Helen’s Home Cooking


Spicy Pasta

This is an extremely quick and easy pasta dish which in this case I am using mince, however this could easily be changed to any meat or indeed extra vegetables of your choice including any left overs from a Sunday roast.

The secret behind most pasta dishes is that when using meat you use very little making pasta a great value for money choice.

                                  (serves 4)



  • 2 tbls Olive oil/oil
  • 100g Mince
  • 400g Pasta
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed/2tsp Garlic granules
  • Tin of chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 red Pepper cut into chunks
  • 2 tbls Worcestershire sauce
  • a good squeeze of lemon juice, fresh or bottled
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Chilli powder
  • 2 tbls Tomato Pureé
  • 150 mls water
  • 1 stock cube
  • 125g cheddar cheese


  1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, add the mince and brown, add onions, garlic and red peppers and fry for about 5 minutes until the onion has softened, then add the Chilli and mix through.
  2. Add, tomatoes, tomato pureé, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, water stock cube and chilli flakes, bring to the boil and cook for 30mins.
  3. After 30mins put pasta in a pot of pre boiled salted water and cook according to the instructions on the pack, usually around 13/14mins. Once soft drain and set aside.
  4. Add cheese to the sauce stir until melted and then add the pasta to the sauce and serve, sprinkle a little cheese over each dish of pasta and enjoy.

Serve this dish with your homemade crusty bread and a salad/vegetable of your choice.


Chicken Supreme

Next week we shall make Chicken Supreme. For this you shall need, 300g chicken, breast, thigh,leg your choice, large red pepper, large onion, 100g mushrooms approx, 1 chicken stock cube, cornflour milk and rice.




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