Stanton Family Pasta (with an Asian Twist)

14th October 2016

Alice and I are so often torn between the good will and intention to eat everything organic, purchased locally, fresh and from small suppliers and the convenience of a supermarket shop as well as cooking quick and simple dinners. Being one of two parent bloggers involved with Baxters on their deli toppers projects we were really aware of trying to balance the healthy side of things along with the convenience of creating something that is really simple for a family but still tastes really bloody nice. With that in mind we decided that we were not going to try to reinvent the wheel but you know, polish it up a little and make it a little bit more interesting.

Drum roll please…. Introducing our Stanton Family Pasta with an Asian Twist

Serves 2 Adults + 2 Children


Raw Meat Balls
Penne Pasta
1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
1 Garlic Clove Diced
2 tsp Marmite / Vegemite
2 tsp Dried Italian Herbs
½ Jar Baxter’s Red Onions + extra to serve
1 tbsp Sriracha Chilli Sauce
Dash of Soy Sauce to taste
Pepper to taste
Olive oil


  1. Turn on your oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom saucepan on a medium heat, once hot add your garlic clove.
  3. Before the garlic starts to brown, add in your tin of chopped tomatoes, Marmite or Vegemite, Italian herbs and Sriracha sauce and bring to a gentle simmer.
  4. Now is a good time to pop your meat balls in the oven to cook them through.
  5. Allow your sauce to simmer for at least 15 minutes before taking the meat balls out of the oven and popping them straight into the sauce. At this point also add half of the jar of Baxter’s Red Onions and 2 tablespoons of the juice from the jar.
  6. Once your sauce is simmering again, cook the pasta as per the packet’s instructions.
  7. Taste your sauce, if it needs salt then add a dash of soy and add pepper to taste.
  8. Once your pasta is cooked, drain it and add to your sauce.
  9. Plate everything up and add a few extra onions to the top of each serving. Serve with a big fresh salad and some garlic bread and enjoy immediately!


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