Sausage Meatball Lasagna

Cooking a classic lasagna can be a real labour of love – making a ragu, making béchamel, boiling lasagna sheets and then layering everything together can take a lot of time and effort. Sure it’s delicious but due to the amount of time it takes it’s not something I cook very often. When I crave lasagna but … Continue reading

Crab Carbonara

The Roman dish of spaghetti carbonara is one of the most adored pasta dishes in the world and rightly so. It has all the elements that make for perfect comfort food – a silky cheese laced sauce, salty pancetta and of course pasta. This version whilst not really traditional in that it incorporates crab meat, is still authentic … Continue reading

Osso Buco Ragu with Pappardelle

  Sometimes you just feel like pasta and nothing else will do. My plan was to cook osso buco one night last week, which I love with a passion, and I had all the ingredients ready to go but when the time came I just felt like pasta. I didn’t want to team up the osso buco … Continue reading

Milk Braised Pork Ragu with Fresh Fettuccine

As I was typing the title to this post I realised I had published a similar recipe not so long ago. Both are pork dishes that are braised in a dairy based sauce and yet despite the essence of  two dishes being similar they actually taste quite different. This is a really divine pasta sauce … Continue reading

Pasta with Tomatoes, Sausage & Cream

I know this sounds like an obscenely rich combination but funnily enough it doesn’t strike you that way when you eat it. The cream does add a lovely luxurious richness to the the dish but some of that heaviness is alleviated by the acidity of the tomatoes. In any case it’s just plain delicious and a … Continue reading

Marea’s Fusilli with Octopus & Bone Marrow

I know what you’re thinking – octopus and bone marrow shouldn’t even appear in the same sentence let alone on the same plate but bare with me as you’re wrong, very wrong. Marea is an amazing Italian seafood  restaurant in New York and this is their signature dish created by chef owner Michael White. I … Continue reading

Baked No-Stir Pumpkin & Sage Risotto

You heard me, no stirring! This is such a great way to make risotto and I can tell you now that if you did a taste test with a traditional risotto and this baked one nobody would be able to tell the difference, so why wouldn’t you save yourself twenty five minutes of stirring over … Continue reading

Broad Bean, Pea & Dill Risotto

I’m always on the look out for new risotto combinations, and lets face it there are a lot of them out there, some good and some great. This one goes into the great category. It’s wonderful on its own or paired with some grilled fish. I know in Italy risotto is never served as a … Continue reading