Cheesy Basa Bake

Cheesy Basa Bake is an old favourite of mine that I haven’t cooked in ages. You can use any fish- I always go for a cook from frozen fish from @lidlgb @aldiuk or @morrisons for a speedy tea. It’s an adaptation of a @rachelallen1 recipe, only because you’re supposed to mix the cheese with cream and Dijon mustard and I didn’t have either in! 🤦‍♀️🤣

1) Follow the directions on the fish packaging for cooking- I preheated the oven to 180oC.

2) Slice 4 tomatoes and lay in an ovenproof dish, sprinkle over either fresh or dried thyme, a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper.

3) Lay the basa fillets on top and grate over cheddar cheese.

4) Bake in the oven according to the fish instructions- I did 30 minutes. I usually flash them under the grill to brown them too if necessary.

Basa and Chorizo Bake

If you’ve seen my meal plan for this week you’ll know this was supposed to be haddock and chorizo bake but unfortunately we couldn’t find any of the haddock fillets in the freezer section at @Lidl so we chose basa instead but any white fish would work. I really like having the cook from frozen fillets in as they’re such a life saver when I’ve forgotten to take anything out of the freezer! 🙈🤣 I made this for three of us so up the amount of fish if you’re cooking for more and add an extra tin of tomatoes.

Basa and Chorizo Bake

Serves 3

INGREDIENTS

350g new potatoes, halved

1 red onion, chopped

1 red/orange pepper, chopped

100g chorizo, skin removed and sliced

1 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, crushed

Seasoning

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

400g chopped tomatoes

380g @lidl frozen basa fillets

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180oC.

2. Parboil the potatoes for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, fry the chorizo in the oil to release it’s flavour.

4. Add the onion and pepper and fry gently until soft.

5. Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

6. Drain the potatoes and add to the pan, stir to coat in the oil. Cook for another 3 minutes until beginning to brown.

7. Sprinkle in the thyme leaves and season.

8. Pour in the tomatoes and stir.

9. Put the fish fillets on top and cook in the oven according to their instructions.

10. Serve!

Bolognese Sauce

The @morrisons frozen soffritto mix in this easy bolognese sauce is a game changer. Onions, celery and carrot all diced and ready to cook, makes cooking time so much quicker. I use it in a number of other dishes too when I’m in a rush like minestrone soup and sausage cassoulet which I’m making later this week.

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp olive oil

140g diced pancetta

750g beef and pork mince

350g frozen soffritto mix

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Seasoning

150ml red wine

Thyme

2 bay leaves

3 400g tins of chopped tomatoes

150ml semi-skimmed/full fat milk

METHOD

1. Fry the pancetta in the olive oil until golden.

2. Add the mince and break down with a spoon. Cook on a medium heat until the meat has browned.

-Spoon out some of the fat if you feel there is surplus in the pan.

3. Stir in the frozen soffritto mix and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Add the crushed garlic and cook for a further minute. Season.

5. Turn up the heat to high and pour in the red wine.

6. Then add the thyme, bay leaves and 3 tins of chopped tomatoes and stir.

7. It will seem quite a lot of tomatoes at this point but allow it to simmer for 10 minutes and the sauce will reduce.

8. Pour in the magic ingredient- milk and stir. This takes the sauce to another level making it richer.

9. It will again seem very saucy 🤣 but cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for up to 1 hour (keep an eye on it, stirring occasionally to stop it catching.)

10. Taste and adjust seasoning.

11. Serve with spaghetti and a good grating of Parmesan.