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Tortilla Soup

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The boys have been watching a serious amount of Food Network recently on the television and requested this after one particular programme.

Here in Australia, it can be hard to find the correct chillies to make this a truely authentic tortilla soup so I’ve improvised with what I can find.

I like to make a batch of chicken stock from chicken wings for this and then use the meat from the wings in the soup at the end, I love the no waste way it works!

I start this recipe by making a paste that has tonnes of flavour, using the same technique as I use for starting my curries off. By the time you have cooked he paste down you shoul have half to a third of the original quantity and it should be really thick.

With two chipotle chillies this is pretty spicy so play around with your chilli amounts, younger kids might like one chilli with the seeds removed.

Tonight I didn’t have any corn tortillas lying around so nachos did just as well!

Ingredients

1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

4 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped

1-2 chipotle chillies in Adobe sauce, seeds removed

6 large roma tomatoes, quartered

80mls water

30mls olive oil

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

4 teaspoons ground cumin

2 litres chicken stock

juice of 1 lime

EXTRAS

Chopped chicken

Sliced avocado

Grated cheese

Tortillas

Method

Using a stick blender, whizz up the onion, garlic, chipotle chillies and Adobe sauce, tomatoes and water.

Heat the oil over medium heat in your soup pan, once hot, pour in the tomato mix and cook down, stirring regularly, allowing the water to evaporate until you have a thick paste in the bottom of the pan.

Add the stock and bring up to the boil, add the lime juice.It’s now ready to serve, I fill the soup bowl with chicken, top with the soup, cheese, avocado and fried tortilla strips or nachos.

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes

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This really is a ten minute meal, five ingredients and you have pasta with a beautiful sauce and minimal fuss.

Full of fresh tomatoes, I use cherry tomatoes here, kids love cherry tomatoes for some reason! The recipe works just as well with Roma tomatoes, just deseeded them and cut into chunks.

To make it vegetarian just omit the anchovies and for gluten free use  gluten free spaghetti.

This serves 4-6 depending on appetite and side dishes. I like to serve it with a green salad but the boys would rather it is served with garlic bread!

Ingredients

500g spaghetti, regular or gluten free

splash of olive oil

2 garlic cloves, sliced

4 anchovy fillets, drained

400g cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper

Method

Bring a large pan of salted water up to the boil, add a splash of olive oil and pop the spaghetti in.

In a large frying pan heat a splash of olive oil over a medium heat, once hot add the garlic and cook without letting it burn, for 1min.

Add the anchovies and stir in, they will break down to nothing.

Now, add the tomatoes and stir well.

Over a low heat let the tomatoes warm up and begin to let their juice run. You don’t want them to collapse completely, rather, a few are mushy but they still hold their shape.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid.

Pour the pasta and liquid into the tomatoes, season and stir through. There won’t be lots of liquid, it should be enough to coat the pasta.

Serve in warmed bowls.