It is easy for people to become confused about bacon, prosciutto, and pancetta. They are all pork products, look the same, taste similar, and are often substituted for each other. So what’s special about pancetta? […]

Orzo pasta

A form of short-crust pasta, orzo is the Italian word for barley (from the Latin hordeum) and is shaped like a large grain or rice or barley. As with any other pasta, it can be […]

Parmesan pancetta orzo risotto

I was never the most adept of cooks as a student, but this was one of the few recipes I could cook to impress.  You could count the number of recipes in my repertoire on […]

Balsamic chicken pasta

Balsamic vinegar gives this recipe that extra special something and there are some people who love it even without the chicken. This takes your tomato pasta to new levels of culinary deliciousness.   Ingredients 14 […]

Tomato and Parmesan risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that all good chefs are meant to have in their repertoire, but as a fan of Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef, I know it’s one of those dishes that trips […]

Souper green minestrone

One of the great classics of Italian cuisine, minestrone actually has no particular set recipe other than it being a thick soup made with vegetables. Some recipes add pasta or rice, some add chicken stock, […]

Meat demon pizza

I’m not going to try and convince you that this is the healthy option, but if you’re trying to cut down on your carbs, then this is the pizza for you! The doughy pizza base is […]

Garlic pasta with breadcrumbs

Google is a wondrous thing! I hate waste and had some bread that was on its last legs and some parsley that wasn’t going to see out the week. Having decided that parsley on toast wasn’t going […]

Spicy spaghetti pancetta

I’ve been looking to perfect a really quick and simple pasta dish that packs a punch. The wonders of being a working parent means that you’re always on the lookout for something that’s a little more […]

Italian one-pan feast

Here’s a recipe to calm the nerves, if you believe the tales of ancient Greek wives. But more importantly, nothing could be less stressful than assembling this simple dish for a family supper or for […]

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