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 ...

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 the perfect spaghetti cacio e pepe with pecorino and parmesan cheese

The perfect cacio e pepe

The traditional Roman pasta recipe for cacio e pepe – ‘cheese and pepper’ in Italian – could not be more simple and only requires three ingredients: spaghetti, pecorino romano and black pepper, therefore it is often referred to as an adult mac and cheese. These are ingredients I usually always have in the house and I used to make this quick dish so often when I didn’t have time to pop to the supermarket and needed to quickly whip something up in the kitchen. While an ...

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 penne pasta with spinach & pecorino pesto

Pasta with spinach and pecorino pesto

My biggest inspiration while creating my own recipes is the selection of left-over product in my fridge. As someone passionate about cooking and trying new things I buy many ingredients in small quantities to experiment and serve a very varied weekly menu. As a result, I always have some stuff left over by the end of the week. For exactly that reason, and because I hate any form of food waste, I tend to do my weekly grocery shopping for slightly fewer meals than I will need. It allows me to ...

Recipe for oven-baked tomato orzo pasta

Oven-baked tomato orzo pasta

Orzo pasta is so versatile that I went through a period of eating it multiple times a week. Simply boiled with a delicious sauce, as the base for a pasta salad or as a substitution for rice in a speedy risotto (also called an orzotto), but my recipe for oven-baked tomato orzo pasta is perhaps the fastest and easiest way to enjoy this fantastic and truly underestimated pasta shape! As a big fan of this ingredient, you can imagine how excited I was when I first found a recipe in The Green ...