Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

Best Mediterranean recipes

We've rounded up 19 of our favourite Mediterranean-inspired recipes, from Italian baked meatballs to spinach and ricotta filo pie, chicken and olive cacciatore, and Portuguese custard tarts

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Pasta Norma

A quick meal for two based on the classic Sicilian aubergine pasta sauce. Meat-free and full of flavour it’s easy to make. Use rigatoni if you have it at home.

Pasta Norma

Chicken parmesan

Our take on a classic comfort food dish, this recipe for chicken parmesan is easy and ready in just 30 minutes.

Chicken parmesan

Spaghetti con cacio e pepe

This has to be the simplest ever store-cupboard pasta. It helps to use a good-quality pasta – De Cecco is widely available now and is worth the extra money. You can increase the pepper if you like it quite spicy, but this amount is a good starting point.

spaghetti con cacio e pepe)

One-pot pasta with goat’s cheese and spinach

This pasta combines wilted spinach and soft goat’s cheese to create a creamy and rich dish. Garnish with some extra parmesan and enjoy!

goats cheese and spinach pasta

Leek and parmesan risotto

This seriously simple risotto recipe is ideal for meat-free Monday. Spring onion and leek risotto is cooked traditionally in white wine and topped with parmesan.

Leek and parmesan risotto

Italian baked meatballs

Meatballs baked in rich tomato sauce with a melting mozzarella topping – this recipe is all about comfort food. It’s also perfect for freezing, making it a great option for when you don’t want to cook mid-week

Italian baked meatballs

Cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast

This recipe for cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast is so quick and easy to prepare but looks impressive when you pull it out of the oven. Serve with a big bowl of buttered orzo

Cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast

Spinach and ricotta filo pie

This spinach and ricotta vegetarian pie made with filo pastry is very light at under 200 calories per slice. Ready in under an hour you can make it ahead and cook it when you need it.

Spinach and ricotta filo pie

Spicy prawn linguine

Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This spicy prawn linguine has a spicy chilli kick to keep it interesting. It’s so delicious you’ll forget that you’re being virtuous

spicy prawn linguine

Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

A spicy Spanish one pot. Made with chicken and chorizo and plenty of hot smoked paprika, this is a gutsy rice dish that is sure to impress friends and family

Baked Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo

Broccoli and red pepper frittata

This broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata makes for a quick, healthy and delicious midweek meal. It’s on the table in just 20 minutes, plus it’s low-cal and 5:2 diet-friendly

Broccoli and roasted red pepper frittata

Tuscan slow cooked shin of beef with chianti

Italian cusine never goes out of fashion. This recipe for Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with chianti is a brilliant example of how to do things simply but perfectly. This is a great one to make when you need to feed a crowd

Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with Chianti

Courgette carbonara

Dressed in a light and creamy carbonara sauce, this quick-to-make pasta with courgette is perfect on a warm summer evening. It quickly dispenses with any garden gluts too

Courgetti carbonara

Smoky albondigas

The best Spanish meatballs recipe: These albondigas are made with beef and pork mince and served in a quick, rich tomato sauce. Make for easy tapas, or part of a dinner-party menu

Smoky albondigas

Chicken, red pepper and olive cacciatore

This summery Italian one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly, plus, it’s low cal and gluten free. The recipe is easily halved if you only want to serve 3-4 people

Chicken, red pepper & olive cacciatore

Meatball and mozzarella pan bake

This easy meatball and mozzarella pan bake is a one-pot that will please everyone. You can’t plate this up politely, so just put it in the middle of the table

Meatball and mozzarella pan bake

One pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

This recipe for one-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo is really easy to make and requires minimal hands-on time. What’s more, it comes in at under 300 calories, making it a great midweek meal

One-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

Portuguese custard tarts

Make classic Portuguese custard tarts Pastéis de Nata with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. Dusting the pastry with icing sugar gives the tarts a golden, caramelised crust when cooked

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Portuguese custard tarts

Baileys tiramisu 

This tiramisu recipe combines creamy baileys with soft sponge fingers, strong coffee and sweet almond liqueur to make a boozy and indulgent wintertime dessert

Baileys Tiramisu