APPETISERS Bacon and Pasta Soup

Simple soups make easy starters and quick lunches. This also makes a quick and easy meal if you serve it with bread and a green salad. It’s what they call a hearty soup!

APPETISERS Italian Caponata Recipe

Adapted from Antonio and Priscilla Carluccio’s Complete Italian Food. They suggest that you eat this Sicilian vegetable stew cold as an antipasto or warm tossed through pasta or served with roast meat or chicken. We’ve included a recipe for Caponata Bruschetta.


Poor Man’s Porchetta is made by roasting a whole piece of streaky bacon with rosemary and lemon and slicing it as a cold cut – it makes a great sandwich!


An indispensable sauce to have in your cooking recipe repertoire to use in lasagne, pasta dishes, bruschetta – anywhere you need a rich herby tomato sauce. Double or quadruple the recipe and freeze it in handy portions. We also show you how to make Chicken with Tomato Sauce and Parmesan and a fresh tomato sauce that can be tossed through cooked pasta to make a dinner in under ten minutes.

MAIN COURSES Spaghetti Carbonara

The classic Italian authentic Spaghetti Carbonara pasta recipe is made only with pancetta, eggs, Parmesan and lots of black pepper, and of course al dente spaghetti. The cleverness in the dish lies in its simplicity. It is the ultimate mid-week main course dish when you think you have nothing to cook in the house.

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