Lets face it, when you think of the Netherlands you don’t think about our food. Unless it’s the brownies with a certain kind of weed in it. After World War Two the Dutch menu was very plain and simple and I think it’s still the base for a lot of people. Bread, boiled potatoes, season veggies. We like to eat with the family, because that’s ‘gezelligheid‘, eating out is something we don’t do on a regular base.

Okey, this might be a bit of a  stereotype start of a post, but every stereotype has some form of truth in it.

In the “60’s” the first foreign restaurants started popping up in the Netherlands, Chinese, Italian and French food started to fill up our menu’s and we even started making the meals at home. The dutch magazines “Libelle” en “Margiet” played a big part in this. They wrote about these new foods and even came up with recipes. In order to make sure it wouldn’t scare the readers they would adapt the recipes. After that came food brands like ‘Knor’ who came up with little bags of mix you could just add water to. I actually learned how to cook with those little bags. But when I look at those bags now and see al the salts and ‘added flavours’ I’m glad I moved on.

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Of course, the ‘original’ isn’t vegetarian, I mean how weird would that be. But I replaced the ham with a meat replacement.

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  • 1 pack of ‘macaroni vegetables’
    (leek, red onion, yellow paprika, green paprika, red paprika)
  • 1 large can of tomato puree (140 gr.)
  • 1 package of ‘ham’
  • pasta
  • grated cheese
  • pepper/salt/garlic/paprika/oregano/basil
  • 40 ml of water

If you look at the picture and the picture I started with you can tell I used the ‘wrong’ pasta. But I didn’t want to buy a bag of pasta and not use it again after. So I just used the whole wheat pasta I normally use. So start by cooking the pasta according to the directions on the package.

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While the pasta is cooking you make the ‘sauce’, instead of using a package I used 1 can of tomatoes and added the spices. After that, veggie time!! Funny thing about these packages of veggies, they’re also being sold as ‘bami/nasi’-vegetables…. Yes, we eat fried rice as an actual meal…

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Anyhoe… heat some oil in a pan and bake the ham until it starts to brown. After that add the veggies and bake them for a few minutes until they start to soften up a bit. After that, add tomato paste and water and mix everything up.

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Drain your pasta and mix everything together. Finish of with a generous amount of cheese.

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