Some simple recipes from our Cooking Class for students

The residents of Student Experience Amsterdam Minervahaven attended a Cooking Class by Peter Pan Kookstudio. Here they made the most delicious dishes under the guidance of a real cook. 

The chef, Peter Janssen taught the students the basics of cooking and gave them tips and tricks to give their dishes some extra spice. The recipes are perfect for cooking in your student studio because they only require two stovetops. Want to find out what they made? You can find the recipes in this article.  


Curry with sweet potatoes 

Ingredients for 2 people 

  • 80 grams of rice 
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 carrot 
  • Half a red pepper (more or less will do) 
  • 200 grams of sweet potatoes 
  • 180 millilitres of coconut milk 
  • Half a cube of vegetable stock 
  • 1 tablespoon curry paste 

Step 1: Cook the rice according to the package instructions.

Step 2: Chop the onion and garlic and heat the oil in the pan. It is important to always let the oil heat up first; otherwise, your food will become very greasy. Next, add the onion and garlic, mix and wait for it to caramelize. You can speed up this process by adding salt. Then add the curry paste and fry it. 

Step 3: Peel the sweet potatoes and carrots. Cut them into equal pieces and add to the curry paste. Fry the mix for five minutes. 

Step 4:  Add the coconut milk to the vegetables. Put the lid on the pan and let the curry simmer for 20-25 minutes. 

Tip from Peter: Remember to taste in between! Everyone has different tastes, which is how you make a dish you like. 

Step 5: Serve the food on a plate and enjoy! 

Want to spice up your dish a little more? Then add lime, cilantro, egg or naan bread. 


Spaghetti Bolognese 

Ingredients for 2 people

  • 1 onion 
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • Half a can of tomato paste 
  • 250 grams of minced beef 
  • 1 packet of spaghetti sauce 
  • 150 grams of spaghetti 

Step 1: Chop the onion and garlic and heat them in a pan. Heat the oil first, then caramelize the onion and only then add the garlic! Then add the garlic and tomato paste and stir for two minutes. 

Step 2: Add the minced beef and fry until loose. Then add the spaghetti sauce and simmer until the sauce thickens. 

Step 3: Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in what Peter calls "Seawater". For this, you may add quite a bit of salt to the water! Season the sauce with salt and pepper and serve the pasta with the Bolognese sauce on a plate. 

There is always room for extra! This pasta is also delicious with carrots, oregano, basil and Parmesan cheese.