Tips To Prepare Creamy Pasta Recipes South Africa Quick

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South Africa’s culinary scene is a vibrant tapestry of flavors, influenced by Dutch, Malay, and indigenous African traditions. This rich heritage extends to their love for pasta, where creamy sauces take center stage, offering a comforting and soul-satisfying experience. Here, we delve into the world of these delectable dishes, equipping you to recreate them in your own kitchen.

1. Creamy Tomato Bredie Pasta

-Ingredient Creamy Chicken Pasta - YouTube
-Ingredient Creamy Chicken Pasta – YouTube

This dish is a fusion of Italian and South African comfort food. Bredie, a traditional South African stew, gets a creamy twist when paired with pasta.

# Ingredients:

500g (1 lb) dried pasta (penne, fusilli, or macaroni work well)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 (400g) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (400g) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 400ml (1 3/4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 250ml (1 cup) heavy cream
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • # Directions:

    1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in the garlic and bell pepper, cooking for another 2 minutes until fragrant.
    4. Add the diced tomatoes, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, paprika, and red pepper flakes (if using). Season with salt and pepper.
    5. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld.
    6. Pour in the chicken or vegetable stock and bay leaf. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
    7. Remove the bay leaf and discard. Using an immersion blender or a regular blender in batches, puree the sauce until mostly smooth, leaving some texture.
    8. Stir in the heavy cream and bring to a gentle simmer.
    9. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and toss to coat evenly.
    10. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to your taste.
    11. Serve hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley (optional).

    2. Creamy Bobotie Pasta

    Bobotie, a fragrant South African dish with minced meat, fruit, and spices, gets a delightful makeover as a creamy pasta bake.

    # Ingredients:

    500g (1 lb) dried pasta (shells or spirals work well)

  • 500g (1 lb) ground beef or lamb
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 (400g) can diced tomatoes
  • 400ml (1 3/4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 250ml (1 cup) heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbsp chopped dried apricots
  • 1 tbsp chopped almonds
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

  • # Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
    2. In a large skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium heat. Brown the ground meat, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
    3. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    4. Stir in the garlic, bell pepper, curry powder, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Cook for another minute until fragrant.
    5. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken or vegetable stock, raisins, apricots, almonds, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
    6. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop.
    7. Stir in the heavy cream and cooked pasta.
    8. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish. Top with grated cheddar cheese.