Ultimate Lazy Night In! The Speediest and Easiest Dinner and Dessert – No Lie!

one pot pasta

♥  One Pot Pasta
♥  Mocha Chocolate Mug Cake

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There are so many cooking sins in these dishes it is quite astounding! Pasta with a sauce all made in one pot and cake cooked in a microwave. Cringing?  I was, until I actually tried these two internet quick recipe sensations.  They actually worked!

chocolate mug cake

Last week I was not very well and felt drained of energy.  I’m sure we all have those days.  The problem with that is, in most cases, food is a necessary requirement for recovery.  Unfortunately, I was so lethargic, cooking a good meal felt tiring thinking about it.  I started reading up super-fast and quick recipes and found these two.  I was very sceptical at first.  Could these dishes really be THAT easy and edible at the same time?

I tried out the one pot spaghetti and had an awesome night in with my husband, bowls in our laps, son fast asleep and Netflix at the ready. Perfection!  Half way through, the sweet crave kicked in so I went back in the kitchen and whipped up a mug cake.  Very little washing up and satisfied bellies was most definitely a good result.  I have to say that night was the epitome of comfort eating but we all need that once in a while.  These dishes might not be the most authentic or best tasting but when you have that hunger and limited time these definitely hit the spot!

One pot pasta

There are so many versions of one pot pasta, made most famous by Martha Stewart who discovered the dish in Puglia, Italy.  Not only is it fast cooking, it is very customisable.

One pot pasta

You can use your favourite pasta shape and add whatever vegetables and flavours you like as long as you keep the pieces relatively small or thin so they cook within the time.  I kept mine simple and spicy.  How I like most things!  I didn’t have fresh herbs around at the time but I recommend using them over dried in this recipe.

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The same goes for the mug cake.  Trying out your favourite flavours is simple.  Adding a dollop of peanut butter instead of chocolate spread without the coffee or melting white chocolate and throwing in some raspberries may be worth a try.

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My recipe is egg free so you could easily make this vegan by substituting the milk for almond milk.  I tried quite a few recipes for this dessert and many came out dry and unappealing.  I discovered using oil instead of butter kept this cake moist and the added spoon of chocolate spread gave it a luxurious gooey centre.  I thought I would stick to the Italian theme and go for a decadent chocolatey coffee flavour.  So here goes….

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One Pot Pasta - Spaghetti with Spicy Red Pepper and Cherry Tomatoes
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Servings
generously
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Servings
generously
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Chop the red pepper into small pieces.  Slice the onion, red chilli and garlic thinly.  Remember these ingredients will be cooking quickly so keeping them small helps.
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  2. Cut half the cherry tomatoes into small pieces (quarter them) and the other half in halves.
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  3. Slice the onion, red chilli and garlic thinly.  Remember these ingredients will be cooking quickly so keeping them small helps.
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  4. Place the spaghetti in a large pan along with the onion, garlic, red pepper, chilli (if using), cherry tomatoes and half the basil.  Season generously with salt.
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  5. Pour the water into the pan, add the puree and the oil.
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  6. Turn the heat on high to bring the water to a boil.  Once boiling, gently stir the contents of the pan frequently to incorporate all the ingredients and separate the spaghetti once it softens.  You may have to stir more towards the end of cooking to avoid the spaghetti from sticking.
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  7. Boil for 10 to 15 minutes until the water has absorbed and the spaghetti is cooked to your liking.
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  8. Serve hot with your favourite grated cheese on top and garnish with the leftover basil.
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Recipe Notes

Another version of the one pot pasta method using farfalle pasta with added spinach.  Equally tasty!

one pot pasta with spinach

one pot pasta with spinach

one pot pasta with spinach

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Mug Cake - Mocha Chocolate Dessert
I have used tablespoon/teaspoon measurements for this because why spend longer weighing than it takes to cook.  Proper measure spoons will work better with this. If you're really good you could get this done in an ad break!  It's also an instant eat.  Eating it warm is better and definitely do not leave this for the next day. Remember it is cake made in a mug.
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mug
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Servings
mug
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a microwavable mug, pour in the milk and coffee and heat in the microwave for around 20 seconds. Mix well until the coffee has dissolved.
  2. Mix the oil into the coffee mixture.
  3. In another mug or cereal sized bowl, place the flour, baking powder, cocoa, sugar and salt and stir through.
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  4. Spoon in the dry ingredients into the coffee oil mug and stir through after each spoonful to ensure it's evenly mixed.
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  5. Dollop the spread of choice right into the centre of the mixture and push down into the middle. Cover it slightly with some of the chocolate batter.
  6. Place the mug into the microwave and cook for 1 minute 10 seconds on full power.
  7. Turn the cake out onto a plate and dust with some icing sugar or eat straight from the mug with a spoon of vanilla ice cream on top. Be careful the cake will be hot.
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Please have a go at these.  They are honestly so easy, there really is no excuse.  Whenever you are in need of that comforting hug on a plate and fast!  They are both easy to adapt with different flavours as long as the main ingredients are kept the same in quantity.  I would love to hear what additions you use and please send me photographs for my gallery.  Thank you!

 

 

11 thoughts on “Ultimate Lazy Night In! The Speediest and Easiest Dinner and Dessert – No Lie!”

    1. Thanks Aarti! Yes it’s great for a quick dessert but please do not expect the real thing. Nothing beats real baking but it’s good to try these things out and definitely hits the spot for a chocolately crave!

    1. Yes please do! Please send me photos of your creations. Remember you can add whatever you like to the pasta. Some extra chilli or chopped olives might be nice. Or make it healthier with extra vegetables. Spinach is a good one.

    1. Super! Please let me know how they turn out. Remember it’s easy to add your favourite flavours especially the pasta dish xx

  1. So I finally got a chance to try the one pot spaghetti! It was quick easy and full of flavour! I used green chillies instead of red and added black pepper!

    Can you post a few videos of some of your great bakes?

    Xx

    1. Thank you for your feedback. So glad you enjoyed the spaghetti! Try it again with green vegetables or add some cream at the end for a different dish. I will definitely start doing some videos soon – great suggestion. xx

  2. Tried the mug cake tonight as a quick sharing dessert and it turned out fantastic! Added a massive scoop of Nutella in there 🙂 Great recipe Rena x

    1. Thank you so much Ashwini! Oooh Nutella sounds yum! Great to hear your feedback and idea. Please try out some more recipes and let me know how you get on x

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