Category Archives: Pasta

Pasta Making At Home. An Easy Cheat. Wonton Wrapper Ravioli Filled With Ricotta.

Ricotta ravioli are always are very special treat at our house. Soft pillows of lemon scented ricotta and parmesan cheese encased in silky smooth pasta. Traditionally made from scratch with long sheets of homemade pasta they can be time consuming … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Dinner. Family Food. Italian Meatballs With Ricotta and Parmesan Cheese and a Rich Tomato Sauce.

Sunday night dinner after a busy weekend. Is there anything more comforting than meatballs in a rich tomato sauce? Perfect family food for a cold winter’s night. Our favourite meatball recipe features ricotta and parmesan cheese. The result? Meltingly soft … Continue reading

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A Pasta Bake. With a Difference. Roast Pumpkin and Ricotta Rotolo with a Sage Burnt Butter Sauce.

I had started the day thinking I would make ravioli filled with roast pumpkin and ricotta. Somehow my day began to back up on itself and before long it was mid-afternoon. The pumpkin was roasted  but I hadn’t even started … Continue reading

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A Big Beautiful Bowl of Pasta. Authentic. Unadulterated. Fettuccine Alla Carbonara.

In my books nothing beats a big, beautiful bowl of pasta. Midweek I like to use up the contents of my fridge. This week I was in luck. On hand following my weekend deli splurge? Egg fettuccine, pancetta and  parmigiano-reggiano. … Continue reading

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The Flavours of Autumn. Ricotta Gnocchi. Two Ways. With A Fresh Vine Ripened Cherry Tomato Sauce And Basil Pesto.

My family adores home-made gnocchi. Traditionally made with potato, they can be a little time-consuming to make. Here is a very fast and easy recipe for times when you might be  craving a gnocchi fix but are time poor. These might look … Continue reading

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Pasta Pronto. Penne with Little Italian Sausage Meatballs and a Home-made Tomato Sauce.

Meatballs are a perennial favourite in this house. Team them with pasta and a rich tomato sauce and I’m everybody’s best friend. The reality is that making meatballs from scratch can be quite time-consuming. Not exactly practical for a quick dinner … Continue reading

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A Pasta Bake By Any Other Name. Pasticcio di Pasta Al Forno.

Pasticcio di Pasta Al Forno. Literal translation?  From the Italian. Oven baked pasta pie.  Known quite simply and affectionately as pasta bake in our house. There are many different variations of this delicious dish. Ingredients vary wildly depending upon regional … Continue reading

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Simple and Delicious. Chorizo, Capsicum and Tomato Pasta. Dressed with Lemon and Coriander.

This is what I cook when I don’t know what to cook. A simple and delicious fall back option. Another firm, family favourite. It incorporates the holy trinty of spicy chorizo, capsicum and chillies simmered in a tomato sauce.  I … Continue reading

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Melt in your Mouth. Pillows of Air. Home-Made Potato Gnocchi With Bolognese.

It would be fair to say that in our house home made potato gnocchi served with bolognese sauce and a generous grating of parmesan cheese is a perennial favourite. I think of home made gnocchi and these adjectives spring to … Continue reading

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Dinner in a Flash. Orecchiette with Sautéed Prawns, Lemon, Chilli and Garlic.

Orecchiette. Little ears of pasta. A speciality of the Puglia region of Southern Italy. Small and circular. Their little indentations perfectly suited to capturing a chunky sauce. Having just returned from the fish markets with some beautifully fresh prawns I’m craving seafood … Continue reading

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