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

Mezzi Rigatoni With Spicy Nduja Sauce

Mezzi Rigatoni With Spicy Nduja Sauce Nduja is a spicy spreadable pork salume that originates from the southern Italian region of Calabria. It works perfectly in a tomato sauce and adds that extra kick and heat. Ingredients 500g/5 cups mezzi rigatoni or any short pasta 115g/1/2 cup Nduja paste 4 garlic cloves finely chopped 2 x 400g/4 cups tomato passata 50g/3 tbsp tomato puree 100g/1 … Continue reading Mezzi Rigatoni With Spicy Nduja Sauce

Rigatoni all’Amatriciana

Rigatoni all’Amatriciana This classic sauce takes its spiciness from black pepper and chillies and its depth of flavour from guanciale, Italian salt-cured pork jowl. If you can’t find it, you can use pancetta instead. Ingredients 500g/12 oz. rigatoni 125g/4 oz. thinly sliced guanciale or pancetta 1/2 tsp peperoncino chilli flakes / Or fresh red chilli sliced 1 minced onion 1 tbsp tomato puree 50ml/1/4 cup … Continue reading Rigatoni all’Amatriciana

Gnocchi al Pomodoro

Gnocchi al Pomodoro Classic Italian done right. Soft, pillowy, potato gnocchi, with basil with a tomato sauce topped with grated Parmigianio-Reggiano. What more could you want! Ingredients 500g/5 cups gnocchi Handful fresh basil  100g/1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano  4 garlic cloves finely chopped 2 x 400g/4 cups tomato passata 50g/3 tbsp tomato puree Salt and pepper Extra virgin olive oil Method Put a pan of salted … Continue reading Gnocchi al Pomodoro

Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta

Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta This is more an American-Italian recipe than an Italian-American one. We came across this dish on our travels to Canada and America and fell in love with it. It is very simple to make and we love the creaminess of the dish. We like the sauce a little feisty, so we’re generous with the chilli flakes/Peperoncino. You can add as much … Continue reading Penne alla Vodka with Pancetta

Rigatoni Ragu

Rigatoni Ragu Our famous ragu sauce pairs perfectly with rigatoni. This is Alberti’s Special Sauce and will please every pasta lover again and again. Ingredients 250g/1/2 lb minced beef 250g/1/2 lb minced pork 500g/5 cups rigatoni Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 1 tbsp tomato purée 250ml/1 cup Italian red wine Handful fresh basil leaves  500g/5 cups tomato passata 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped … Continue reading Rigatoni Ragu

Gnocchetti Sardi con ragu e piselli

Gnocchetti Sardi con ragu e piselli In their native land, Sardinia, they are called “malloreddus”, which in Sardinian for “small gnocchi”, and are considered the typical dish par excellence. The peculiarity of this small gnocchi is the size, designed to give an inimitable consistency, and the lined surface, which was once obtained by crushing the pieces of dough with the thumb on the bottom of … Continue reading Gnocchetti Sardi con ragu e piselli

Rigatoni with prawns and pistachio pesto

Rigatoni with prawns and pistachio pesto This simple and quick recipe packs a punch! The prawns marry perfectly with the indulgent sauce and pasta. Ingredients 500g/5 cups rigatoni 165g/6oz fresh prawns 200g/2 cups Marinara sauce (see recipe Mamma’s Marinara Sauce) Extra virgin olive oil For the Pistachio pesto 125g/1 cup pistachios 1/2 garlic clove 1 handful fresh basil 25g/1/4 cup grated parmesan 60ml/1/4 cup extra … Continue reading Rigatoni with prawns and pistachio pesto

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Bucatini all’Amatriciana This classic sauce takes its spiciness from black pepper and dried chillies and its depth of flavor from guanciale, Italian salt-cured pork jowl. If you can’t find it, use pancetta. Ingredients 125g/4 oz. thinly sliced guanciale, pancetta, or chopped unsmoked bacon 500g/12 oz. dried bucatini or spaghetti 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1 minced onion 1 tbsp tomato puree 50ml/1/4 cup Italian … Continue reading Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Spaghetti With Pea Puree & Pancetta

Spaghetti With Pea Puree & Pancetta Spaghetti with a creamy, smooth pea puree and crispy pancetta makes this the perfect Summer dish. Ingredients 500g/16oz spaghetti 400g/2 1/2 cup frozen peas 1 onion finely chopped 125g/1/2 cup pancetta 50g/1/2 cup parmesan Handful fresh basil Salt & pepper Method Fry onion in a pan with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add the … Continue reading Spaghetti With Pea Puree & Pancetta