This recipe for carbonara contains no cream, I don't think it is needed. I ate this in a little restaurant in Rome and have finally succeeded in creating my own version. I hope you like it.
This is a super-rich and delicious Italian pasta dish. Cannelloni tubes are stuffed with cottage cheese, carrot, herbs and egg, then baked in a cheesy sauce.
This makes for a luxuriously rich vegetarian meal, prepared in only an hour thanks to a few shortcuts. Aubergine slices are dipped in egg and breadcrumbs, then baked instead of fried. The slices are layered with tomato pasta sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.
This quick main dish can be served hot or cool. The pasta is topped with feta cheese, which has a fresh, salty flavour that goes well with pancetta, the Italian bacon, chickpeas and tomato in the sauce. For best results, use a tubular or thick pasta shape that will complement the chunky sauce.
This is a traditional Ligurian dish that is usually made with potatoes, green beans and baby broad beans. Here, broccoli and courgettes boost the green vegetable content. The pesto sauce used to dress the pasta and vegetables is lighter than most, but still packs a wonderful flavoursome punch.
An Italian classic, traditional semolina gnocchi is served with generous amounts of cheese and butter. This healthier but equally delicious version is made with just a little butter, cheese and olive oil and flavoured with cinnamon and sage. Served with lightly cooked spinach and peas, this makes a great family meal.
Mashed potato enriched with cottage cheese and Parmesan and enlivened with garlic and herbs makes a marvellous filling for the pasta parcels called ravioli. A small amount of extra virgin olive oil is added at the end, so none of its flavour is lost and the dish tastes richer than it really is.
This tasty pizza includes a variety of toppings to suit every taste. It is lower in fat and salt than ready-made pizzas, yet has just as much flavour. Don't be put off by the long ingredients list, it is easy and fun to make. Serve with a big green salad.
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Delicious cannelloni stuffed with an array of vegetables, Parmesan and ricotta cheese! Serve with a big green salad. Tasty!
It takes a little effort, but it is always worth it.
This carbonara is a delectable, mouth watering pile of yummy goodness. I recommend a nice salad with it - that's all you will need for a complete meal.
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There are few dishes as classic and easy as spaghetti with tomato sauce. Try this lovely version with a little added green from parsley and peppers in the summer when fresh tomatoes are at their peak.
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