Hearty mushroom bolognese – Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan – recipe in the Thermomix

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Hearty mushroom bolognese – Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan – recipe in the Thermomix.

Try our hearty mushroom bolognese recipe. It’s easy, low fat and full of vegetables. Two kinds of mushrooms – porcini and chestnut – add a lovely meaty punch to this vegetarian, and vegan, twist on a classic bolognese sauce!

If you love the comfort of a hearty bolognese sauce after a cold/breezy day, then this recipe is for you.


 

Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 50g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 500g chestnut mushrooms 
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 bunch of basil

Let’s go…

  1. Soak 50g porcini mushrooms in 200ml boiling water.
  2. Add 2 onions, halved, 4 garlic cloves, 2 carrots, roughly chopped, 500g chestnut mushrooms and 2 celery stalks to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil and cook for 4 minutes / 100C / speed 1.
  4. In the meantime, drain the porcini mushrooms, keeping the liquid. Chop them.
  5. Add 2tbsp tomato puree, the chopped porcini mushrooms, a few sprigs of fresh thyme, 1 tsp celery salt and the strained liquid in the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / reverse speed low, without measuring cup.
  6. Add 400g chopped tomatoes and salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 20 minutes / 100C / reverse speed low, replacing measuring cup with simmering basket.
  7. In the meantime, cook your pasta in a pan, as per packet instructions.
  8. Drain the pasta and stir it through the bolognese sauce. Pick the basil leaves and sprinkle over the bolognese with a good grating of Parmesan to serve.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

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Loaded sweet potatoes with parma ham and mozarella

Loaded sweet potatoes with parma ham and mozzarella

 


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Active time: 15 minutes – Total time: 1h30

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • 1 ball of mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 handful of baby leave spinach
  • 50g milk
  • 100g parma ham, cut in cubes
  • Some fresh chive

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C. Wash 4 sweet potatoes. Bake them whole in the oven for 50 minutes.
  2. Add one ball of mozzarella and one tsp corn flour to the TM bowl. Mix for 6 seconds / speed 5. Set aside.

  3. Add one garlic clove to the TM bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides. Add 1 tbsp olive oil

  4. Add 1 tbsp olive oil. Cook for 3 minutes / 80C / Speed 1.

  5. Add 3 handful baby leave spinach. Cook for 3 minutes / 110C / Speed 1, Reverse speed. 

  6. When cooked, cut the sweet potatoes in half. Remove the flesh and add it to the TM bowl together with 50g milk and salt & pepper. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 3 / reverse speed.

  7. Turn the potato skins upside down, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

  8. Fill the potato skins with the potato flesh / spinach mix. Top with parma ham bits and the grated mozzarella.

  9. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle with chive and serve while hot.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Ham and cheese buns – with or without a Thermomix

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Ham and cheese buns – with or without a Thermomix

Stuffed buns are perfect for lunch boxes (for adults and kids alike), to take on a picnic, to serve as an aperitif or to have for a simple dinner, served with a green salad.

I made these with ham & cheese. Alternatives can be brie & cranberry, goats cheese, pesto, olives, chorizo, bacon, mozzarella, feta & sun-dried tomatoes. Fill them generously with what’s in your fridge, you can’t really go wrong!

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Can be frozen

For gluten-free, replace plain flour with buckwheat flour

For vegetarian – vary filling as above: brie & cranberry, goats cheese, pesto, feta and sundried tomatoes etc etc.


Active time: 20 minutes – Total time: 2h47

Makes 12 buns

Ingredients:

  • 200g milk
  • 70g salted butter
  • 1tbsp caster sugar
  • 15g fresh yeast
  • 400g plain flour
  • 6 slices ham, roughly chopped
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese, roughly chopped
  • 6 tsp mustard (we use Dijon mustard here but you can use whichever one you prefer)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Let’s go…

  1. Add 200g milk, 70g butter, 1tsp sugar and 15g fresh yeast to the mixing bowl. Mix for 3 minutes / 37C / speed 2.
  2. Add 400g flour and 1tsp salt to the bowl. Knead for 4 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a damp cloth or cling film and leave to rest in a warm place for one hour.
  4. Flour your work surface and split the dough into 12.
  5. Roll out each piece into an oval / rough rectangle shape.
  6. Spread 1/2 tsp mustard, a generous portion of ham and cheddar cheese into each rectangle.
  7. Roll everything together into a log, and cut three slits into the top of each bun.
  8. Place the logs onto greaseproof paper, cover and allow to rise for another hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  10. Brush the buns with egg yolk.
  11. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, onion powder, garlic powder (optional)
  12. Bake for 25 minutes.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Mint & feta lamb meatballs – with or without a Thermomix

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Mint & feta lamb meatballs – with or without a Thermomix

A Greek-inspired recipe for you today: lamb, feta and mint meatballs – a mouthful of flavour in every bite.

Juicy and very tasty, the mint, garlic, and parsley complete perfectly the lamb.

I serve them with pitta bread, houmous, fresh mint, sliced tomatoes, greek yogurt, crumbled feta, and tzatziki. But they’d be equally as good served with rice, pasta or a salad.

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Can be frozen

For gluten-free, replace breadcrumbs by an egg.


Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 35 minutes – cost: £7.08 (add about £4 for all the trimmings)

Ingredients:

  • 2  garlic clove, peeled – £0.10
  • 50g fresh parsley – £0.50
  • 1 red onion – £0.22
  • 500g minced lamb – £4.25
  • 3 tbsp mint sauce – £0.10
  • 200g feta cheese – £1.35
  • 100g breadcrumbs – £0.50
  • Salt & pepper

Let’s go…

  1. Place 2 garlic cloves and 40g fresh parsley leaves in the bowl. Mix for 5 seconds, speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 1 red onion. Mix for 5 seconds, speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Add 500g minced lamb, 200g feta cheese, 3 tbsp mint sauce, 100g breadcrumbs and salt & pepper to taste. Mix 15 seconds / speed 6.
  4. Form meatballs with your hands and place in oiled Varoma.
  5. Pour 1 litre water into mixing bowl. Cook for 30 minutes / Varoma / Speed 3.

Serve with pitta bread, houmous, fresh mint, sliced tomatoes, greek yogurt and tzatziki.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Thermomix one pot creamy mushroom pasta

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Thermomix one pot creamy mushroom pasta

One pot pasta are a true revelation. When I discovered them a few years ago, I thought they were the best things ever but now with the help of Momo our Thermomix, they’re even better and quicker.

Let Thermomix chop the garlic and the onions, drop all the ingredients in the mixing bowl, and cook all together – even the pasta – and about 20 minutes later, you’ll end up with a deliciously satisfying pasta dish.

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Serves 4

Active time: 7 minutes – Total time: 21 minutes – cost £4.25

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bun flat parsley – £0.35
  • 2 garlic cloves – £0.10
  • 2 shallots – £0.20
  • 2 tbsp olive oil – £0.10
  • 200g closed cup mushrooms – £0.90
  • 350g penne pasta – £0.40
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 180g Philadelphia – £1.60
  • 50g grated parmesan – £0.70

Let’s go…

  1. Add the parsley leaves to the mixing bowl. Chop for 3 seconds / speed 8.
  2. Add 2 garlic cloves. Chop for 3 seconds / speed 8.
  3. Add 2 shallots. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add 2 tbsp olive oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / low speed.
  5. In the meantime, wash and slice 250g mushrooms.
  6. Add 350g penne pasta, 800g water, 1 tsp salt and the mushrooms. Cook for pasta cooking instruction + 3 minutes so if you’re pasta require 12 minutes cooking then time 15 minutes / 100C / low speed – reverse speed.
  7. Add 180g Philadelphia, pepper, chopped parsley and mix gently.
  8. Serve immediately with grated parmesan.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Cherry tomato clafoutis (kla-FOO-tee) – with or without a Thermomix

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Cherry tomato clafoutis (kla-FOO-tee) – with or without a Thermomix

5 minutes of your time is all this recipe will take.

A clafouti (pronounced kla-FOO-tee) is traditionally a rustic French dessert. It consists of fruits baked in a custard-like batter similar to pancake batter. It’s simply delicious and I will add a traditional clafouti recipe on here soon.

In the meantime, here’s a savoury version which a welcome change to quiches and tarts we very often eat. Served with a simple green salad, it makes a great meal for family or friends. Very easy and very elegant.

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Can be frozen

For gluten free, replace plain flour by buckwheat.


Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 45 minutes – cost £3.24

Ingredients:

  • 20 fresh basil leaves – £0.70
  • 30 cherry tomatoes – £1.60
  • 150g milk – £0.06
  • 150g creme fraiche – £0.17
  • 3 eggs – £0.41
  • 60g self raising flour – £0.05
  • 50g grated parmesan – £0.25
  • Salt & pepper

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Lightly grease a 20cm oven proof dish. Place 30 cherry tomatoes in the dish.
  3. Add 20 basil leaves to the mixing bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 8. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add 150g milk, 150g creme fraiche, 3 eggs, 60g self raising flour, 50g grated parmesan and salt & pepper to the bowl. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 5.
  5. Pour over the tomatoes.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

I sometimes add 100g goats cheese, mozzarella or feta cheese or some bacon lardons, a spoonful of mustard, a couple of spoons of pesto, a handful of black olives – the possibilities are endless.

Best served still warm.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

French yoghurt cake Thermomix recipe.

 

French yoghurt cake – with or without a Thermomix. 5 ingredients / 5 minutes active time. Simply the easiest cake in the world!

This is quite possibly the easiest cake in the world in the first place. Made as a Thermomix cake recipe and you’ll be done in 5 minutes!

If you’re a new to baking or straight out of a packet type baker, then this is for you. Never again will you reach for pre-prepared cake mix, once you’ve given this recipe a go. 

In France, this is the cake of choice for grandmothers teaching the basics of baking to their grandchildren. Not only can it be thrown together in minutes, it is also a wonderfully moist, super delicious and ultra fluffy, because of the yoghurt. 

Here’s the recipe I’ve been using practically all my life ever since this wonderful cake has entered my repertoire. Since the arrival of the Thermomix, I’ve kept the recipe exactly the same. It’s just that little bit faster and easier to make nowadays.

It is definitely my go-to Thermomix cake recipe as it is so versatile. Think fresh raspberries and strawberries, whipped cream, melted chocolate or just keep it plain and simple!

Once you’ve mastered the basic Thermomix cake recipe below, the possibilities are endless.

The proper yoghurt cake recipe uses yoghurt pots (small Activia type) to measure up all the ingredients. As it’s more difficult to buy small pots of plain yoghurt here in the UK, I have converted the recipe into grams for you. 

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  • 160 g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 80 g sunflower oil
  • 125 g plain or Greek yoghurt
  • 160 g self raising flour
  • Optional: zest of one lemon or one orange / a tsp vanilla essence / fresh raspberries
  1. Preheat your oven to 180C

  2. Add 160g brown sugar and 2 eggs to the mixing bowl. Mix for 15 seconds / speed 4.

  3. Add 80g sunflower oil, 125g plain yoghurt, 160g self-raising flour (as well as your optional ingredients). Mix for 30 seconds / speed 4

  4. Bake for 35 minutes @ 180C (check with a clean knife if the cake is cooked)

 

Thermomix spicy pumpkin soup with cool chunky salsa

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Thermomix spicy pumpkin soup with cool chunky salsa

A pumpkin soup with a kick and a twist – perfect as a dinner party starter or just because it’s autumn.

It’s such an easy recipe and can be made in bulk and frozen. It’s also ideal for vegetarians.

Most pumpkin soup recipes are loaded with cream – not this one. It’s full of the good stuff!

What’s not to like?

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 27 minutes

Ingredients:

CHUNKY SALSA

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper (optional), trimmed, halved and deseeded
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and halved
  • Salt & pepper

SPICY PUMPKIN SOUP

  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 3cm fresh ginger, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp chilli flakes
  • 400g pumpkin, peeled and roughly cubed
  • 400g vegetable stock

 

Let’s go…

CHUNKY SALSA

  1. Put one garlic clove into the Thermomix bowl and mix for 3 seconds / Speed 7.
  2. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add 1/2 bunch coriander and 1/2 jalapeno pepper into the bowl and chop for 4 seconds / Speed 5. Set aside in the simmering basket to remove any excess liquid.
  3. Put 4 tomatoes and 2 red peppers, halved, into the Thermomix bowl and chop for 5 seconds / Speed 5.
  4. Add the tomatoes, peppers, and salt to the basket and stir to combine with the other ingredients.
  5. Strain to get rid of any excess liquid.
  6. Put the finished salsa in the fridge to allow the flavours to develop.

SPICY PUMPKIN SOUP

  1. Add 1 onion, 3cm fresh ginger and 2 garlic cloves into the mixing bowl and chop for 10 seconds / speed 6.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground nutmeg, 1 tsp chilli flakes. Saute for 3 minutes / Varoma / Speed 2.
  3. Add 400g pumpkin and chop for 10 seconds / speed 4.
  4. Add 400g vegetable stock. Cook for around 15 minutes / 100ºC / Speed 1.
  5. Puree by bringing speed up slowly to speed 9 for up to 30 seconds.

Serve immediately in individual bowls, topped up with the cool salsa.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Jamie vs Momo – Pregnant Jool’s pasta, crunchy salad & little frangipane tarts

In this new series of complete 3 course meals, we’re taking on Jamie Oliver’s 30 minutes meals and see if we can make them even better & faster with a little help from our friend Momo the Thermomix.

One thing’s for sure – there isn’t 10,000 things to wash up by the end of it!

Tune back in every Thursday for a new 30 minutes meal.

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Jamie vs Momo – Pregnant Jool’s pasta, crunchy salad & little frangipane tarts


Serves 6

Active time: 28 minutes – Total time: 28 minutes (Momo 1 – Jamie 0)

Ingredients:

Pasta

  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 – 2 fresh chillis
  • 400g sausage meat (Jamie uses 6 good quality sausages)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 500g dried pasta of your choice
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • A few sprigs of basil

Salad

  • 1 mixed bag of prewashed rocket and watercress
  • Parmesan cheese shavings
  • 1 lemon
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Tarts

  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 50g water
  • 1 egg
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 100g butter
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 175g good quality raspberry jam
  • 250g creme fraiche to serve

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 190C. Fill the kettle and stick it on.
  2. TARTS – Make shortcrust pastry by adding 150g plain flour, 75g butter cut into pieces, 1/2 tsp salt and 50g water into the bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 4. Wrap pastry ball in cling film and place into the fridge.
  3. Rinse your Thermomix bowl.
  4. Next, make the frangipane filling by adding one egg, 100g ground almond, 100g butter, 90g caster sugar, the zest of one orange and one tbsp vanilla extract to the mixing bowl. Mix 20 seconds / speed 4. Set aside until needed.
  5. Let your Thermomix mixing bowl wash itself, by half filling it up with water and a few drops of washing up liquid. Turn on for 50 seconds / 100C / Speed 5. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
  6. PASTA – Add 4 trimmed spring onions, 1 peeled carrot, 1 stick of celery and 1 chilli, all very roughly chopped, to the mixing bowl. Chop for 7 seconds / speed 5.
  7. Saute for 3 minutes / 100C / speed 1.
  8. In the meantime, put a large deep saucepan on a low heat and fill with boiling water.
  9. Back to your Thermomix bowl. Add 400g sausage meat, 1 tsp fennel seeds and 1 tsp dried oregano. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 4.
  10. Add a dollop of olive oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  11. TARTS – In the meantime, take your shortcrust pastry out of the fridge. Roll it out on a floured surface and arrange into 6 individual tart tins.
  12. Spoon a small tsp of good quality raspberry jam into each pastry base. Top with a heaped teaspoon of almond filling (aka frangipane), add another small tsp of jam, then another heaped tsp of almond filling. Bake for 18 minutes.
  13. PASTA – Salt the boiling water and add 500g pasta – cook according to packet instructions.
  14. Add 4 unpeeled cloves of garlic, 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar and a tin of chopped tomatoes into the sausage mixture. Cook for a further 10 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed 1.
  15. SALAD – add parmesan shavings on top of the rocket & watercress. Serve with a bottle of extra virgin olive oil and lemon wedges to dress right before eating.
  16. Drain the pasta. Dip them into serving dish. Pour over the sausage sauce. Give it a good mix and serve with grated parmesan and a few basil leaves to sprinkle over.
  17. TARTS – when they’re ready, take them out of the oven. Serve them warm, with a dollop of creme fraiche.

How easy was that!

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Thermomix Tom Kha Gai soup

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Thermomix Tom Kha Gai soup

Full of wonderful flavours, you’ll feel instantly transported to Thailand with this classic chicken and coconut soup. Warming and incredibly comforting, this soup will only require 25 minutes of your time.

Double the recipe to have left over for the next day. Like most sauce dishes, they’re even better the following day.

Let the broth reduce even further and you’ll have a full chicken meal that just needs serving with rice.

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Serves 4

Active time: 25 minutes – Total time: 55 minutes – cost: £7.19

Ingredients:

  • 1  garlic clove, peeled – £0.05
  • 1 shallot – £0.05
  • 4 cm fresh ginger, peeled and sliced – £0.30
  • 3 sticks of lemongrass – £1.40
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce – £0.10
  • 1 tin coconut milk – £1.45
  • 700g chicken stock – £0.15
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into strips – £1.50
  • 120g shiitake mushrooms – £1.35
  • 1 tsp Thai chilli paste – £0.14
  • 1 lime – £0.35
  • Half a bunch of coriander – £0.35

Let’s go…

  1. Place 1 garlic clove and 1 shallot into the bowl. Mix for 5 seconds, speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add the sliced ginger, 3 sticks lemongrass, 3 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tin coconut milk and 700g chicken stock. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed 1.
  3. In the meantime, slice the chicken and the mushrooms. Add them both to the bowl. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed 1.
  4. In the meantime, zest the lime.
  5. Add the end of cooking time, add the juice of one lime and 1 tsp Thai chilli paste to the soup.
  6. Serve immediately sprinkled with fresh coriander and lime zest.

Delicious. Bon appetit x