This is a traditional Tuscan beef stew that you can make with lamb or mutton. It's delicious with polenta, roasted potatoes or rice. The good news is, it calls for a whole bottle of my Chianti.
April 24, 2015
Pasta with Lentils
This is recipe is "Little D" approved, but don't worry, big kids like it too.
April 17, 2015
Spaghetti al Limone
This is a dead simple pasta dish that's so flavourful, it instantly transports you to the Amalfi Coast.
April 16, 2015
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Classic Italian meatballs in tomato sauce. Make them with spaghetti, put them on a bun, or eat them on their own!
April 13, 2015
I don’t know many people who don’t like roasted potatoes. This is one of those universal dishes, and it’s so simple to make.
March 17, 2015
This dish has to be fried punto e basta as the Italians say, which means no ifs, ands or buts about it. If you want something light and healthy, eat a carrot.
March 11, 2015
This sweet treat is so delicious and so easy to make, it'll become your go-to dessert for all your dinner parties.
March 5, 2015
Cannellini Bean and Pancetta Soup
This soup is incredibly fast to make, satisfying and economical. Perfect for a chilly weeknight supper.
March 3, 2015
Chili Pepper Jam
This is such an awesome jam. The sweet-spicy combination works well with sharp cheeses like pecorino and bittersweet dark chocolate.
February 20, 2015
Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, these potato croquettes explode with flavour. Perfect for impressing guests or just treating yourself.
February 20, 2015
Risotto with Shrimp and Lemon Sauce
You simply can't beat the flavour combination of fresh seafood and lemon. This dish is the perfect summer treat.
January 7, 2015
Ribollita – Tuscan Leftover Soup
Ribollita is a very comforting dish — essential cucina povera. Some people like it soupy, but I prefer it thick enough that I can use a fork.
November 18, 2014
Chicken that "Jumps in your Mouth" is a twist on the classic Roman dish Veal Saltimbocca.
November 11, 2014
Gnudi di Zucca e l’olio nuovo
Butternut Squash Gnudi and Fresh pressed olive oil: this recipe is much simpler than you might think and absolutely delicious.
November 7, 2014
Polpette di Zucchini – Zucchini Balls
These are wicked. The combination of zucchini and mint, combined with beautiful cheeses, and then fried so that it has a golden crust, is to die for.
November 4, 2014
This soup is quick, simple and spooky! ... I mean filling! Perfect for a pre-trick-or-treat supper.
October 31, 2014
Cavolo Stufato – Stewed Cabbage
Stewed cabbage with an Indian twist! The perfect side for a hearty fall meal.
October 30, 2014
Parmigiano Reggiano Bowls
Everybody loves edible bowls. I mean everybody!
October 29, 2014
Pasta Alla Norma
It doesn't get much better than this! Crispy golden fried eggplant, fresh tomato sauce and ricotta salata. Whoever Norma is, I like her!
October 28, 2014
These fritters are easy to make and a delicious example of why chestnut flour is called ‘sweet flour’. For this I would only use extra virgin olive oil because it makes the fritters that much tastier.
October 23, 2014
Pasta with Tuna and Cream Sauce
This pasta is unbelievably delicious and so easy to make. It's a twist on my mom's Salsa di Cinque Minuti and it's amazing how a bit of heavy cream completely transforms the sauce.
October 20, 2014
Castagnaccio – Tuscan Chestnut Pizza
This is a very classic fall dessert in Tuscany that is made from chestnut flour. It's not too sweet, very satisfying and pairs perfectly with Chianti.
October 17, 2014
Zuppa di Porcini
This soup yields big return for little effort. It has an almost silky, delicate texture, yet it’s meaty and flavorful enough to be comfort food.
October 15, 2014
Coconut Curry Shrimp
For an Indian dish, this curry is really simple and full of flavour! Serve it over rice for a delicious spicy dish.
October 9, 2014
Pasta E Patate
I’ll admit it, this dish is a festival of carbs, but sometimes you need that hearty, solid, stick to your ribs meal.
October 8, 2014
This is a great way to use vegetables that have seen better days. Some of my favorite combinations are potatoes and onions; onions and peppers; zucchini and onions.
October 6, 2014
This is a classic cucina povera soup that you can make as thick or as watery as you like. I like mine somewhere in between, served over a couple of crostini.
October 2, 2014
Stracotto Al Chianti – Braised Beef in Chianti
You will not believe how simple and amazing this is. Whenever I serve this stracotto, the next day the phone rings and I’m asked for the recipe.
September 27, 2014
Caponata Mare e Monte
A really simple seafood dish that combines classic Italian flavours in unexpected ways. It calls for Friselle, which are Italian bread biscuits, but you can also use day-old bread.
September 25, 2014
This dish is bursting with citrusy goodness balanced with the crunch of almonds and fresh and flavourful herbs.
September 23, 2014
Making donuts isn't as difficult as you think. Easy measurements and simple directions make these biscotti-like versions a no-brainer.
September 17, 2014
A super simple recipe that showcases the fresh flavours of anchovies.
September 16, 2014
If you love chilies, this will be your new favourite pesto. Use it on sandwiches, pizzas or already-sauced pastas for a bit of heat.
September 11, 2014
Pasta Salad with Mozzarella and Green Beans
A dead simple dish with fresh buffalo mozzarella and greens. It's the perfect solution for a quick weeknight supper.
September 10, 2014
Italian Nutella-Filled Bomboloni
The Italian take on the donut. I've used Nutella as a filling because I love it so much, but you can also use jam or cream. Either way it's amazing.
September 8, 2014
Pork Sausage with Rapini
This is one of those all-in-one meals in which you get your main and your side together.
September 3, 2014
Villa Maria’s Spaghetti and Zucchini
This recipe comes from the Hotel Villa Maria in Ravello. The combination of mint and capers really brings the zucchini to life.
August 19, 2014
Tomato & Melon Salad
Using sweet fruit in a savoury salad is very Sicilian. I've used melon here, but oranges and figs are great, too.
August 13, 2014
Roasted Red Pepper Salad
A super flavourful salad that you'll keep coming back to. The longer it sits, the better it tastes.
August 7, 2014
Zabaglione with Mixed Fresh Berries
This version is a fun spin on the old school recipe. It substitutes espresso for the Marsala wine.
July 28, 2014
I suggest making this classic stale bread salad in the height of summer, when you can easily find super fresh ripe tomatoes.
July 21, 2014
Octopus & Potato Salad
Pulpo has such a wonderful texture and flavour, it doesn't really need much help to taste delicious.
July 15, 2014
Grilled Foccacia Sandwich
A delicious gourmet sandwich that can be thrown together in minutes using store-bought ingredients.
July 14, 2014
Passato di Fagioli e Pomodori Freschi
Bean purée with garden ripe tomatoes and a good drizzle of Tuscan olive oil.
July 7, 2014
Tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella and basil are all you need for this classic Italian pizza.
July 4, 2014
Zucchini Risotto Bianco
Zucchini adds fresh spring flavours to classic risotto bianco.
June 24, 2014
It's five o'clock somewhere! This is an easy, breezy cocktail you can have any time of day.
June 17, 2014
Pasta al Burro
This is the dish that all Italian kids are raised on. In fact, if you want to get your little ones to love cooking, this is a great place to start.
June 12, 2014
Fava Bean Salad
This is the most amazingly simple salad. Make it in the spring when fava beans are perfectly in season.
June 9, 2014
Farro with Pesto
I love the nuttiness of farro, and this recipe is so simple your 6-year-old child could do it.