21 recipes in 50 words or under

Love trying new recipes, but haven't the time for anything too complicated? Take a look at Mumsnetters' stripped-back recipes for everything from couscous to curry.



1. Chilli garlic spaghetti
Fry a bit of frozen chilli and garlic in oil, stir in cooked spaghetti. Done.

2. Smoked salmon pasta
Smoked salmon trimmings, salad onions, prawns, chili, oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Turn off heat. Add rocket and add to freshly cooked spaghetti/ linguine.

3. Chicken pasta bake
Tin of chicken in white sauce plus a tin of tomatoes and of sweetcorn and some pasta. Fry up anything in the fridge - bacon, peppers, courgette, mushrooms, chorizo and add. Mix, top with grated cheese and bake until it looks really good.

4. Carbonara
Fry pancetta or streaky bacon until crispy, add garlic, chilli flakes and spring onions. Cook spaghetti. Mix 1 egg, 2 tbsp of creme fraiche and some Parmesan. Stir into cooked pasta and pancetta.



5. Bean chilli/curry
Tin of mixed beans in chilli sauce and one of chopped tomatoes. Cook together for 15/20 mins till thick, maybe with a bit of curry paste or chilli powder added. Serve with rice or tortillas, some sour cream and grated cheese

6. Spinach and Chickpea curry
Chop 1 onion and fry in oil. Add a tablespoon of curry paste then add a tin of chickpeas and a tin of chopped tomatoes and simmer for about 20 mins. Finally add a packet of spinach and stir until wilted. 



7. Naan pizzas
Naan breads, tomato ketchup, cheese and whatever you have - ham, onions, sweetcorn. Assemble and cook in the oven at 200C until it's heated through.

8. Frying pan pizza
Make a dough with self-raising flour, warm water and a tbsp of olive oil. Roll out and fry in a large frying pan. Top with tomato sauce. cheese etc and finish under the grill.


Veggie delights

9. Eggs rancho
Chop a green chilli, onion and pepper and fry in olive oil. Add a tin of tomatoes, some tomato purée and 1-2 tsp of ground cumin and coriander. Simmer for 15 mins, then add a little sugar. Spoon onto a tortilla wrap and top with a fried egg.

10. Spanish omelette
5 eggs, cheese, milk and whatever needs using up thrown in! Mix, fry then grill.

11. Veg pancake
Fry onions, mushrooms, peppers, corn - whatever you have. Cover with pancake batter and slowly heat until just about set. Top with grated cheese and pop under the grill until the cheese has melted.

12. Refried bean quesadillas
Mash cooked beans with a little butter and some cumin, salt and pepper into a paste. Spread on a tortilla, top with grated cheese then another tortilla. Toast on each side.

13. Carrot and lentil soup
1 onion and 4-6 carrots chopped, 250g red lentils and stock. Fry off the onion, add the rest and simmer until the carrots are soft and the lentils are cooked. Season and blend.



14. Meatloaf
Mix any mince with 1 egg, dried herbs, small amounts of finely minced onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Add 2 tbsp breadcrumbs and cook in a loaf tin in a medium oven for 40 mins.

15. Bacon hotpot
Layer sliced potatoes, carrots and onion, chopped cooked bacon in a pyrex casserole and microwave for 25-30 mins. When cooked, sprinkle with grated cheese and grill until browned.

16. Homemade beef burgers
Fry an onion, cool and add to mince with herbs/chilli. Soak two pieces of bread in milk, squeeze out the milk, chop and add to the mince. Crack an egg in and mix, form into burgers and grill for about 10 minutes.


Quick stove-top makes

17. Chorizo and kale crunch
Chop chorizo and fry until the oil runs out. Fry a thinly sliced onion in the oil. Add a bag of chopped kale with a half glass of cider (or apple juice). Cover and cook for a few minutes. Sprinkle with toasted almonds for the crunch.

18. Stovies
Tatties, onions, oxo cubes, dripping and corn beef. Peel and chop everything, put in pan with a cup of water and cook over a medium heat. Give it a mush up once tatties are cooked. 

19. Prawn noodles
Mix in a bowl 2 tsp each of honey, soy, garlic, ginger, chilli. Chuck some prawns in a wok and stir in above mix. Add egg noodles and fry until cooked.

20. Tuna rice + stuff
Cook rice and frozen peas then drain. Add 1 can of tuna. Stir with mayo. Optional tasty extras - diced hard-boiled eggs, chopped cucumber, tomatoes, pepper, sweetcorn.

21. Couscous dream
Fry onion, mushroom, bacon, garlic and ginger. Cook couscous (I use a mix of plain and flavoured). Mix together and serve with soy sauce.


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