Now, I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things to do in autumn is cuddle up by the TV with a comforting meal. So, naturally, I’ve accumulated a few recipes that are just perfect (alright Goldilocks, chill) for doing such!

 Butternut Squash Risotto

One of my favouriteeee go-to recipes ever has to be this risotto! It’s fairly easy to make and doesn’t require many ingredients.

You will need:

  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • 1 handful risotto rice
  • Butter (optional)
  • Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • Olive oil (or low cal spray)

Simply chop the butternut squash into cubes, toss with the oil, paprika, salt and pepper, and pop in the oven in a roasting tray for 40-45 minutes, on 180 degrees fan. 

Whilst this is roasting, bring water to boil and add the risotto rice. Leave to absorb for a few minutes, before adding the vegetable stock cube.

Add the roasted butternut squash and simmer until it breaks down into a pulp. Remove from heat, stir in butter, and serve!

(Based on a recipe from One Pound Meals, my student saviour which you should check out for sure!!).

Mushroom Gnocchi

Another simple one! Filling, quick to make, cheap and tastes fab.

You will need:

  • Shop bought gnocchi (or use this recipe)
  • Cream cheese
  • Natural yoghurt (I use low fat)
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Garlic, paprika, salt and pepper
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Oil (or low cal spray)

Lightly fry the onion and mushrooms together in a sauce pan with the oil. Once softened, add the natural yoghurt and cream cheese on a low heat to prevent curdling. Add milk and flour to thin/thicken sauce as required.

Add the gnocchi into a pan of boiling salted water and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Combine the gnocchi with the sauce mixture, and season using the garlic, paprika, salt and pepper to taste.


Tomato Pasta Bake

A classic and a student staple!

You will need:

  • Pasta
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • Handful of fresh tomatoes
  • Flour
  • 2 handfuls cheese

First bring a pan of salted water to boil, and add the pasta.

In a separate pan, add the chopped tomatoes, puree and fresh tomatoes on a low heat. Allow to soften. Once soft, add a handful of the cheese and then the flour to thicken the sauce.

Combine with the cooked and drained pasta, transfer into a baking tray, sprinkle with cheese and grill for about 5 minutes (until the cheese is bubbly!).

What are your favourite recipes for cosy nights in? Let me know!


H x