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Flavour Enhanced Ragu Bolognese

If there is one dish from Italy that has become a mainstay in home kitchens all over the world thanks to Italian immigration it is ragu bolognese; better known outside Bologna as spaghetti Bolognese. Although Italians, Northerners in particular, would use tagliatelle and not spaghetti, I’m guessing the combination of spaghetti and a meat sauce…

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pork rib ragu

Pork Rib Ragu

Nothing beats a homey meat sauce for pasta but rather than the ubiquitous beef mince I find a meaty Italian style ragu made with finely cut oyster blade steak or the meat from slow cooked ox tail is a real pasta treat. Stewing cuts of veal or pork meat can also be used.┬áIf you prefer…

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really wild lasagne

My Really Wild Lasagne

My really wild lasagne is truly wild with rabbit and with mushroom and chestnut flavours we associate with the cooler months of the year. It is rich and hearty, yet not a dumb palate and I think worth the trouble to make it from scratch using a handmade pasta with chestnut flour. Use a wild…

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Pasta alla norma

This is my version of Pasta alla norma, a very simple Sicilian eggplant pasta dish. The ingredients are eggplant, tomato, garlic, basil and ricotta salata, a ricotta that has been salted and pressed for several months to form a firm, white cheese much like an aged feta. You can find salted ricotta at DOC Delicatessen,…

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gnocchi with slow roasted tomato

Gnocchi with Slow Roasted Tomatoes

With the tomato season coming to an end you may still have a load that are a little past their just picked freshest. This recipe for gnocchi with slow roasted tomatoes is delicious – the slow roasting gives this sauce a deep, rich flavour perfect for an Autumn gnocchi or pasta dish. serves 4 hungry…

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