Tuscan Panzanella

Tuscan style tomato and bread chopped salad is popular in the Summer in Italy. A perfect blend of flavours. Use dried (not stale) bread and salted tomatoes to make the best version of this classic Italian bread salad.  Ingredients 2 1/2 pounds (1.1kg) mixed tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces 3/4 pound (340g) ciabatta or rustic sourdough bread, cut into 1 1/2–inch cubes (about 6 cups … Continue reading Tuscan Panzanella

Sinful Sicilian Pasta

A classic Sicilian pasta dish, a beautiful combination of flavours which are iconic with the area. Rich with tomatoes, anchovies and breadcrumbs. A perfect combination of flavours for all the tastebuds to dance. Ingredients 500g/12oz Fusilli Lunghi or any long pasta 3 garlic cloves finely chopped 5 anchovies 400g/2 cups tomato passata 50g/1 tbsp tomato paste 50g/1/4 cup raisins 50g/1/4 cup sultanas 50g/1/4 cup pine … Continue reading Sinful Sicilian Pasta

Spaghetti with baby plum tomatoes & basil

Summer on a plate. Fresh, quick and easy to make, perfect for a Summers day! Ingredients 500g/16oz spaghetti 250g/2 cups baby plum tomatoes, halved 3 garlic cloves finely chopped Handful fresh basil Salt & pepper Extra virgin olive oil Method Add the pasta to a pan of boiling salted and cook until al dente. While the pasta is cooking add the oil to a frying … Continue reading Spaghetti with baby plum tomatoes & basil

Pasta alla Norma

The scents and flavours of Siciliy! A classic Sicilian aubergine pasta, quick and easy to make. Pasta alla Norma is a dish with a unique and enveloping taste, a vegetarian dish, prepared with simple and genuine ingredients as Sicilian mothers, grandmothers still do: a true triumph of flavours, taste after taste… Ingredients 400g/2 cups Rigatoni Extra virgin olive oil 1 aubergine, diced 2 garlic cloves, … Continue reading Pasta alla Norma

Risotto alla Milanese with a Balsamic Glaze

The Italian classic, this creamy, traditional recipe from the Lombardy region. The famous yellow risotto, infused with saffron and the best accompaniment of all to Ossobuco. With a balsamic glaze to add that extra sweetness. Ingredients 400g/4 cups Arborio rice 110g/1/2 cup butter 1/2 tsp saffron stamens 1 medium onion finely chopped 100ml/1/2 cup Italian dry white wine 1.2 ltrs/4 1/2 cups simmering veg/chicken stock … Continue reading Risotto alla Milanese with a Balsamic Glaze

Italian Bean Salad

A staple of the Mediterranean pantry, beans are a healthy, versatile and a super affordable ingredient. Who doesn’t love an easy three bean salad, perfect for summer. Ingredients 100g/1 cup canellini beans 100g/1 cup berlotti beans 100g/1 cup kidney beans 100g/1 cup chickpeas Handful fresh basil 60g/3 cups rocket/arugula 2 tbsp white wine vinegar 1 red onion finely sliced 1 cup black olives Extra virgin … Continue reading Italian Bean Salad

Golden Italian Roast Potatoes

Golden crispy potatoes, with a fluffy soft centre. So easy and quick to make, packed with flavour and hard to resist. Ingredients 1kg/2.2lbs Potatoes, peeled and cut into small/medium sized cubes 100ml/3 1/2 fl oz olive oil 5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped Handful fresh rosemary Salt & pepper Method Pre heat the oven to 220C/428F. In a large bowl add the potatoes and olive oil, … Continue reading Golden Italian Roast Potatoes

Calamarata alla Puttanesca

Whore’s pasta as it is usually described in English. We love to hear the many different stories behind this recipe, but this story is our favourite. “Puttanesca” literally translates to “in the style of prostitutes,” supposedly because the pungent aromas of garlic, anchovies, capers, and olives tossed with pasta were how Neapolitan prostitutes would lead customers to their doors back in the mid-20th century. Very clever … Continue reading Calamarata alla Puttanesca

Casarecce with Pesto & Semi Dried Tomatoes

Beautiful, silky pesto with semi dried tomatoes elevate this pesto dish to another level. Quick and easy to make and packed full of flavour. Ingredients 400g Casarecce or any short pasta 100g/2 cups fresh basil 100g/1/2 cup Pecorino Romano 100ml/1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 50g/1/3 cup pine nuts 3 garlic cloves Salt & pepper 100g/1 cup semi dried tomatoes Method Add pasta to a … Continue reading Casarecce with Pesto & Semi Dried Tomatoes