Pizzoccheri is a typical dish from Valtellina, the alpine region where my grandparents are from. It is made with a special type of pasta made with buckwheat, the "pizzoccheri", shaped as a short tagliatelle, about 7-8cm long and a bit thicker, cooked together with potatoes and cabbage or chard leaves. It is simple to make and goes down like a storm!!
This recipe uses less milk and no thickener whatsoever! Very cheesy, too! You can either serve it from the pot, or top with buttered breadcrumbs and put in a 180 / Gas 4 oven to brown for half an hour, but we like ours fine without.
This is a very plain and simple vegetarian pasta recipe that was born out of the imagination of 3 hungry friends in Brighton, who thougt adding a bit of port in the sauce wouldn't hurt.
Slim pasta spirals called fusilli are delicious cooked in a casserole of beef and vegetables. The dried, uncooked pasta is added towards the end of the cooking time so that it retains its al dente texture while still absorbing the savoury flavours of the meat, vegetables and oregano in the rich stew.
A spicy stir-fry with subtle curry flavours. It's quick to cook, includes a range of colourful vegetables and uses straight-to-wok noodles for ease of cooking.
Italian sausage, garlic, tomatoes, red wine and tortellini - this hearty soup combines favourite ingredients from an Italian kitchen.
This is a one-pan supper that will please the entire family. Mince, Italian chopped tomatoes, pasta and courgette are simmered in beef stock till the pasta is tender. The whole lot is finished with grated Parmesan for a tasty meal.
The family will love how this dish tastes, and you'll love how little washing up is required! A super easy, cheap and delicious supper. Use regular sausagemeat if that's what you can find, or remove the casings from Italian sausage for a richer flavour.
This is a really easy, healthy and delicious dish. It's a one-pot pasta meal, which combines pasta, chicken, red wine, tomatoes, spinach and topped with Mozzarella.
This is a recipe I adapted from my grandmother's. This warm and comforting soup is easy to make and perfect for a Sunday evening with crusty ciabatta.
This warm and comforting soup is perfect for a rainy evening after work when you need a quick supper fix.
This is a cold noodle dish - great for summer evenings, and can be made ahead.
This Italian-inspired bean and pasta soup is very filling and only needs a grating of Pecorino or Parmesan cheese and some crusty bread.
This is a warming Italian soup, full of flavour.
Even though there's loads of roasting and puréeing to do, it's worth the effort. A delicious and healthy vegan dish.
A fabulously quick egg and bacon pasta favourite with added vegetables to make it super healthy. It's surprising how little pancetta and Parmesan cheese you need to achieve a really deep, rich flavour.
Using a variety of fresh and dried mushrooms combined with tasty artichoke hearts gives an exotic flavour to this tempting dish. A great addition to your repertoire.
Large beef tomatoes make juicy containers for a spicy dried fruit and nut couscous mixture, served with creamy yoghurt. All that's needed is some warm crusty bread to complete the meal.
This Italian stew marries small pasta shapes and beans to make a filling supper dish.
Make a weeknight supper special - serve this hearty soup with crusty bread and salad.