Tortellini with Roasted Pumpkin and Mushroom


Tortellini is a ring shape pasta that has a filling.  I added roasted vegetables to this dish and mixed it with pesto.  The pumpkin adds the sweetness, the pesto has a tangy taste and mushroom has an earthy flavour.


4 cups tortellini

500g pumpkin diced

500g mushroom

2 cups spinach

3 tbsp.. olive oil

2 tsp. Italian herbs

Salt to season (optional)

2 tbsp. Nutty Pesto



Preheat oven to 180ºC

Line two baking trays with non stick papers.  Put pumpkins in the bowl add 1 tbsp. of the olive oil and 1 tsp pf the Italian herb and mix.  Place on the tray evenly and place in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until  cooked through.

In another bowl add the 1tbsp pf olive oil and the remaining 1 tsp of  Italian herbs and mix.  Place in the oven.  Bake for  20-225 minutes or until browned.

Cook tortellini according to packet instructions.

In a saucepan heat the pesto with the remaining olive oil for a minute or two.  Make sure it doesn’t burn.  Add the pasta, mushroom and pumpkin and mix.  Put the heat off and let it cool.  Serve with spinach.



This dish serves 4

Feel free to add other vegetables.


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Rigatoni with Chicken and Broccoli




Rigatoni with Chicken and Broccoli



Rigatoni is a tube shape pasta which I used to make this delicious and simple dish.  You can use leftover chicken for this dish instead of grilled or cooked chicken.   The Rigatoni is combined with broccoli, sundried tomatoes, coriander and a squeeze of lemon.


4½ cups rigatoni

400g grilled chicken

400g broccoli florets

40g sundried tomatoes

2 tbsp. oil

1 lemon

2-3 tbsp. coriander



If you are not using leftover chicken. Preheat oven to 200°C.

Season the chicken with  Italian herbs, salt and pepper.  Grill chicken for 25-30 minutes or until cooked. (Use 1 tsp. of Italian herbs.)

Cook Pasta according to packet instructions.

Boil Broccoli in boiling water for 3-5 minutes then refresh in cold water and then drain.

Chop sundried tomatoes and coriander and add to a bowl with the broccoli and Pasta.  Squeeze lemon and season with salt and pepper.



This dish serves 4

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Leftover Chicken Salad

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