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Sometimes it has to be quick!

I am sure you know the feeling when you don’t want to stand in the kitchen for hours, but still would like to have a yummy meal. Well, in that case, pasta with vegetable sauce is always the right option for me. During the time the pasta is cooking, you can prepare the sauce.

Usually I use strained tomatoes as a base, but yesterday I thought I have to try something else. Luckily I commemorated a recipe with gorgonzola sauce that I found on Gourmandises végétariennes. I never tried the combination of gorgonzola and kohlrabi and was keen to test it. After cooking it I have to say that it really tastes great together! And the best thing is: the dish is ready in less then 20min- faster than every delivery service I know!

Pasta with kohlrabi in a gorgonzola sauce

250g pasta

2 kohlrabi

1 onion

1 garlic glove

1 tablespoon oil

200ml vegetable stock

150ml milk

70g gorgonzola

2 tablespoons chopped parsley


salt, pepper

1. Chop the onion and garlic glove to small dices. Clean the kohlrabi and quarter it. Chip the quarters to 5mm/0.2 inches thick slices.

2. Start to boil the water for the pasta and cook the pasta according to the instructions. During this time start with the sauce.  Roast the  onion and garlic in a pan with the oil. Deglaze them with the vegetable stock and put the kohlrabi pieces in it. Let them cook for about 6min.

3. Cut the gorgonzola to pieces and let it melt in the pan with the kohlrabi. Fill the milk in the sauce and boil it up. If you think it is too liquid thick it with some cornflour.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Pour the sauce over the pasta and strew the parsley over it.

Conchiglioni – the best way to eat mussels!

Did you collect shells from the beach in your holiday when you were a child? Well, I still have to do that when I see a beautiful one. I can’t help myself, I just love the different shapes and the pearly shimmer. I have quite a sizeable collection from different travel destinations at home which is still growing with every beach trip.

As you know this, you can imagine my delight when I first discovered chonchilioni in the supermarket: Pasta in the shape of shells!! Did I tell you that I love pasta? And I love filled pasta even more???

I was looking through various cookbooks to find a filling that is as promising as the pasta itself. And finally I found THE filling in Nudeln by Cornelia Schinharl. This recipe includes all of my favourite ingredients: pumpkin (of course), walnut, ricotta and parmesan.

Conchiglioni with pumpkin-ricotta filling

250g conchiglioni

500g pumpkin

1 bunch of spring onions

50g parmesan

50g walnut kernels

250g ricotta

1 egg

salt, pepper

olive oil

1. Cook the pasta in salted water until they are al dente. Keep some of the salt water. Rinse the conchiglioni with cold water and let them drip off.

2. Remove the fibres and seeds from the pumpkin and chop it. Steam the pumpkin for about 10min until it is soft. Puree it with about 150ml of the saltwater of the pasta afterwards.

Preheed the oven to 160°C.

3. Clean the spring onions and cut them into rings. Chop the walnut kernels and parmesan and blend it with a kitchen blender.

Stir the pumpkin puree with the ricotta, parmesan, walnut and spring onions. Flavour to taste with salt and pepper before you intermix the egg with the mass (if you do it in this order you don’t need to eat raw eggs).

4. Grease a casserole with some olive oil. Fill about 1,5 teaspoons of the mass in each noodle and place them side by side in the casserole. Put them in the oven for about 30min until they get some colour.