Spätzli

Swiss Spätzli Discover more delicious Swiss dishes on my small group food & wine tour of Switzerland! I love eating spätzli in Switzerland where they’re also known as chnöpfli (or knoepfle). While the Germans and Austrians make spaetzli too, they serve them simply boiled – the butter-loving Swiss go a step further. Once boiled Swiss […]

How To Cook Pasta Like A Nonna

How To Cook Pasta Like A Nonna Master Classic Pasta Recipes Pasta comes in two basic forms: dried and fresh. Both are good, but suitable for different sauces. Fresh pasta usually contains egg and is typical of more affluent northern Italy where it’s sauced with rich meat ragùs and creamy or buttery sauces. The poorer […]

Garganelli Pasta

How To Make Garganelli Pasta Join my Small Group Food & Wine Tours to Emilia-Romagna, Home of Garganelli Pasta Emilia-Romagna is the home of rich egg pasta, with 1 egg used for every 100g of flour to create pasta sheets that are then cut into an endless variety of shapes. Garganelli are similar to penne […]

Spaghetti alle Vongole al Cartoccio

Spaghetti alle Vongole al Cartoccio Like this recipe?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of southern Italy! Spaghetti alle vongole is the classic Italian clam dish. Vongole means ‘clam’ in Italian and I use the small South Australian vongole that are closest to Italy’s vongole veraci, but you can use any clams […]

Salmon with Fregola Salad

Salmon with Fregola Salad Like fregola?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of Sardinia! This baked salmon with fregola salad is a great dinner party dish as it’s both easy and impressive. The fregola salad was taught to me by chef Giovanni Pilu, from Pilu at Freshwater, who usually serves it with […]

Bottarga & Lemon Pappardelle

Bottarga & Lemon Pappardelle Like bottarga?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of Sardinia! I love pasta! I also love lemon and bottarga, so I created this simple recipe combining all three. It’s inspired by my friend and co-author, Giovanni Pilu who introduced me to the joys of bottarga along with many […]

Gnocchi di Patate (Potato Gnocchi)

Potato Gnocchi Like gnocchi?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class! I love versatile potato gnocchi, they’re delicious dressed with just about any pasta sauce including pesto, easy gnocchi Sorrentina from the Amalfi coast, or the simplest burnt butter and sage. You can even boil the gnocchi ahead of time, chill them in iced water then […]

Trofie al Pesto Genovese

Trofie al Pesto Genovese Like pesto?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of the Italian Riviera! I love this classic way of serving pesto – with the beans and potatoes cooked in the same water as the pasta it’s more like a main meal than a starter. This is done with various […]

Cicciones with Pork Ragu

Cicciones with Pork Ragu Like bottarga?You’ll love my online Italian cooking class featuring the food of Sardinia! I love the chewy texture of cicciones with pork ragu. The name of this rustic Sardinian pasta means ‘little fat ones’, which is so appropriate! This is the same pasta dough used to make lombrichi, the ‘worm-shaped’ Sardinian […]

Pasta Frittata

Pasta Frittata This is the best way I’ve found to use up leftover pasta that has a relatively dry sauce, such as tagliatelle Bolognese, orecchiette with broccoli and spaghetti aglio e olio. The photo here was made with leftover orecchiette with salsiccia & mushrooms (see video below) and was a great match with a glass […]

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