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!!
A true winter warmer, cheap to make, Always a hit with everyone, make it for the Veggie in your life or add some bacon and even the biggest meateater will be impressed. Good way to use up those odd vegetables that don't quite make a serving on their own.
Cooking sausages with beans is an easy way to add a lot of depth to the dish. Choose an Italian sausage for an easy boost in flavour, or choose a plainer one if you prefer.
Cannelloni, or literally 'big tubes', are filled with a mixture of veggies, herbs and cheese.
The combination of green olives, wine and cream in this dish is indulgent but definitely worth it. Such rich flavour. It's great served with pasta, but is just as good with new potatoes. A fresh green salad with a light vinaigrette is the perfect complement on the side, and a bottle of chilled white wine to accompany is not essential, but definitely recommended!
Delicious tender diced lamb cooked in the slow cooker with onions, herbs and rich tomato. Nice served with pasta shells or macaroni.
This light chicken stew is a one dish meal. You can change the recipe by using turkey breast instead of chicken.
A chicken dinner fit for a gondola ride - 'Veneto' means this recipe originated in Venice! Serve with rice.
This Italian-inspired bean and pasta soup is very filling and only needs a grating of Pecorino or Parmesan cheese and some crusty bread.
Italian sausage is browned with squash, courgettes and onion, then simmered with tomatoes for a quick, satisfying meal. Serve with crusty bread.