VEGGIE PASTA CHOWDER
PREPERATION: 15 MIN COOKING: 30 MIN SERVES 4 90ml (6T) butter 3 large carrots, cut into thin strips 250ml (1c) celery, thinly sliced 125ml (½c) finely chopped onion 30ml (2T) garlic, minced 1,25ml (¼t) dried parsley 500ml (2c) chicken stock salt and pepper 750ml (3c) baby spinach 750ml (3c) pasta, cooked CHEESE SAUCE 90ml (6T) flour 250ml (1c) fresh cream 500ml (2c) milk 500ml (2c) cheddar cheese, grated 125ml (½c) Parmesan cheese, grated 1 Heat 30ml (2T) butter in large pot. Add the carrots, celery and onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 30-40 seconds. 2 Add the parsley, stock and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cover. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the spinach and pasta and cook for another 5 minutes.
3 Cheese sauce In a separate pan, over medium heat, add the remaining butter. Add the flour and whisk for a minute. Pour in the cream and milk and cook until the mixture bubbles and becomes foamy. Stir constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Add the cheeses and whisk until smooth. 4 Pour the sauce over the vegetables and stir until well combined.
PREPERATION: 5 MIN COOKING: 30 MIN SERVES 4 125ml (½c) long-grain white rice, uncooked 875ml low-fat milk 1 whole stick cinnamon pinch of salt 1 egg 60ml (¼c) brown sugar pinch of ground nutmeg 5ml (1t) vanilla essence 80ml raisins 60ml (¼c) sliced almonds, toasted white chocolate curls OR white chocolate shavings to serve (optional) 1 In a saucepan over medium heat, add the rice, 750ml (3c) milk, the cinnamon stick and the salt. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently until the mixture comes to a simmer and begins to thicken. 2 In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, sugar and the remaining milk until well combined. Add about 250ml (1c) of the rice mixture to the egg mixture at a time, whisking to combine. 3 Place the rice and egg mixture back into the pot. Add the nutmeg and vanilla essence and continue to cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. 4 Remove from heat and stir in the raisins. 5 Serve warm or cold with the almond slices and chocolate shavings, if using.