Category Archives: Pasta

Roasted garlic, tomato and aged balsamic vinegar sauce for pasta or chicken

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Often I ponder to myself: ‘How can I put  more ‘Oooh’ in umami?’ That’s the kind of guy I am, you see. A ponderer of life’s culinary mysteries: a never … Continue reading

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Hare Ragu with Pappardelle

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I’ve got another new butcher on the block – Paul Cramer, in Camden, north London. I stumbled across him as I was wandering around waiting for my son to finish … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Arrabiata

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Arrabiata means ‘angry’ in Italian, because it’s so darned hot (as in, ‘Phew, I’ve been out in the sun too long and this sun burn is making me arrabiata.’ Perhaps … Continue reading

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Roasted Garlic, Tomato and Chill Sauce for Pasta, Chicken or Pork

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I brought back a big string of garlic bulbs from our holiday in France recently – and now I’ve got to use them! This recipe for Roasted Garlic, Tomato and … Continue reading

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Cheesy Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Linguine

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These meatballs are brilliant for all the family. In fact, I got my two sons, aged nine and six, to make the meatballs while I got on with making the … Continue reading

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Review: ‘Ragu’ Creamy Tomato and Bacon Sauce for Pasta Bake

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It feels like an admission of defeat to say that I have found these Easter holidays incredibly challenging. My three kids are growing and growing – and their appetites are … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day dinner…delivered to your door!

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I would rather stick rusty pins in my eyes than go out on Valentine’s Night. All those coo-ing couples and rip-off roses. No thanks. My ideal February 14 involves putting … Continue reading

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Vegetable Pasta Bake with an ‘Applewood Spreadable’ Smoky Twist

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I’m a big fan of smoked cheese. It’s wonderful melted for use as a dip for crudites, glorious on an oat cracker, fantastic on toast. I use it to give … Continue reading

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Fusilli Lunghi with Chicken, Tomato and Mascarpone Sauce

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I love this Fusilli Lunghi from Tesco’s new Finest*  range. It’s like a pre-Raphaelite woman’s gorgeous hair, long and kinky, which makes it perfect for carrying a thick pasta sauce … Continue reading

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Theo Randall’s Tagliatelle with Fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms

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I got these beautiful chanterelle mushrooms from Italian deli Giacobazzis. They are bright orange and have a sweet, almost tangy flavour (Theo Randall describes them as reminiscent of apricots). This … Continue reading

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Penne with Chanterelles, Mascarpone, Lemon and Truffle

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Husband and wife team Raff and Ren, who own  Giacobazzi’s Italian deli in Hampstead, North London, are intensely passionate about finding the best possible ingredients and treating their customers to … Continue reading

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Pinwheel Chicken with San Daniele Ham and Spaghetti with Grana Padano Cream

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I’ve been asked to take part in a challenge to create a recipe using San Daniele ham and Grana Padano cheese, and here it is: pinwheel chicken. It looks lovely … Continue reading

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Baked Paccheri Pasta with Bolognese and Grana Padano Sauce

Baked Paccheri Pasta

I came across Paccheri pasta during my weekly shop. They are big rigatoni-like tubes that are fantastic for holding chunky sauces, like this best-ever Bolognese, which I make ahead in … Continue reading

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Cooking For Kids: Ella’s Kitchen’s Chicken, Squash and Carrot Macaroni Bake

Ella's Kitchen's Chicken & Squash Pasta Bake

In Ella’s Kitchen: The Cookbook the title of this delicious dish is Chick-Chick Chicken Pasta Bake.  I’ve used macaroni and Red Leicester cheese (instead of penne and Cheddar) and I’ve … Continue reading

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Nutty Pork Meatballs with Five-Veg Pasta Sauce

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This recipe is inspired by something I cooked for my children from the new Ella’s Kitchen cookbook. It’s packed with great recipes for children, aged from the baby years to … Continue reading

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Sous Vide Beef Fillet with Pappardelle and Porcini Mushroom Cream Sauce

Sous Vide beef fillet with mushroom pasta

I find that when you only pan-fry an especially chunky piece of meat – such as this fillet of beef – the temperature at the centre of the meat is … Continue reading

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British Beef Week 2013: Beef fillet with Wild Garlic Ravioli and Truffle Oil

Beef fillet and Wild Garlic Ravioli

  In my book, there is no better Friday night dinner than steak and chips. But sometimes a change is as good as a rest and so last Friday we … Continue reading

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Giacobazzi’s Pasta Masterclass #2: How to make…Ravioli

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There is an art to making ravioli – and I haven’t cracked it yet! But fortunately, help is at hand in the form of master pasta maker Nicos, from Giacobazzi’s deli in … Continue reading

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Vegetarian’s Dream Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagne

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My trusty pasta machine has been in action again, this time to create this fantastic Butternut Squash Lasagne. If you don’t fancy lamb for your Easter lunch, this is an … Continue reading

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Tortelloni with Gorgonzola & Walnut Stuffing and Sweet Tomato Sauce

Tortelloni stuffed with Gorgonzola and Walnuts

After my pasta masterclass at the wonderful Giacobazzi’s deli, I went straight home to put my newly learned skills into practise. Well, it’s clear that I would never make the … Continue reading

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Pasta Masterclass #1 How To Make Tortelloni

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My wife bought me a pasta machine for Christmas and I have since been on a mission to make stuffed pasta at least once a week – with varying degrees … Continue reading

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Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge #5 Australian Wagyu (with tagliatelle, ceps and truffle oil)

Australian wagyu with tagliatelle and truffle oil

It’s stage five of the Rare Breeds Steaks Challenge. The breed up for the challenge this week is my benchmark steak….AUSTRALIAN WAGYU The Breed: Wagyu translates as ‘Japanese cow’, the … Continue reading

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Delia Smith’s Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne with Pine Nuts

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  This is Delia Smith’s all-time classic Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne with Pine Nuts (it actually contains four cheeses!). This recipe is taken from Delia’s How To Cook, Book One … Continue reading

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Spicy Latin Lasagne with Manchego Cheese Sauce

Latin Lasagne with Manchego Cheese Sauce

Here in the Recipe Shed, we like to walk the fine line between genius and insanity – and this Spicy Latin Lasagne is nothing short of insanely genius. It’s a … Continue reading

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Tiger Prawns and Scallops with Tom Yum Tagliatelle

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I didn’t get my wife a card for Valentine’s Day. There’s something very unromantic about giving your loved one something cynically manufactured and containing a poem written by a 20-year-old … Continue reading

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Classics with a Twist: Theo Randall’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

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  My wife bought me Theo Randall’s magnificent ‘Pasta’ book for my birthday to add to the Imperia pasta machine she bought me for Christmas. I‘ve used his basic pasta … Continue reading

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How to make…Spaghetti with a Pasta Machine

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My wife bought me Theo Randall’s magnificent ‘Pasta’ book for my birthday to add to the Imperia pasta machine she bought me for Christmas. Then my friend Richard went to … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Homemade Ravioli with Two Different Fillings: Butternut Squash & Nutmeg and Ricotta & Mushroom, served with Sage Brown Butter

    Look what I got for Christmas (you’ll have to scroll down a bit)! A fantastic, shiny pasta-making machine, the same brand as used by pasta master Theo Randall. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Nigella Lawson’s Mountain Macaroni

The lovely Sally Whittle, founder of Tots 100 and blogger at Who’s The Mummy, tells me her favourite ingredient is cheese, so I’m dedicating this fantastically cheesy recipe to her. … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Sweet Bacon and Mushroom Cream Sauce

The recipe for this sauce was given to me by Drogo Montagu, owner of Fine Food Specialist. He used it to complement pan-fried halibut (check out the video I shot … Continue reading

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