Spagetti Bolognese

A hardy perennial round these parts. The recipe on the BBC does it well. I made a big batch with 2.5kg of mince which made c. 5kg of Bolognese for the freezer packed into 4 packs, sufficient for four dinners for our family for 7. The recipe below is for 500g mince. Multiple as you …

Chicken Marsala

A good way to cook chicken when you are looking for new ideas. I got the Marsala in M&S. Thumbs up from the family, and they don’t offer false praise. 6 chicken breasts Salt and black pepper 600g plain flour, seasoned 75g butter 3 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots, finely chopped 3 clove garlic, finely …

Fettuccine Alfredo

This is classic Italian restaurant food. Rich, creamy and moreish. Cook at home sparingly otherwise a wide girth awaits you. Olive oil 250 ml heavy cream 350 g fettuccine 40g onion, very fine chopped Pinch nutmeg 2 clove garlic, very fine chopped. 115g butter, cold 2 egg yolk 60g Parmesan, fine grated 60g Romano, fined …

Spaghetti All’Amatriciana

A Roman classic. The kids approved, we’ll cook it again 350g Spaghetti or Bucatini 800g San Marzano tomatoes (2 tins), put in bowl and break down with hand 400g Pancetta 1 tsp dried chilli or 1 fresh red chilli Olive Oil 50ml of white wine 200g Pecorino Romano, fined grated Basil leaves, chopped, torn or …

Lemon Pasta

The kids weren’t convinced saying ‘save the lemons for the lemon drizzle cake’. That is until they tasted it. It is delicious. 1 lemon 340g spaghetti Salt 350ml heavy cream 135g Butter, cold and cut in cubes 120g finely grated Parmesan Freshly ground black pepper Place pasta in boing salted water and cook until very …

Chicken Parmigiana

Another favourite of the family 6 Chicken Fillet Salt and Pepper Panko Breadcrumb Plain Flour Egg wash Tomato Pomodoro, see recipe here Buffalo Mozzarella, buy the best one you can Using a very sharp knife, cut the chicken filet in half, opening it like a book, season with salt and pepper. Take each piece in …

Pasta Pomodoro

Olive Oil Tomato Puree Anchovy Onion, fine chopped Mixed herbs Garlic, fine chopped Chilli flakes Tinned tomatoes, blitzed Basil, some whole, and some cut into chiffonades. Pappardelle, spaghetti, penne or rigatoni Sauté onion and garlic in a pan with a little olive oil. Add the anchovy and let it melt in. Add chilli flakes and …

Italian Sausage Pasta

Easy dish and a favourite in our parts on a wintery evening. Stock, 250ml Cream, 250ml Rigatoni, 1 kg pack Italian Sausage, 2 packs Parsley, finely chopped Marks and Spencer or Tesco both stock Italian sausage. (Otherwise use Irish pork sausage, with some ground fennel and garlic. Grind the fennel seeds in a pestle and …

Pasta Puttanesca

30 Cherry Tomato 6 cloves Garlic 10 Olives 6 Anchovies Capers Parsley 1 pack 500g Spaghetti Prepare the cherry tomatoes by removing the seeds watery juice. Press each tomato against wooden board to release the seed and the juice. In a pan, sauté the garlic in olive oil. Add the anchovy. Stir in and wait …

Scaloppine of Chicken in Butter Sauce

3 chicken breasts, pounded to 1.5sm thickness salt and black pepper Plain flour for dredging Olive oil 150ml white wine Juice of half fresh lemon 75ml chicken stock 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/4-in slices 2 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped Cut chicken breast in three parts. Pound to 1/1.5cm between some cellophane …