Pici Pasta with Asparagus, Fava Beans and Pancetta
This simple pasta combines all my favourite Tuscan ingredients. It's beyond delicious.
September 3, 2015
Octopus & Potato Salad
Pulpo has such a wonderful texture and flavour, it doesn't really need much help to taste delicious.
August 11, 2015
Spaghetti alle Vongole
This classic Italian dish is one of my all-time favourites and it's a lot easier to make than you think.
July 29, 2015
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
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
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
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
This classic Italian ice is beyond easy to make and so refreshing on a hot summer's day.
July 9, 2015
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 Wild Fennel
A really simple pasta dish that's brought to life by the fresh flavours of wild fennel.
June 17, 2015
This is my breakfast staple when I'm in India. It's never too early for spice!
June 15, 2015
Who doesn't love lasagna? Make this version with your kids (and double the recipe to store some in your freezer).
June 9, 2015
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
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
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
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
This is a twist on the classic Mojito substituting proscecco for soda water. Be careful, it's a strong one!
May 8, 2015
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
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
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
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.