Frugal Feast, Gorgeous Green, Super Simple, Meatless Monday

Just a quicky – cheapy- nutritious – delicious dish.


This brings together the sweet and salty with the mellow and sharp, perhaps not to everybodies taste, but I like those contrasts.

Get yourself down to the market and you will save yourself a fortune. Have a look here

However I concede that some trendy food markets are more expensive than shops. I popped into Borough Market yesterday and they were charging £26/Kg for Medjool dates and they were nowhere near as good as the ones I bought on my local food market.

Everyone says they are broke, so let’s save money and eat really well too


Frugal Feast, Gorgeous Green, Super Simple, Meatless Monday

2 heads of Calabrese
1 large Sweet potato
3 cloves of garlic
1 dssp rosemary
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
125 ml olive oil
1 tbsp tomato paste
500g Penne Pasta
12 -15 leaves of fresh basil, washed and torn.


Pre heat the oven to a furnace like 475˚F/240˚C/Gas 9.

Wash the Calabrese and cut into thumb sized ‘trees’.

Peel the sweet potato and cut into 1- 1.5 cm cubes.

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Place the potato onto a baking sheet and add the Rosemary, a slick of the olive oil , the vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt.


Roast for about 15 minutes, shaking and turning the pieces once every 5 minutes. You want them nice and caramalised on the outside.

Cook the Calabrese in salted boiling water for 5 minutes, so it is softened but not totally collapsing.

Cook the pasta as instructed on the packet.

Peel the garlic and crush in a press.

Once the Calabrese is cooked, drain it, refresh with cold water, drain and set to the side.

Remove the sweet potato from the oven and set to one side.

Drain the pasta and save 125 ml of the pasta water. Leave the pasta to one side.


Add the remaining olive oil to the now empty pasta pan and quickly cook the garlic for maybe 30 seconds to a minute – just enough to take away the acrid bite of the garlic.

Add the tomato paste and cook for a few seconds. NAd the basil, just to wilt it.

Add the reserved pasta water, bring up to the boil.

Add in the pasta, the potatoes and the Calabrese, the basil and mix with little pity so that the green and the orange of the vegetables starts to break down around the pasta.


This is delicious.

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