Garlic and Herb Pasta

Serves 2 / Difficulty – Easy / Prep 5 minutes and cooked in 10 minutes This is one of my go-to lunch recipes, quick, easy and very tasty and I’d imagine quite healthy if you are on a diet and choose gluten free pasta and skip the parmesan. Adjust the herbs / garlic amounts to…

Spezzatino, Beef Italian Stew

Spezzatino, Italian beef stew

Serves 2 / Difficulty – Easy / Prep 30 minutes, cooked in 3-4 hours This is another Italian classic, its easy to make and is one of my favourite stews. Ingredients 400g of diced beef Flour for dusting 1 onion, chopped 1 stick of celery, chopped 1 carrot, peeled and chopped 200g of tinned tomatoes…

Chicken Cacciatore - hunters chicken

Chicken Cacciatore – Hunters Chicken

Serves 4 / Difficulty – Easy / Prep 20 minutes and 45 minutes cooking time This is a one pot meal that is good on it’s own or add rice to make more substantial. Ingredients One knob of butter 2 tbsp olive oil 4 chicken thighs or legs, skin removed (before or after cooking) Seasoned…

Sartù Timbale

Sartù di Riso

Serves 4-6 / Difficulty – Hard / Prep 1½ hour and 45 minutes cooking time This is a recipe I have taken from the legendary Italian cookbook Silver Spoon which you can buy here. Sartù is not for the faint hearted as you basically prepare a number of little dishes and then combine to make…

Sicilian Arancini

Sicilian Arancini Recipe

Makes 8 medium balls / Difficulty – Medium / Prep 45 mins and fried in 5 minutes I first discovered arancini existed whilst watching an episode of the Sicilian detective series Inspector Montelbano, and the episode was called ‘Gli arancini di Montalbano’, obviously arancini featured heavily and I had to know what these little balls…

Mushroom risotto

Vale’s Mushroom Risotto

Serves 4 / Difficulty – Medium / 10 minutes prep & around 30 minutes cooking time. This is the best mushroom risotto I have tasted, which is lucky as it’s made by my wife and she would know if I was lying every time she asks me ‘how was it?’. Ingredients 200g exotic mushroom mix…

Spaghetti bolognese recipe

Ragu Sauce Recipe

Serves around 8 / Difficulty – Medium / Ready in 3-4 hours A versatile sauce, best served as a bolognese or lasagne. You need to cook this a lot to remove the fresh meat taste and refine the flavour. Ingredients 50g celery 50g onions 50g carrots 1 tablespoon olive oil 250g minced pork 500g beef minced 250g white wine…

Spaghetti bolognese recipe

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Serves 2 / Difficulty – Easy / Ready in 10 minutes. This is a quick and easy delicious classic pasta which I consider another comfort food. In Italy it’s not eaten as often as you would think and probably more loved here in England. You’ll find my recipe for the ragu sauce here. Ingredients 300g…