Orzo and Shrimp Salad with Feta Cheese

A different twist on a pasta salad recipe. No mayonnaise or any creamy dressing.  Refreshing with a salty kick of feta cheese and a garlicky oregano sauce.

Fettuccine with Shrimps, Chorizos and Peas

The taste of Italy and Spain in a winning combination. A quick and easy pasta dish spiced up with Spanish chorizos and brightened up with shrimps and green peas.  Instead of fettuccine, you can use tagliatelle – the only difference is the thickness of the pasta.

Summer Pasta Salad

This light, refreshing pasta salad can be made ahead without any loss of flavor, just make sure that the ratio pasta-veggies is balanced. The dish is easily transformed into a vegetarian fare by omitting the bacon rashers. A nice crusty bread and a chilled rosé are superb matches.

Tagliatelle with Roasted Mushrooms and Chive Pesto

This pasta dish is a vegetarian’s delight. Chives, typically used as garnish, add a nice herbaceous and bright flavor to the pasta. Cremini mushrooms, also called baby Portobello or simply Italian brown mushrooms add the meatier touch.

Do not prepare chive pesto in advance. Chives will loose their emerald green color and turn dull green.

Penne with Roasted Eggplant

Eggplants are an excellent pairing to pasta. Their nice texture and capacity to absorb flavours make them a great substitute for meat. Sun dried tomatoes enhance this vegetarian option or light summer meal.

Pasta with Lima Beans and Arugula

Pasta con Fave e Rucola, a hearty dish of pasta with fava beans (broad beans) and rucola (arugula, rocket) and easy to prepare. You can use tagliatelle, fettucine or pappardelle.

Fettuccine with Zucchini Spinach Confit

Fettuccine con Confit di Zucchine e Spinaci – a tried and trusted recipe, easy to prepare. The zucchinis cooked in confit acquire a rich buttery flavor. Combine them with the spinach, peas and add a touch of cream, pronto, slow food par excellence!

Rice Pilaf with Swiss Chard

Sebzeli Pilav is a rice-vegetable pilaf (aka pilav) from Turkey. If you cannot find Swiss Chard, use spinach instead.

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

“Puttanesca” means, well, in the “style of persons exercising the oldest profession of the world”.

Given this juicy history there are many stories as to the origin of this well known pasta dish from Napoli. Suffice to say it is a very tasty dish, easy on your pocket – a delightful variation of the traditional Spaghetti alla Pomodore.

Risotto with Shrimps and Roasted Artichokes

Risotto is a test of patience in the kitchen. It is best not to leave the side of your saucepan. It’s not difficult to make, it just requires your full attention for at least 30-40 minutes. So, just get ready to stir and stir.

Vegetable Paella (Paella de la Huerta)

The original Paella dish came about as a way of cooking rice with vegetables from the garden, perhaps supplemented by bits of chicken or wild rabbit. This recipe is close to the original using only vegetables. A perfect summer dish easily prepared when season’s bounty is plentiful.

Squid Risotto

One of my favorite risotto dishes is Risotto ai Calamari from the Liguria region in Italy. Easy to make, downright delicious. Cooking the squid separately will avoid it to become though and chewy.

Tagliatelle with Roasted Artichokes and Prosciutto

Tagliatelli Paglia e Fieno con Carcioffi arrostiti e Prosciutto, a classic Italian pasta dish. ‘Paglia’ means ‘Straw’ and ‘Fieno’ means ‘Hay’ – the yellow pasta and the green pasta made by adding blended spinach to the pasta dough. Easy to prepare and always welcome at the dinner table.

Lemon Risotto with Crème Fraîche

Risotto al Limone is a lovely dish from Northern Italy. Using the round grained Arborio rice is paramount. Adding Crème Fraîche gives this dish a special touch.

Penne all Arrabbiata

One of the best-known pasta dishes in Italy. An easy yet tasty fare made with simple ingredients. A great recipe when you need something quick and uplifting.

Creamy Zucchini and Bacon Pasta

What an ingenious way to prepare a pasta dish with zucchinis and bacon in a creamy sauce. Utterly simple recipe yet soooo…. delicious!

Pasta with Anchovies and Arugula

Pasta con Rucola e Acciughe, the recipe for a tasty dish, easy to prepare. Arugula (US) or Rocket (UK) has a slightly peppery bite with a touch of walnut.