Cacio e pepe

I first learnt about this dish from a very close friend of mine who visited Italy some time ago. We have a running joke about the quantity of cheese the two of use could consume (with little to no effort) and she told me about a dish she had tried on holiday that was literally…

Giant Rainbow Ravioli

There is something about big food that is just so much fun. No one expects a supersize raviolo to be placed in front of them (and even fewer would expect the baby ravioli inside to come spilling out when you open it up). Deciding whether to refer to this dish in the singular or the…

Mushroom Lasagne

Ahh my old friend mushroom pasta. I try to move away to new flavours but mushrooms and pasta and cheese just go together so well and together create the best lasagne I have had in a long time. Alternating layers of mushrooms and ricotta fillings, separated by perfectly cooked pasta dough and topped with a…

Decadent Mushroom Pasta Bake

This post marks the end of the second year of That Cooking Thing’s existence. When I started back in August of 2017 I had no idea that I would still be creating weekly recipes two years later. Many blogs seem to fizzle out within a few months of their inception and, to be honest, that…

Fresh Egg Pasta

Pasta: the king of comfort foods. It doesn’t matter how bad a day you’ve had, pasta will always be there to make you feel better. As a staple food of the student diet, pasta was one of my main sources of carbs while I was doing my undergrad degree; but, as much as I love…

Mushroom Carbonara

I feel that for my own health and safety, in what is quite possibly a vain attempt not to be taken out by the carbonara mafia, I should start this post by saying that THIS IS NOT A TRADITIONAL CARBONARA. I will explain how to make the classic version of this dish but, for those…

Meatballs

I felt that it would be quite poetic to start the second year of this blog’s life with a similar recipe to the start of the first year. The similarity between the ingredients in a bolognaise sauce and meatballs in tomato sauce is remarkable with the main difference in the recipes I use being the…

Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne

Lasagne is a comfort food. Layers of steaming hot pasta and filling with a crispy cheese topping; what is there not to love? It’s so versatile too as you can put whatever you like inside. My two favourite fillings are the one given below and also bolognaise (as is given in my recipe for Beef…

One Pot Pasta

There is a big trend at the moment for one pot meals. Cooking your whole meal in a single pan is a fantastic way to reduce washing up and if you are cooking around other people, it prevents competition for cookware! Like most cooking, one pot pasta is all about the ratios. You have to…

Beef Lasagne

Batch cooking is a wonderful thing. It’s how I survive at university. The more food I can make in one go, the less effort I have to expend cooking over the next week which is ideal as the term starts to get harder. Like the majority of the recipes in my Cooking to Basics section,…