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pesto pasta with potatoes and asparagus in cast iron white shallow pot

One-Pot Ligurian Pesto Pasta with Potatoes and Asparagus. You read right: potatoes and pasta. It’s a northern Italian thing that can be your thing, too. Add some fresh asparagus for colour and nutrition, plus freshly-made wild garlic – or wild leek – pesto to make it sing. Tastes great cold, too. This is a barely …

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vegan mushroom piccata for dinner in cast iron skillet

Mushroom and artichoke piccata is a delicious vegan take on the classic Italian chicken dish, chicken piccata. With plenty of lemon, white wine, extra virgin olive oil and best vegan butter, this is a rather decadent dish to serve over delicate capellini pasta. And it takes less than 30 minutes from start to demolish. If …

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Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. #parmesan #pasta #vegetables #cheese #familyfood #winter #recipe

Pasta shells stuffed with herb-roasted winter squash and Parmigiano Reggiano, over a layer of rich marinara tomato sauce and blanketed in a cheesy, no-cook white sauce. ** Winter is calling, and this family-friendly baked pasta recipe is the answer. Pottering in the kitchen, with the drizzle steadily falling on already soggy ground, is an especial …

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A comforting pesto pasta supper dish with the vibrant Sicilian flavours of lemon, garlic, capers and sultanas, chopped with blanched kale and stirred into your favourite pasta shapes with soft ricotta cheese.

A comforting pesto pasta supper dish with the vibrant Sicilian flavours of lemon, garlic, capers and sultanas, chopped with blanched kale and stirred into your favourite pasta shapes with soft ricotta cheese. We in the northern hemisphere are fast approaching the shortest day of the year and, despite the distinct lack of snow in my …

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A delicious late-summer jackpot of a recipe, done alla parmigiana. Not just eggplants, but chard, potatoes, garlicky oil and a simple homemade sauce, layered up and covered in gooey cheese and earthy porcini breadcrumbs. Hearty yet light; a vegetarian recipe the whole family will love.

A delicious late-summer jackpot of a recipe, done alla parmigiana. Not just eggplant, but chard, potatoes, garlicky oil and a simple homemade sauce, layered up and covered in a crust of gooey cheese and earthy porcini breadcrumbs. Hearty yet light; a vegetarian recipe the whole family will love. For all of you vegetable lovers out there, …

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We all know that homemade is better than takeaway, especially when it comes to pizza. Make your family happy by making this easy, food processor-kneaded wholewheat dough, and topping with slivers of long-stemmed broccoli, sauteed eggplant and kalette, all over a quick raw tomato sauce. Family-friendly vegan or vegetarian healthy eating. This also makes brilliant calzones too.

Despite being quite evangelical when it comes to home-cooking, a girl needs a break sometimes. While my preference is to go out, sometimes I really can’t be bothered making the effort, especially if it involves getting out of cosy pajamas (which I may put on as early as 4 pm in the dead of winter) or …

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Enjoy this fuss-free, family-friendly vegan pasta dish for a midweek supper, or at the weekend with a glass of wine. Full of nutritious beta-carotene and quercetin, this healthy, creamy mac and cheese look-alike is full of the goodness of sweet pumpkin and tender roasted red onion. Make it gluten-free with your favourite g-f pasta shapes. A …

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A crunchy exterior holds the soft, pull-apart artichoke heart & spinach interior of these easy-to-make, vegan and gluten-free polpettes. Although delicious on their own as a snack or appetizer, these Italian-inspired faux meatballs are perfect with my easy marinara sauce over your favourite pasta. Treat yourself and make extra of everything! A family- and guest-friendly recipe.

A crunchy exterior holds the soft, pull-apart artichoke heart & spinach interior of these easy-to-make, vegan and gluten-free polpettes. Although delicious on their own as a snack or appetizer, these Italian-inspired faux meatballs are perfect with my easy marinara sauce over your favourite pasta. Treat yourself and make extra of everything! A family- and guest-friendly recipe.   …

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Those of us fortunate enough to have space for a greenhouse, a sunny patch of garden, allotment, or indeed – in my case – a brilliantly-bright conservatory, are rubbing our hands in either glee or tense anticipation. Months of tending, cutting out pesky suckers, watering, feeding and tying up are about to pay off with …

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Gnocchi are ridiculously easy to make. Time-consuming, yes, but easy. To be honest I like a good-quality bought potato gnocchi. Every once in awhile I sling a pack or two in the shopping trolley, knowing I am halfway to a quick meal. Maybe heating up a homemade sauce I have pulled from the freezer to …

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