Due to no fault of Sophie’s, this blog is going up a little bit later than intended – so apologies for that. The delicious sounding recipe is still very much relevant though, so enjoy!

Happy New Year and welcome back after a long and restful Christmas – I hope you are all settling back into the fast-paced environment of uni! #tiredalready

I for one had a particularly different Christmas period this year, but never the less, the food, family games and traditions made up for the emotional trivia that came with the Christmas period in 2018.

Here’s me looking particularly pleased with myself just after unwrapping presents and tucking into Christmas breakfast, which by my family’s tradition is Bucks Fizz and a selection of croissants and pains-aux-chocolats!

Back at uni now, cooking for myself again and in charge of that good ol’ student loan! I really was not emotionally ready to manage my own money again after a good 2 months of not having to worry too much. #ohwaitimstillanadult

But, here we are. My parents helped me move back after Christmas and took me to Aldi to stock up on the essentials and food to last me a few weeks. For this I am very grateful, as the store-cupboard food my parents buy for me can last me most of the semester without needing replenishment. Things like cans of chopped tomatoes, soups, pasta, rice, freezer fillers etc. are great for when you’re struggling for money, energy or the two and just need something quick that you can whip together straight from the cupboard. It’s almost like having a little miniature pantry, except not really like that at all in reality!

From this, I was able to come up with a little recipe that I used when I had an important guest (*wink wink*) earlier in the semester.

I call it ‘Easy Meatballs’.

You will need:

  • 6 Sausages (I used Aldi’s caramelised onion sausages and they work perfectly!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped, and a generous squirt of garlic paste
  • 1 onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Red pepper
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • 1 Chicken stock cube
  • Herbs to season
  • Bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pasta
  • Optional: Parmesan to garnish

Note: This recipe makes enough for around 3 people – or 2 very generous portions!

  1. Chop each sausage into bite-sized chunks and fry with garlic until sealed.
  2. In another pan, make the sauce – start by frying the onion, then adding the vegetables and lightly frying them for a few minutes.
  3. Boil the kettle and get the pasta cooking on the side.
  4. Then add the can of chopped tomatoes, the tomato puree, stock cube and any seasoning including about 3 bay leaves (be sure to take these out before serving). Squeeze in a blob of garlic paste and simmer for a couple of minutes before adding in the sausage meatballs.
  5. Once you are satisfied that the sauce is ready and the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain the pasta, and serve the meatball sauce with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and enjoy!

This meal was a delicious success with my guest – they even went back for seconds!

I even used some special pasta from Aldi that had different colours which added a nice twist to this otherwise simple dish.

And there we have it, just a short blog easing us back into the uni routine and re-acquainting myself with cooking for myself.

I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and that exams went well. Until next time, thanks for reading!