Vincisgrassi, a type of baked pasta, comes from the region of Le Marche in Italy. It’s attributed to both General Windischgrätz (who fought Napoleon at Ancona), and to princisgrassi (meaning fat for the prince). In either case it’s very rich – some versions being even richer with the addition of sweetbreads and a pasta dough made with vin santo or marsala.
Lobster tails are a good value way to buy lobster, though if you have access to whole lobster add the claw meat to the recipe as well.
A great introduction to pheasant: and makes a special sauce for pasta. Goes well with tagliatelle for an impressive dinner party dish for friends.
The best recipe for samphire. This easy dish is made with linguine and pairs the sea vegetable samphire with king prawns in a super-quick pasta sauce.
This classic blend of flavours is a favourite for a reason. Making it an open ravioli means that it’s quick and easy too. Use dried pasta if you can’t find fresh, and cook according to packet instructions.
This slow-cooked Italian veal in a rich sauce goes perfectly with the thick ribbons of pappardelle.
Vongole or clams make a classic Italian supper tossed with linguine and herbs. The clams are cooked in dry white wine, which combined with the natural clam juice make a lovely rich sauce for the pasta. Serve as a smart main for 2 or a starter for 4.
Cannelloni makes a brilliant alternative to lasagne. This vegetarian version is packed with roasted butternut squash, rosemary and a garlicky tomato sauce then baked with melting mozzarella. A great family lunch for a crowd.
Ready in just 15 minutes! This easy, peasy crab spaghetti recipe makes a satisfying midweek meal
This recipe for saffron mussels with orzo & tomatoes is really easy – it’s a one-pot – and takes under and hour but it looks fantastic and is packed full of delicious flavours. It’s a great new way to make the most of mussels and tomatoes.
This epic slow-cooked beef dish comes from legendary London steak house, Hawksmoor. Beef shin is cooked in red wine and stock until meltingly tender then macaroni and cheese is added and baked to golden, bubbly perfection.
This easy ricotta, ham and spinach lasagne is a delicious twist on a family favourite is a great recipe to have on hand midweek.
Fideuà is a Spanish dish similar to paella that uses short strands of pasta instead of rice. If you can’t find fideuà, break angel hair pasta into short pieces.
This posh porcini lasagne recipe is easy to make, vegetarian and feeds a crowd, perfect for family dinners or easy entertaining