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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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Chorizo and Beef Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

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This was a triumph – not my words, but my wife’s – both as a midweek meal and for my wife’s lunch the next day (using the leftovers). In fact, … Continue reading

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Sous Vide Chicken Breast Stuffed with Haggis, Black Pudding and Umami #5 Taste Paste

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I’ve gone umami-daft in the Recipe Shed just lately. As you foodies know, umami is the fifth taste sense (after salt, sweet, bitter and sour) that identifies savoury notes in … Continue reading

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Theo Randall’s Porcini, Tomatoes and Cream Sauce for Pasta

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This pasta sauce recipe comes from Theo Randall’s ‘Pasta’ book. It is very rich and sweet and tomatoey. Totally delicious. Theo says: “When you add the cream to this dish, … Continue reading

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Veggie 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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‘Hello Fresh’ Italian Polpetti Soup with Conchiglie (and get a £10 off voucher code)

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Every now and then, a housedad needs a break from cooking. All that shopping, and measuring, and chopping takes its toll. And so for a few days over the last … 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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Ultimate Meat Sauce for Pasta

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I’ve cooked various different versions of meat sauce for pasta, but this stands out from the crowd. It’s taken from Simon Cave’s ‘Manly Food’ book, which I’ve used so many … 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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Hare Fillet Pappardelle with Slow Cooked Mushroom Sauce

Hare Fillet Pappardelle

The flavour of hare fillet is intensely deep and gamey, with a texture that’s a cross between liver and venison. It requires minimal cooking or it becomes as tough as … 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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Cooking for Kids: Sausage and Baby Spinach Fusili

Sausage and Spinach Fusili

This sausage and baby spinach fusilli is a very quick and simple dinner time dish for the kids (and if you add a touch of chilli and a teaspoon of … 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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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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Goat’s Cheese & Walnut-Stuffed Ravioli with Chilli and Garlic Butter

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One of the greatest inventions know to (this) man is the pasta machine. My wife bought me an Imperia for Christmas and I’ve been using it a couple of times … 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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