Category: Italian

Sausage and Leek Ragu

Sausage and Leek Ragu

There’s something about this time of year. The burgeoning darkness of winter creeping into the evenings making them ever shorter encourages us to yearn for both simplicity and comfort. Midweek suppers become the bane of our lives, especially when trying…

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Heart-warming isn’t always synonymous with healthy. When we think of comfort food we often evoke images of rich sauces, gravies, smooth buttery mash potato and puddings laden with equal amounts of decadence and guilt. Then there are dishes that cross…

Arrabiata Sauce with Pangrattato

Arrabiata Sauce with Pangrattato

Part of the everlasting and enduring appeal of Italian food is its simplicity, sometimes taking just a handful of ingredients and maximising the potential from these few. Arrabiata is one such dish essentially consisting of fresh or dried chillies, garlic,…

Shredded Beef Shin and Red Wine Ragù

Shredded Beef Shin and Red Wine Ragù

You can use any cut of braising beef that you wish to in this recipe, such as oxtail, which I’ve used with excellent success in the past. I’ve used beef shin on the bone here, which is essentially the shank of…

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Having a recipe for a spaghetti Bolognese is a staple in any cook’s repertoire. This is my recipe and has evolved for me since I first made it to what it is now. Even if you already have a recipe…

The Essential Techniques to the Perfect Bolognese

The Essential Techniques to the Perfect Bolognese

Bolognese sauce or ragù alla Bolognese has a certain mysticism attached to it. It has a near hallowed tradition, not unlike Christmas dinner, in most family homes about how it is prepared and what it contains. Indeed, I’ve even had…

Chargrilled Tuna With Spaghetti Puttanesca And Salsa Verde

Chargrilled Tuna With Spaghetti Puttanesca And Salsa Verde

The colder evenings and the falling leaves remind us that we are well into the autumn season. With the finer, drier weather over the past couple of weeks we are getting to experience something of a summer that we desperately…

Chorizo Pasta

Chorizo Pasta

This is a superbly simple dish. Basically just 5 main ingredients, the paprika spiked chorizo warms with its mild smokiness and combined with the tomatoes provides a rich ragu. Topping this with some grated buffalo mozzarella and fresh, peppery rocket…

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