These fresh pastes are the answer to speedy midweek dinners!

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These fresh pastes are the answer to speedy midweek dinners!

It’s back to regular programming which means life is busier than ever. The last thing you want is to spend hours making dinner. That’s why our time-saving ingredient for the new year is fresh pastes. Whip up the most fragrant and creamy coconut laksa chicken served with noodles and keep it simple with campfire shakshuka for weekend breakfast.

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Good food takes time, but when it comes to midweek cooking, you need dinner on the table in a flash. Enter Woolworths’ new fresh pastes inspired by flavours from around the globe: harissa (North Africa), bhuna masala (South Asia), sofrito (Mediterranean), and laksa (South East Asia). They’re made using fresh, quality ingredients to ensure maximum flavour and delicious aromas. Simply add a few tablespoons, or the whole tub, to a pot with ingredients such as coconut milk, stock, canned tomatoes and your favourite veg or protein, and dinner is ready to serve. These fresh pastes are also great to use a base for curries, stews and soups, or even as a marinade.

Coconut laksa chicken noodles

Use Woolworths fresh laksa paste to make this chicken dish that comes together in under 30 minutes. It’s creamy, fresh and bursting with warm and aromatic flavours of lemongrass, ginger and garlic. Rather than mute the flavours, creamy coconut milk enhances the aromatics to make a bold dish. Don’t feel like chicken? Swap it for prawns, tofu or ‘meaty’ vegetables like cauliflower and brinjal. Serve with pad thai noodles and lime wedges to add a kick of acidity.

Get the recipe for coconut laksa chicken noodles here.

Campfire mini sofrito shakshuka skillets

The versatile Spanish sofrito paste is made using smoked paprika, green pepper and tomatoes, making it the perfect base for sauces, soups and slow-cooked stews. Going camping? Take a tub with you to make Middle Eastern shakshuka in mini skillets over the campfire to enhance the smoky flavour of the fresh paste. And if you’re staying indoors, this recipe can also be made on the stove. Pierce the runny eggs and mop up the yolk and tomato sauce with toasted wraps for the ultimate weekend brunch.

Get the recipe for campfire mini sofrito shakshuka skillets here.

Find more recipes using fresh pastes here. 

Woolworths’ new fresh pastes are the flavour bombs every home cook needs in their arsenal. Made with fresh ingredients, they add flavour to your dishes while minimising your time in the kitchen. These fresh pastes are inspired by flavours from around the world – laksa, sofrito, masala and harissa. Available in 150 g tubs. 

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Photographs and video: Sadiqah Assur-Ismail
Recipes and production: Hannah Lewry
Food assistant: Claire-Ellen van Rooyen

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