Chicken Spaghetti Carbonara


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


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


  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


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


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


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


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