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.

MAIN COURSES Penne with roast vegetables recipe

Make this when you have roast vegetables left over from the Sunday roast and you’ll have an impressive dish on the table with little or no work on a Monday.


Grappa is a clear distilled Italian alcoholic drink made from what is leftover after the wine-making process, that is the skins, pulp, seeds and sometimes, though not always, the stems. It is similar to the French Marc. It is a testimony to the resourcefulness of winemakers that they can turn what would otherwise be waste into something special.


Penne is a tube-shaped pasta with ridges that help to pick up a sauce – it comes in different sizes. + Recipes for Penne with Tomato and Basil, Penne with Spinach, Garlic and Chilli, Penne with Prawns and Courgettes and Penne with Ham and Mushrooms.


Cantuccini are a very special biscuit, twice-baked so they firm up just enough so that they can be dipped into Vin Santo without disintegrating and soft enough that they don’t necessitate a trip to the dentist.

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