he had eaten it, he said it was the best lasagne he had ever eaten!ReplyCancel

  • Heather

    Oh yum, we do potato gnocchi all the time but I’m going to have to give this one a go….as a kid with my Zia and my Mum and my sister cooking together was so much fun…I have 3 boys, not so much in to cooking but rolling the gnocchi is always a family activity.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Hill

    Looks so yummy :) my best friend was telling me about a pasta recipe she makes so i decided i would try t, i have been in love ever since bu also have added my own touches to it :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I just submitted a bolognese recipe that uses all of the veggies left over after making a pot of stock. They are pureed before adding to the mixture so that the kids don’t know they are there adding nutritional value and lots of ‘yummyness’ to the sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Catters

    Ah, I just found this part! I’ve gone and commented in a completely different area of your blog! Oops!
    I’ve submitted a favourite Creamy Fish Pie with Bread Crust.
    It’s really delicious and a great way to get the family to eat fish!ReplyCancel

  • Cheree Cullen

    I just submitted an eggplant lasagne recipe, I created it one night out of the cans and jars in the pantry and it has become a family favourite. It is super tasty, includes lots of grated veges hidden in the mince sauce, has an easy ricotta basil sauce and yummy pan fried eggplant. It is a all in one meal and my daughter loves making the ricotta and basil sauce as well as poking in the extra fresh basil :).ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I’ve just submitted a Vegetable and Bacon Pasta recipe. I developed this recipe to encourage my toddler to eat more veggies with his evening meal, but it’s a dish the whole family loves. Smiles all around when I serve this for dinner!ReplyCancel

  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    I have just entered my Fettuccine alla Tomato Boscaiola (creamy tomato pasta) recipe. I have been making it for about 15 years now. So easy, yummy and versatile.ReplyCancel

  • Merryl Chantrell

    I entered My Mum’s Spag Bol RecipeReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Crosbie

    I have entered our families Aunty’s creamy spirals. This recipe is a family favourite and is often done
    on a night we don’t want to cook as it is quick easy and fills the kids up
    quickly.ReplyCancel

  • Toni Hill

    I have entered my friends altered recipe of Chorizo and tomato pasta :)ReplyCancel

  • […] ricotta fritters are a version of an easy peasy gnocchi.  It’s quite an intense and very time consuming task to make your own gnocchi at home so these […]ReplyCancel