Vicky Bennison spent years tracking down Italy's 'Pasta Grannies' – some of them are in their nineties. Here's what she discovered along the way.
The sauce was a purée of cavolo nero with lots of spicy green new season's olive oil stirred into it. Well I have to say it was one of the most brilliant pasta sauces I have ever tasted and since eating it, I have made it many many times.
Italian sausages are very special as they tend to be made with a combination of fresh pork and cured, so they have the addition of fennel seed, nutmeg and other seasonings. This gives them huge amounts of flavour so they are perfect to use in a pasta sauce.
When it comes to lunch, having the same old ham sandwich each day can feel less than inspired. However, spending a fiver
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This delicious pesto dish is ready to eat in the time it takes to cook the pasta and is a great way to use up really ripe avocados. I use a couple of tricks to make this recipe extra special - using avocado creates a light and creamy pesto, and is a healthier alternative to cream or oil.
This is so quick to make and a really good way to use prawns. The courgettes become soft and almost creamy if you toss the pasta well... Make sure the pasta still has a bite when you remove it from the water as you need to cook and reduce the sauce in the frying pan to make the sauce coat the pasta. Have a good week!
Here's a pasta dish that is a real favourite in our house. I am not sure it will help me lose baby weight (well not in the portions I serve it) but for me it really is the taste of comfort and home.
Italian sausages are delicious in a pasta sauce as they are a combination of fresh and cured pork with seasoning so they are almost like a seasoned mince. Adding the swiss chard to the sauce gives it more texture and is a great way to use chard stalks.