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Five delicious recipes to enjoy on those colder evenings

via Twenty20

Now that we’re noticing a change in the weather, a chill in the air and the dark evenings creeping in, it’s officially that time of year when comfort food is the go-to for dinner. Cosy, comforting food that’s almost like a hug in a bowl. But now that most of us still have more time on our hands with no commute home from work, we’ve pulled together some delicious recipes from some of our favourite Irish chefs that are sure to put a smile on your face on cold evenings.

One Pan Tomato Pasta Soup – Donal Skehan

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 x 400g tins san Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • Leftover parmesan rinds
  • 1 litre organic beef stock
  • 250g orecchiette
  • 400g tin chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper

To serve:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese, shavings
  • Parsley, roughly chopped 

Check out the full recipe here.

Comforting Sheperd’s Pie – Clodagh McKenna

Ingredients: 

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks or 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, oregano or rosemary leaves
  • 400g/1lb leftover slow-roast lamb (sliced) or minced lamb or beef
  • 300ml/1 cup (and a bit!) lamb, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 200g/1½ cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsps tomato ketchup
  • 1 kg/2lbs potatoes
  • 80g/3 tbsps of butter
  • 80ml/⅓ cup of milk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 50g/2 tablespoons of melted butter for the top 

Check out the full recipe here.

100% Veggie Burger – The Happy Pear

Ingredients:

    • 150 g oats blended
    • 300 g cooked sweet potato
    • 100 g roasted red pepper – chopped
    • 100 g frozen spinach
    • 1 red onion
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • ½ tsp chilli powder
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 4 tbsp tamari
    • 4 tbsp rice flour
    • 4 tbsp Psyllium husk4 tbsp gram flour – for coating

Check out the full recipe here.

Rotisserie-Style Roast Chicken – Currabinny

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic chicken (roughly 1.7 – 2kg)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 Cloves of garlic, bashed
  • Olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
  • 60g butter

Check out the full recipe here.

Beef It Up Pittas – Catherine Fulvio

Ingredients:

  • ½ cucumber, peeled and sliced into ribbons
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 lemon, juice, retain a little to drizzle over the avocado
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 300g beef sirloin
  • 50g rocket leaves or any of your favourite salad leaves
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, stone removed, and cut into dice
  • 4 pitta breads, warmed and sliced open
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Check out the full recipe here.

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