Posts Tagged "pasta"

pasta di salsiccia, spinaci e finocchio (sausage, spinach and fennel pasta)

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in favourites, main meal recipes | 6 comments

pasta di salsiccia, spinaci e finocchio (sausage, spinach and fennel pasta)

A little good quality meat, a lot of vegetables, and a zing of fennel that’ll make your family’s tastebuds sit up and take notice. This quick but delicious pasta dish I learned in Sicily is a revelation and I’m really excited to share it with you.  Sicilian sausages are often flavoured with fennel, but as I couldn’t find any like these in butchers and supermarkets near me, I added fennel seeds instead whilst cooking and the end result tastes just as good. You can add less if you want to introduce the flavour more gently, but my 3 year old loved the taste and only frowned at a stray spinach stalk that escaped the blender.  If you have spinach rebels in the house, then try carrot, courgette or any other veg instead, as long as its softened enough to whizz up.  Let me know what you think! 

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pasta e zucca (pumpkin pasta)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in main meal recipes | 1 comment

pasta e zucca (pumpkin pasta)

When autumn embraces Italy, ladies of a certain age don their fur coats in temperatures that still invite tourists to wear shorts and sandals. The change of season also welcomes this delicious pasta dish to many school dinner menus. It makes the most of the abundance of squashes and pumpkins. This recipe was given to me by a head teacher I know in Naples. She says the sweet buttery taste goes down a treat with most kids. It also makes sure they get a good dose of veggies. In my house this recipe is a big hit for an easy supper as it only uses one pan to cook the lot. We stir some chilli oil into the adults portions to add a kick that contrasts nicely with the sweetness. 

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pasta e piselli (pasta and peas)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2011 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

pasta e piselli (pasta and peas)

Sweet, satisfying and simple. Pasta e piselli is one of those dishes that brings comfort after a long day. This recipe is from a dear Italian friend I met at University in Paris. I won’t tell you how many years ago that was.  But when I worked in Rome, her friends and family became mine, and her house a sanely insane refuge from the slightly surreal existence of being a foreign correspondent. We would talk, eat, drink and talk and drink some more. Did I interview her? Of course. Her English is huskily impeccable. And whenever I ended up covering an anti-war demonstration I knew she’d provide a passionate quote at a relatively sensible distance from the front line of baton wielding police and tear gas. Usually supping a cool beer, placard at her feet. 

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quick ricotta and nutmeg pasta

Posted by on Jul 21, 2011 in main meal recipes | 0 comments

quick ricotta and nutmeg pasta

A super quick life saver of a recipe. From start to finish, it takes 10 minutes. I was given this dish by a Sicilian anti-mafia campaigner, and dad of two. His day job doesn’t leave much time for cooking elaborate meals. So when he’s on duty in the kitchen, this is a speedy favourite. His kids love it, and I’ve been given some chubby thumbs up in my house too. I often cook this on a work day when I pick my daughter up from nursery and get her home to find that she’s still hungry.

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