Category: Italian

Carbonara with breadcrumbs

Serves 2. Put 200g of spaghetti into a large pan of boiling salted water. In the mean time, fry 100g of good pancetta in a little oil until golden and crispy, set aside to drain on kitchen roll. Clean the pan and fry 20g of fresh breadrumbs in…

Aubergine Parmigiana from ‘Veg’

Slice 5 medium aubergines (1.25 kg) into 3-4 mm slices, sprinkle well with salt and lay on something that allows them to shed their water and drain away. After an hour, wash off the salt, pat dry and fry in batches on a medium high hear…

Sausage, mustard and basil pasta

Feeds 4. Cook 400 g pasta of choice in a large pot of boiling salted water until al-dente. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large, deep pan. Add the meat of 8 skinned sausages and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add around 200 ml…

Pea, Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni

I use a dish measuring 32cm x 26cm x 7cm, but I would prefer a deeper dish with the same total volume (e.g. 25cm x 25cm x 9cm). Make the cannelloni about 2cm diameter max, so not too large or there wont be enough pasta or filling to…

Mushroom Passata (Pizza Sauce)

This makes a great pizza sauce if you like mushrooms – saves the hassle later of putting the mushrooms on yes, but also puts the flavour in every mouthful! Re-hydrate 100g of dried shitake mushrooms ready to add to the sauce. To do this leave for an…

Pizza Bases

This recipe is mostly a normal bread dough but has some texture added by the semolina flour. Its much easier, and probably more traditional, to make thin pizzas – however, this is a bread dough so you can just leave it to rise after putting the sauce and…

Cauli Boli Cheese – Jason Atherton

This works really well. It is worth the effort it takes to make the slightly long winded meat sauce before putting everything together in the final dish. We made 6 portions from it and the two of us were more than happy to eat it for…

Saddleback Rib Ragu

This recipe is based on one released from our amazing local butcher, Pipers Farm http://pipersfarm.com/blog/saddleback-rib-ragu/. I have edited it somewhat – the pork ribs are relatively fatty which is great for flavour but I felt that the addition of white wine towards the end of the cooking…

Gnudi – Jamie Oliver

Ingredients 1 kg best-quality ricotta 100 g Parmesan cheese 1 whole nutmeg, for grating fine semolina, for dusting To serve: good-quality unsalted butter 1 bunch of fresh sage (30g) Parmesan cheese, for grating 1 lemon Method Gnudi is a fantastic dish – you must make it.…

Fresh Tomato Sauce

If you have a glut of tomatoes then this is a good recipe in which to use them. The finished produce tastes great on its own (add a splash of olive oil helps enhance the Mediterranean flavour) and can be used as; a simple sauce for fish…

Arancini (risotto balls) – A simple staple

This is one of those things that sounds hard,  maybe just because they aren’t often seen on menus so most people don’t know what they are, but actually they are the simplest things. When you make risotto, make sure you make too much (preferably double) and…

Pasta Puttanesca

This is adapted from Rick Stein’s Pasta Puttanesca; Feeds 4 adults. Ingredients; 4 tbsp. olive oil 500g cherry tomatoes 3 garlic cloves, chopped 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves finely chopped 4 sage leaves, shredded thinly a good pinch of dried chilli flakes 50g salted capers, excess…

Spaghetti with meatballs

Double this recipe and freeze in portions. Its not a dinner party dish but great to make in a batch and pull out when you are feeling lazy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/spaghettiwithmeatbal_72227 Make sure you season the meatballs, not just the sauce!

Pomodori al Forno

Ingredients 1 cups (or more) olive oil, divided 2 pounds plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise, seeded 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano 3/4 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons minced fresh Italian parsley Aged goat cheese (such as Bûcheron) 1 baguette,…

Fresh Pasta – Adapted from Angela Hartnett

This makes enough pasta for a meal for 4. Pinch of saffron strands 325g ’00′ pasta flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tsp olive oil 2 large eggs, plus 4 large egg yolks Place the saffron in a cup with 1 tablespoon boiling water. Set aside…