Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara

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This dish was one of the first I learned to cook. There are many different recipes for carbonara and there are heated debates about whether you should add cream or not. I like cream, so Im using it. My recipe, my rules etc. But if you fancy something a little less rich, you can leave … Read more

Extremely simple Kids Sausage and Mascarpone Pasta

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Using just four ingredients, this is about as simple as a kids dinner dish gets (OK, five, if you include the oil. OK, OKAY..six if you include the salad). Serves 3-4 1 tbsp vegetable oil3-4 good quality pork sausages, skins removed1/2 onion, finely chopped2-4 tbsp mascarpone cream cheese2 handfuls dried fusili pasta, cooked according to … Read more

Creamy Pasta Peperonata

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  I teamed up with another dad and his kids (and mine!) last weekend and for lunch we went to a cafe in a local park. He raved about its Pasta Peperonata and challenged me to re-create it at home so that he could cook it for himself and his family. I wasnt sure exactly … Read more

Goats cheese and oven-dried tomato pappardelle

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Heres my second recipe for @ethelthegoats challenge, a Ready Steady¬¶Cook! mission to make something delicious from a box of ingredients sent to me by Capricorn Somerset Goats Cheese.    The key to this is to oven-dry your tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and black pepper. The resulting zingy intensity of the tomatoes cuts through the rich creaminess … Read more

How to make Spaghetti with a Pasta Machine

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My wife bought me Theo Randalls magnificent Pasta book for my birthday to add to the Imperia pasta machine she bought me for Christmas. Then my friend Richard went to a lot of trouble to get my Pasta book signed by the great man!  Ive used his basic pasta dough recipe several times now, but … Read more

Nigella Lawsons Mountain Macaroni

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The lovely Sally Whittle, founder of Tots 100 and blogger at Whos The Mummy, tells me her favourite ingredient is cheese, so Im dedicating this fantastically cheesy recipe to her. I think hearty is an appropriate word for this dish as it contains both pasta AND potatoes. Its Nigella Lawsons take on classic macaroni cheese, … Read more

Classic Pasta Carbonara

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Ive adapted this from James Martins Penne Carbonara which he cooked on a recent episode of Saturday Kitchen. James used 6 egg yolks but I thought that would make it too rich. The beauty of this recipe is it can be on the table in about 10 mins less if you use fresh pasta. Serves … Read more