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Pasta with Tomatoes

This dish is all about three ingredients: fresh cherry tomatoes, good olive oil and fresh basil. Make it mid-summer when cherry tomatoes are their peak.

July 27, 2015
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Tuna & Chickpea Salad

This is an easy no-cook salad that's filling and flavourful. I used palamita, but you can easily substitute it with tuna.

July 22, 2015
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Tomato Melon Salad

Don’t be afraid to make this sweet and savoury salad your own. You don’t have to use lettuce as a base. Sometimes I only use only fruit, some finely chopped red onion, and some fresh mint or oregano.

July 22, 2015
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Caponata Napoletana

In Puglia they call this Frisselle. In Campagna, Caponata, but I call this the Ultimate Beach food. It's light and screams summer.

July 20, 2015
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Lemon Granita

This classic Italian ice is beyond easy to make and so refreshing on a hot summer's day.

July 9, 2015
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Cavatelli with Cherry Tomatoes

I made this Tuscan pasta dish using fresh cavatelli, but you can use any kind of short pasta and it will still taste amazing.

June 25, 2015
SPAGHETTI-WITH-FENNEL-WEB

Spaghetti with Wild Fennel

A really simple pasta dish that's brought to life by the fresh flavours of wild fennel.

June 17, 2015
EGG-BURJHI

Egg Bhurji

This is my breakfast staple when I'm in India. It's never too early for spice!

June 15, 2015
Lasagna

Lasagna

Who doesn't love lasagna? Make this version with your kids (and double the recipe to store some in your freezer).

June 9, 2015
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Spaghetti Caprese

This is one of my favorite summer dishes. It’s a spin on the famous Caprese salad and takes minutes to prepare.

June 3, 2015
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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.

May 26, 2015
pici_plate

Pici Pasta with Asparagus, Fava Beans and Pancetta

This simple pasta combines all my favourite Tuscan ingredients. It's beyond delicious.

May 25, 2015
tuna-web

Tuna with Carrot Salad

A fresh piece of fresh tuna needs very little. This is a beautiful appetizer and the shredded carrots and mint play a surprisingly strong supporting role.

May 13, 2015
Orrechiette-with-Calamari

Calamari and Chickpea Pasta

I first made this dish for my Indian friends, but it's 100% Italian. It's simple and elegant with loads of flavour.

May 11, 2015
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Italian Mojito

This is a twist on the classic Mojito substituting proscecco for soda water. Be careful, it's a strong one!

May 8, 2015
poached-pear

Wine-Poached Pears with Parmigiano and Ricotta

This is a sinfully delicious dessert that's so easy to make. If you really love your mom, you'll make it for her this Mother's Day.

May 8, 2015
bucatini

Bucatini All’Amatriciana

This is one of my all-time favorite pastas. Not only does it have the flavor of beautifully crisp pieces of pancetta, but you then use the oil it renders to flavor the rest of the sauce.

April 29, 2015
grilled_scamorza

Lemon Infused Grilled Scamorza

Scamorza is a fantastic cheese on its own, but when it melts and the cheese forms a crust, its almost indescribably delicious.

April 27, 2015
peposo

Tuscan Peposo

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
dante-pasta

Pasta with Lentils

This is recipe is "Little D" approved, but don't worry, big kids like it too.

April 17, 2015
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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

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
roasted_potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

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
Eggplant-Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana

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
BANOFEE-PIE

Banoffee Pie

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
bean and pancetta soup

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

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
potato croquette

Potato Croquette

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
shrimp

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
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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
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Pollo Saltimbocca

Chicken that "Jumps in your Mouth" is a twist on the classic Roman dish Veal Saltimbocca.

November 11, 2014
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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
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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
PUMPKIN-SOUP

Pumpkin Soup

This soup is quick, simple and spooky! ... I mean filling! Perfect for a pre-trick-or-treat supper.

October 31, 2014
cabbage

Cavolo Stufato – Stewed Cabbage

Stewed cabbage with an Indian twist! The perfect side for a hearty fall meal.

October 30, 2014
parmigiano_bowls

Parmigiano Reggiano Bowls

Everybody loves edible bowls. I mean everybody!

October 29, 2014
PASTA-ALLA-NORMA1

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
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Chestnut Fritters

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
tuna_cream_sauce

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

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
porcini_soup

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

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-patata

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
frittata

Clean-out-the-Fridge Frittata

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
acqua_cotta

Acqua Cotta

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
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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
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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
orange-chicken

Orange Chicken

This dish is bursting with citrusy goodness balanced with the crunch of almonds and fresh and flavourful herbs.

September 23, 2014
ciambelle

Ciambelle

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
anchovies

Anchovy Marinade

A super simple recipe that showcases the fresh flavours of anchovies.

September 16, 2014
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