Recipe – Minestrone Soup

I do love a good soup, they can be warming, full of flavour and very healthy for you. My absolutely favourite soup is Minestrone, an Italian classic of simple, fresh ingredients, it cannot be beaten. It’s also fairly simple to do, just add more and more ingredients to a big pot, and in this recipe…

Recipe – Pizza Penne with Asparagus and Salami Crisps

Everyone in our house loves Italian food as many families do. It’s easy to throw together and as long as the ingredients are good quality you’ll get a great family meal that disappears quickly! This is a fab combo of ingredients which would end up on a pizza but actually makes a brilliant pasta dish….

Recipe – Beef and Guinness Ragu

    I was inspired by a lovely looking dish in Delicious Magazine – honestly it did look wonderful and I thought I’d explore the recipe. I changed it a little to make it more family (and budget!) friendly. This is a fantastic dish because it’s A LOT, but you can split it down into…

Recipe – Spinach, Mascarpone and Ham Hock Rotolo

Rotolo, not to be confused with Ronco, producers of the finest compliation albums before NOW came along… Think swiss roll pasta things full of cheese, ham and spinach, in a lovely sauce. It’s the future! Certainly it’s fun to make (and messy…) and my family really enjoyed it. Adapted from Olive Magazine. Rotolo! For 4-6…

Recipe – Bacon and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Pasta bakes are the stuff of family dinner legend… kids love pasta and a bake is a great way to get really soft pasta and maximum flavour into your meal. I may be accused of being a heathen putting Chorizo in an Italian dish, but it works brilliantly and provides a very tasty meal. To…

Recipe – Asparagus, Lemon and Pecorino Pasta

I do look at a lot of the supermarket recipe cards they like to give away, for inspiration and maybe finding an ingredient I’ve never used before. I always like to try my own little twist on things so with thanks to Waitrose, here’s my version of a recent recipe from them. It makes a…

Recipe – Spaghetti Bolognese

I was surprised to find I hadn’t put this on the blog as it’s such a staple in our house, and probably a lot of houses! We recently had this double the size for our whole family (eight) so it can be good for big or small meals. To feed 4, you will need: 500g…