Recipes for National Cooking Programme – Week Two

Photo credit - School Food Matters

Photo Credit – School Food Matters


We’re very excited to launch our National Cooking Programme an ‘oven-ready’ programme of x20 FREE online interactive classes for teenagers wanting to learn to cook. Here is what we’ll be cooking on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at 5.30pm which will be livestreamed on Instagram and YouTube.  Please get prepared with the ingredients and familiarise yourself with the recipe so you can cook along with us.

Shopping list

Firstly here is a handy shopping list for all of the ingredients required

olive oil
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
handful of parsley
dried oregano
450g tin chopped tomatoes
tomato paste
250g pasta – any shape so choose your favourite

Rich Tomato Sauce



4 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic chopped
450g tin chopped tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste
teaspoonful of dried oregano
handful of parsley chopped
salt and pepper to taste


1. Fry the chopped onions in the olive oil until golden brown.
2. Add the chopped garlic and fry for about thirty seconds but do not brown it or it will be bitter.
3. Add the tinned tomatoes and the tomato paste, which gives a lovely rich flavour.
4. Add the parsley and dried oregano to the mixture.
5. Fill the tin, in which the tomatoes came, with cold water and add that to the saucepan too.
6. Bring the mixture up to the boil and then turn it down to cook more slowly or simmer for about twenty minutes. This will allow the sauce to cook without becoming dry. It will give the
ingredients a chance to blend together and develop a delicious flavour. A sauce must be ‘saucy’ and not dry. If too dry, add a little cold water and continue to cook again for a short while.
7. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.


How to boil pasta


250g pasta of choice – any shaped favourite one will do
saucepan full of cold water


1. Put a few teaspoonfuls of salt into a saucepan that has been filled with cold water. Taste the water to see that it is a only a little bit salty. Too much salt would not taste good.
2. Place the saucepan on the hob and turn it up to high and allow the water to come to the boil.
3. When the water is boiling, take the pan off the heat for a short while and place the pasta in the boiling water.
4. Return the saucepan to the hob and, using a large spoon, stir the pasta around and make sure that it is all covered by the boiling water. Be careful not to splash yourself with the water.
5. Let the water come up to the boil again but watch it carefully so that it does not boil over.
6. Then turn the heat down and allow the pasta to cook until it is done. There is flour in the pasta so that needs to cook for the pasta to taste good.
7. To see if the pasta is ready, take out one piece and taste it. If it is soft and tastes good, pour the pasta and water through a colander to drain off the water.
8. Then pour the pasta back into the saucepan in which it was cooked.
9. Pour the sauce you are using over the pasta and mix in well.
10. Serve whilst hot.