Broccolini Risotto

Risotto is a favourite dish – we don’t mind the stirring and find it most meditative. This risotto was made with broccolini from the garden. It is one of our few recipes without a photo – your imagination is required for this one. We have used some of our library pics instead.

Nigel Slater has a recipe in Kitchen Diaries II for Parsley risotto which is very similar to this one – simply replace the broccolini with the chopped leaves of 50g of flat leafed parsley.

Similar recipes include Brussels Sprouts Risotto, Beetroot Risotto, and Mushroom Risotto.

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Parmigiana di Melanzane con Ricotta | Eggplant Parmigiana with Ricotta

Oh the rich traditional Calabrian Eggplant Parmigiana! So very rich with fried eggplant and a mountain of cheese. But lighter and vegetarian versions exist, using ricotta for some of the cheese and instead of fried eggplant, using grilled or baked. That is what we have today.

Eggplant Parmigiana is actually a Southern Italian version of the original Northern Italian classic. Serve as a side dish or the centre piece of a meal. Crusty bread and a green salad is all that is needed.

Similar dishes include Three Cheese Eggplant Bake, Eggplant Kuku with Cauliflower Puree, Eggplant in Spicy Tomato Sauce, Cheesy Baked Eggplants, and Caponata Siciliana.

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Spring Risotto | Pea, Edamame and Baby Broad Bean Risotto

Nothing says Spring like green vegetables – such as asparagus, peas, broad beans, fresh herbs. Ottolenghi makes salads from only green items, and they are divine. They truly belong to Spring – green is Spring’s colour.

Despite the heat this Spring I was craving risotto, so  it had to be one to celebrate the season. As luck would have it, I had some home grown broad beans and some peas in the freezer. The risotto is made in the usual way – no variations or neat tricks here. Just stirring for 18 mins for a perfect dish.

Similar recipes include Broccolini Risotto, Sea Spaghetti, Cucumber and Edamame Salad, Brussels Sprouts Risotto, Beetroot Risotto, and Tomato Risotto.

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Tiny Pasta and Peas

Pasta is not just a main dish – it makes beautiful salads, and also great side dishes. This one uses tiny pasta – use any of the tiny pastas, the sort that are commonly used in minestrone. The pasta is cooked then mixed with peas that have been cooked with parsley, garlic and onion. This is a fairly simple dish – there are much more fancy ways of making this, but we love this very simple version.

You can make this dish with other veggies too – tiny cubes of carrot barely cooked, sweetcorn, the youngest tiny broad beans etc.

Similar dishes include Pasta with Avocado, Rocket Salad with Penne Pasta, Capunti Pasta with Tomatoes, and Buttered Orzo Pasta.

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Fennel a la Greque with Parmesan

When I had a fennel bulb sitting in the bottom of the fridge, my friend Jude came to the rescue with this easy cooked-in-the-oven dish, a la Grecque in style, melt-in-the-mouth in texture and oh-my-goodness flavour-wise.

The fennel, topped with parmesan cheese, is slowly cooked in wine and olive oil until achingly tender, then uncovered and left to crisp and caramelise. It is perfect either hot from the oven or at room temperature. It works well as a side dish, starter or part of a mezze, tapas or grazing plate.

Similar recipes include Fennel Jam, Baked Fennel Stuffed with Feta, Fennel and Potato with White Peas and Garlic, and Braised Fennel with Capers, Olives and Ricotta.

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Fettuccine All’Alfredo | Fettuccine with Butter and Parmesan

This is a gorgeous and quick pasta dish of 3 or 4 ingredients – so unusual in today’s current fashion of long ingredient lists. It is often also called Fettuccine Alfredo, although it’s original name was Fettuccine al Burro.

Traditionally this dish did not include cream – the sauce was an emulsion between butter and parmesan. However, the American version is made with cream, butter and cheese. Choose which ever version you prefer.

It is said that in the 1020’s Alfredo, a restaurateur, was trying to find a dish that his pregnant wife, who had lost her appetite, would eat. He added cheese to a simple pasta-and-butter dish and she loved it. When he introduced it to his restaurant it became popular around the world.

Similar dishes include Pasta and Peas, Pasta with Avocado, Vermicelli with Charred Broccoli, Pasta with Broad Bean Puree, Pasta with Yoghurt and Cheese, and Tagliatelle with Walnuts and Lemon.

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Pasta with Avocado and Herb Oil

I adore dishes that can be made in 10 mins or under. Here is an easy pasta dish – delicious – that is the perfect week night dish. It is great for lunches too, if you are at home. Put the pasta on to cook, dice the avocado, make the herb oil, mix all together and serve.

Similar dishes include Pasta and Peas, Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta with Roasted Capsicum, Pasta Baked with Cabbage and Cheese, and Pasta with Yoghurt, Peas and Chilli.

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Minestra con Pasta e Verdure Arriostite | Minestra with Pasta and Roasted Vegetables

We made a lot of minestrone soups this Winter – hearty vegetable soups fortified with dried beans and pasta.  Minestrone is that perfect, soupy blend, often with vegetables. It is a bowlful of goodness that leaves one sated and nourished, and feeling happy and content, at any time of the year.  No one can resist a good minestrone.

In this version, the vegetables are roasted before the soup if made with cannellini beans and vermicelli pasta. It is another incredibly delicious variation on a theme – the vegetables are a seasonal mix so that soup can be made at any time of the year.

We will often make a minestrone on the weekend in Winter – it is so hearty that a bowl of soup, some crusty bread and a simple salad is all that is needed for Wintery Weekend dinners. We are taking our inspiration from Ursula Ferrigno’s books.

Similar dishes include Tiny Pasta in Broth, Geonese Minestrone, Lentil, Barley and Vegetable Soup, and Italian Farmhouse Vegetable Soup.

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Tiny Pasta in Broth

Italian soups are pretty much ignored outside of Italy. While we are very familiar with all sorts of pasta dishes, the breads of Italy and some vegetable dishes, few soups besides minestrone have gained traction.

Today this is a very simple soup – one made with tiny pasta and broth. Gentle, Wintery and flavoursome, it can be made with a dark broth or one with a tomato base.

Similar recipes include Pasta and Peas, Pasta with Avocado, Vermicelli with Charred Broccoli, Chickpea and Orzo Pasta Soup, and Borlotti Bean and Pasta Minestrone.

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Borlotti Bean and Garlic Soup

In Tuscany this is a  popular soup that is often served in the olive harvesting season so that the emerald green, grassy and fruity new olive oil can be drizzled liberally over the soup and on toasted bread. When making this soup, try to find the best tasting olive oil that you can.

Similar recipes include Minestrone, Cauliflower Soup with Almonds, and Creamy Kohlrabi Soup.

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