Quick, simple and – much as I hate the word – tasty. I know no self-respecting Italian would let tomato seeds sully a sauce, but I do so very happily, and it’s the gloop inside the halved cherry tomatoes that adds cohesion to the spicy, tangy creaminess.
Special spaghetti cake from Jamie Oliver With spinach, cheese and sun-dried tomatoes I discovered this dish in Italy while working on my Italian book. When full of ham, chicken and mushrooms, it's called tetrazzini. Try my lighter vegetarian version.
We& having a major partying (and eating) like it& 1995 when lasagne, pasta bakes and mac & cheese reigned supreme, crowning dinner tables everywhere.
“This is the Italian way of preparing mac ’n’ cheese, without the need to make a béchamel sauce. You can use a mixture of any cheeses you have in the fridge.” This recipe is an extract from Gennaro’s Fast Cook Italian by Gennaro Contaldo ($39.99, Harper Collins).
Classic gnocchi and gorgonzola are the perfect combination. Try to get good-quality gnocchi from an Italian deli; I really like the small variety, known as chicchi. This recipe is an extract from Gennaro’s Fast Cook Italian by Gennaro Contaldo ($39.99, Harper Collins).