Gnocchi all’Amatriciana al Forno

This is a very easy Italian-style meal of my own creation, combining gnocchi with a simplified sugo all'amatriciana. If you prefer, macaroni or another small, cut pasta could be used in place of gnocchi. Ingredients 500g pack of gnocchi 400g tin of tomatoes 6 rashers of pancetta, or 4 rashers of unsmoked streaky bacon 1 […]

Spaghetti Bolognese

Yes, I know Spag Bol isn’t actually Italian, but it is Italian-style. The sauce doesn’t just have to be served with spaghetti – any other pasta will do, as would chips, baguettes, garlic bread or jacket potato. Ingredients 450g tin of chopped tomatos 500g of lean minced beef, frozen 4 rashers of pancetta or smoked […]

Penne Gorgonzola

Ingredients 450g tin of chopped tomatoes or pasatta sauce 100g gorgonzola 150g – 200g penne or other pasta Method If using tinned tomatoes, put them in a blender and liquify. Heat over a medium flame. Cook the penne, following the instructions on the packaging. Chop the gorgonzola into 1/2 inch cubes. Drain the pasta. Put […]

Neopolitan Sauce

A very simple Italian tomato sauce, suitable for pasta. Ingredients 450g tin of chopped tomatos 1 medium onion, chopped 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped some fresh chopped basil or oregano (or both) salt and pepper to taste some olive oil Method Fry the onions and garlic in the olive oil until they […]

Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles is a sloppy tortilla casserole. Ingredients 8 corn tortillas, cut into strips oil… and lots of it 400g fresh tomatos, finely chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 hot chillies, finely chopped 1 teaspoon marjoram 250 mL chicken stock 150g grated cheese 250 mL creme fraiche / soured cream 1/4 cup fresh corriander, chopped […]

Chilli con Carne

Ingredients * 2, 3 or 4 (depending on how hot you like it!) chilli peppers, deseeded and chopped * 500g minced beef * 450g tin of chopped tomatos * 450g tin of red kidney beans or mixed beans, drained * 1 green pepper, chopped * 1 medium onion, chopped * 1 or 2 sticks of […]

Nachos

Ingredients * Chilli con Carne or vegitarian chilli * 300g tortilla chips * 150—200g grated medium chedder * 2 chopped green chilli peppers * 6 chopped spring onions * 6 chopped cherry tomatos * 3 tablespoons soured cream * 1 tablespoon chopped chives * Fresh corriander, torn roughly Guacamole 1 large avocado 2 tablespoons of […]