Recipes from a passionate home cook

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Recipe for cherry tomato 'orzotto' orzo pasta

Cherry tomato orzotto

You already know I feel very passionate about orzo pasta, and today I want to talk to you about orzotto. And my cherry tomato orzotto recipe, in particular. While I’m a big fan of risotto, and do also often make these as an easy weeknight meal, the orzotto is even easier to prepare, and arguably just as delicious. Orzo pasta Orzo, risoni, or puntalette, is a rice-shaped pasta that is mostly used in Italian soups and broths, but because of its size and shape, is also perfect to use as ...

Chicken asar salad and dressing with egg on toast recipe

Chicken Caesar on toast

Caesar salads are awesome. Period. While I can really appreciate a classic and traditional, ultra-light version, simply made with some romaine lettuce, croutons and dressing, I also love the more modern, meatier and popular version with chicken and egg. This chicken Caesar salad on toast recipe includes all those ingredients. Whichever variation of a Caesar salad you enjoy most, the dressing will really make or break the outcome. The one below is an easy, simplified and uncomplicated ...

Pesto pasta salad with green asparagus and sun-dried tomato recipe

Pesto pasta salad with asparagus and sun-dried tomato

We have been enjoying really lovely hot and summery days in London recently, and on warmer days, pasta salads are often go-to meals for me. While British asparagus are still in season, I wanted to incorporate these in some recipes last week, and together with delicious homemade basil pesto and some intensely flavoured sun-dried tomatoes, they made the perfect ingredients for my latest pasta salad recipe. This pesto pasta salad with asparagus and sun-dried tomato recipe is based on a very ...

Recipe for red pepper dip

Red bell pepper dip

On the last day of the week, I open my fridge and let whatever I have left be my inspiration to create new recipes. Last week this was a red bell pepper and I saw it was starting to go old, so I knew I had to come up with something quickly to make sure it wouldn’t go to waste. This is how my red bell pepper dip recipe was born! This dip (or spread) recipe literally only takes 5 minutes of cooking and 5 minutes of prep and honestly, I could not have been more pleasantly surprised by ...

Recipe for pea and ricotta ravioli with fresh mint pesto

Pea and ricotta ravioli with mint pesto

Ah, very little feels more rewarding than a delicious plate of fresh homemade filled pasta after hours of hard work in the kitchen. Admittedly, no matter how often you practise, making fresh pasta (and filled pasta in particular) takes a lot of time and effort. It is however really not very difficult, and if you have enough time and patience, it can be a stress-free process (though I’ll be honest and tell you this is rarely the case for me). I already shared with you my recipe for ...

Recipe for red pepper and tomato soup

Red pepper and tomato soup

Quite literally the only secret to a perfect soup is the use of great ingredients. I like my soups straightforward and easy, with my favourite vegetables and as few ingredients as possible. My recipe for fresh red pepper and tomato soup delivers exactly that. Now I realise that the internet is filled with countless red pepper soups already, so why the need for another one you might ask? Well, red bell peppers are my absolute favourite vegetable, so you can image how passionate I am about ...