Limone Sauce

  • 40 g (2 1/2 tablespoons) of butter
  • 1 lemon, large size
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley1/2 tablespoon of coarse salt

1. Wash the lemon and then grate the zest, avoiding the bitter white part. Squeeze out the juice and set aside.

2.  Place the butter, oil and grated lemon zest in a large non-stick pan. Remember to save some of the zest to add at the end.

3. Melt the butter and sauté it. Stir well with a wooden spoon and add the lemon juice. Finally add the garlic clove. Simmer on low heat for about 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti in 1.5 liters (7 cups) of water with 1/2 tablespoon coarse salt.

Take a look at the cooking time of the spaghetti on their package. Halfway through cooking, drain spaghetti and place in skillet with lemon sauce.

Spaghetti should be very much al dente, practically still raw, and finish cooking in the pan with the sauce.

5.  Add a ladleful of the starch-rich cooking water. Finish cooking the spaghetti in the pan, stirring well. If necessary, add a little more water.

Serve hot with more lemon zest and a little chopped parsley on top

Quick and easy truffle sauce

Serves six

- 90g/3.2oz black truffle paste or three or four black truffles
- 1 cup parmigiano cheese, grated or 1 cup taleggio cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream or mascarpone
- 1/2 cup white wine
- Salt and pepper to taste

1. On medium heat combine wine with truffle paste and let it cook for three minutes.
2. Add cream and let cook for another three minutes.
3. Combine cheese, salt and pepper and mix vigourosly.
4. Toss pasta and stir it very well. You might need to combine some pasta water in order to make the sauce a bit thiner.
5. Serve with shaved truffles on the top of each plate.

Antique spicy sausage ragu with red wine and Cognac

Ingredients for six servings:

- 4 Italian Spicy sausages (out of casing)
- 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup tomato paste or 2 cups of passata
- 1 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup cognac 
- 3 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 cup Mascarpone or heavy cream (Optional)
- Crush red pepper flakes (Optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (Optional)
- Fresh parsley 

1. On a big heavy bottom pan, cook the garlic, cinnamon, pepper flakes and sausages on olive oil.
2. Using a wood spoon break the sausages in smal pieces.
3. Combine Cognac and light the pan on fire! Watch your eyebrows, facial hair and anything flammable!
4. When fire is off, combine red wine and cook until all eevaporates.
5. Add the tomato paste and two cups of water and let it cook on low heat until it reduces in half.
6. If adding cream or mascarpone, combine it and turn of heat.
7. Serve with pasta or polenta with fresh parsley on top.




Lentils and chestnuts soup

Avgolemono (Greek lemon and chicken soup)

Carrot and Ginger soup

Pasta e Fagioli

Harira (Moroccan Soup)

White beans, chicken and sausages soup

Thai soup

French Onion Soup

Coconut, cashew and lime soup

Tunisian fish soup

Vodka Sauce with Smoked ham



17 Oz (500g) Pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
2 medium shallots (or one onion), diced
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup vodka
2/3 cup Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup warm water
2/3 cup grated parmesan
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped smoked ham
Fresh parsley (Optional)


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • In a large saute pan, add the olive oil and diced shallots. 
  • Saute for 3-4 minutes, then combine ham and cook for another 5 minutes,
  • Pour in the vodka in and light on fire, 
  • Add in the tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes to bring out the flavors.
  • Combine the greek yogurt,
  • Add in the parmesan, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • Let simmer for a couple of minutes. Leave as is or blend until completely smooth, adding more water if necessary.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta. 
  • Remove from heat and garnish with fresh basil, parmigiano, and red pepper flakes



Vodka Sauce

Chickpeas, spinach and lemon sauce

Bolognese Sauce



Chickpeas pasta with Spinach, lemon and rosemary

¼ cup olive oil

1 (14-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary, plus more for garnish 

½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper, or ¼ to ½ teaspoon red-pepper flakes (optional) 

Black pepper 

1 large shallot, finely chopped 

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 

1 cup Greek Yogurt

1 (6-ounce) bag baby spinach 

12 ounces spaghetti or bucatini 

½ cup finely grated Parmesan 

Lemon wedges, for serving

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high. 

2. In a wide, deep skillet, heat the oil over medium-high. Add the chickpeas, rosemary and Aleppo pepper, if using. Season generously with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until chickpeas start to caramelize at their edges and pop, 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer about half the chickpeas to a bowl. Reserve for garnish. 

3. Reduce the heat to medium, add the shallots and garlic to the skillet, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots are softened, about 3 minutes. Add the Greek Yogurt and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the spinach and season to taste with salt and pepper. 

4. Add the pasta to the boiling water and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the pasta until a couple minutes short of al dente according to package instructions, about 5 minutes. Do not drain the pasta, but using tongs, transfer the pasta directly from the pot to the sauce. Add 1 cup pasta cooking water and the Parmigiano, and cook over medium-high, stirring vigorously with the tongs, until the sauce is thickened and the noodles are al dente, about 2 minutes. Add a splash of pasta water to loosen sauce, if needed. 

5. Transfer to bowls, and top with reserved chickpeas, rosemary and black pepper. Serve immediately, with lemon wedges for squeezing on to and lots of fresh cracked black pepper! 

Orange Fragrant Goulash


1 kilo 2 lbs stewing beef cut into bite-sized pieces
1 kilo 2 lbs yellow onions finely sliced or minced
2-3 Tbs Hungarian paprika sweet or a mixture of sweet and spicy
Red wine or Beef Stock
One sprig of fresh rosemary, a sprig of fresh thyme (or marjoram) and a bay leaf tied into a bundle
2-3 Tbs tomato paste
Zest on one orange (Just zest, not the white part)
Lard or olive oil 
Salt and pepper

  • In a large braiser or sauté pan, melt two large dollops of lard. (If using olive oil, heat up enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Add the onions and orange zest and gently sauté them, turning often, until translucent and quite soft and reduced by at least half. 
  • Raise the heat to medium and add the beef. Sauté the beef until browned lightly, taking care not to burn the onions. Season with salt and pepper, and then sprinkle over the paprika, stirring so that all the beef pieces are covered. Continue sautéing the beef and onions for just a few moments more.
  • If using, add a good pour of red wine and simmer until the wine has evaporated. 
  • Now add enough water (or broth) so the beef is nearly covered, along with the tomato paste if using. Nestle the herb bundle in among the beef pieces. 
  • Cover and braise for 2-3 hours, until the beef is tender and the onions have completed melted. Remove the herb bundle.
  • The cooking liquid should have reduced into a dark and unctuous sauce, abundant but full of flavor. Add water or broth as needed if things seem to be drying out too much. If, on the other hand, the sauce is too thin, simmer uncovered until it has reduced to the right consistency. Taste and adjust for seasoning. 
  • While you can serve your goulash immediately, it is better after a good rest of several hours. Or, even better, overnight. 

Bread, Focaccia and Pizza


Traditional Pizza

Sage and Honey Focaccia

Traditional Pizza recipe

For the dough:

4 cups (500g) Strong flour 
1 tsp (5g) salt
1 1/2 tbsp (10g) fresh yeast
1,4 cups (325ml) warm water

For the Tomato sauce:

1 cup of tomato pelati (tinned tomatoes for pasta)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 garlic clove
1 pinch of crushed red pepper
1 tsp dried oregano

For the toppings:

1 ball of mozzarella
2 tbsp Parmigiano cheese
Fresh Basil leaves

(Parma ham and arugula)
1 ball of Mozzarella
2 tbsp Parmigiano cheese
4 slices of Parma ham
1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Olive Oil

Making the pizzas:

1. First make the dough. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Gradually add the yeast mixture, mixing well until you obtain a dough. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Cover with a cloth or cling film and leave to rest in a warm place for at least 30 minutes until the dough has doubled in size.

2. Preheat the oven to (430F) 220 degrees centigrades.

3. T
ake the dough, knock it back, then divide into two pieces, cover each with a cloth and leave to rest in a warm place for a further 30 minutes.

4. Combine all the ingredients for the tomato sauce on a blender or mixer and mix until is all blended.

Meanwhile prepare the toppings. For the Margherita. Roughly chop the mozzarella.

6. S
prinkle some flour onto a clean work surface and with your fingers spread each piece of dough into a roughly round shape with a border, make the dough as thin as you can but be careful not to tear it. Sprinkle some semolina or flour onto 2 large flat baking trays and place the pizza bases on them.

7. D
rizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over each base. On one, spread the tomato sauce evenly over, sprinkle with parmesan, add a few basil leaves over and top with mozzarella.

8. O
n the other base, arrange mozzarella and parmesan all over, top with Parma ham.

9. P
lace both pizzas into the hot oven and bake for 8 - 10 minutes.

10. I
n the meantime, toss the arugula in a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic.

Remove the pizzas from the oven, top the Parma ham pizza with rocket and serve immediately.


Ragù alla Bolognese

1/2 lbs (250g) pork minced meat
1/2 lbs (250g) veal minced meat
3,5Oz (100g) pancetta
1 garlic clove sliced
1 chopped onion
1 chopped carrot 
1 chopped celery stick
1 cup red wine
1 cup whole milk
1 cup beef stock
4,5Oz (130g) tomato paste (One little tube)
1 bayleaf
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
5 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper

1. Start melting the butter with the olive oil in a heavy bottom pan.

2. Add the carrots with pancetta first and let them get crispy, then the onions, celery and garlic.

3. Cook until golden color and start combining the meats. When the meats are cooked, add the bayleaf, wine, stock, tomato paste and let cook in medium heat until reduces 1/3. If you have time, slow cook for two hours and the meats will melt. Add more wine or water if necessary.

4.  Combine the milk and parsley and let it cook for another 15 minutes in low heat. 

5. Add the salt and pepper.


Chicken with pancetta served with lemon and capers sauce

1/2 cup pancetta , smoked, chopped

1 lb chicken breast in fillets

salt and pepper

Olive oil

tablespoons lemon juice , freshly squeezed

2 tablespoons wine 

tablespoons butter , softened but not melted

1/2 cup of capers

2 tablespoons parsley , fresh, chopped


  • Cook pancetta and capers in a skillet until brown.
  •  Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the large frying pan until very hot, add olive oil and immediately add chicken breast. Cook on high heat, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet.
  • Add 3 tablespoons lemon juice and maybe 2 more tablespoons white wine. Scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Remove from heat, add softened butter (but not melted) - to create a creamy sauce. Add chopped pancetta. Add back chicken. Top with chopped parsley. Serve with fried red peppers or potatoes.

Lemon Risotto with roasted tomatoes and almonds

1L (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
2 tbs olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
2 tbsp butter
1 white onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves
2 cups carnaroli or arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 cup lemon juice
Zest of 2 lemons, finely chopped, plus lemon zest to serve
½ cup loosely packed mint leaves, finely chopped
1 cup grated parmesan, plus extra to serve

For the roasted tomatoes:
1 lbs cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup chopped almonds
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

For the tomatoes:

1. On a big baking dish mix the tomatoes, almonds, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

2. Bake for 30 minutes on a 450f (230c).

Making the risotto:

1. Melt a good knob of butter in a large saucepan. Sauté the onions and garlic very gently in the butter for a minute or two.

2. Turn the flame up to medium. Add the rice and let it "toast" for a couple of minutes, then add a glass of wine. Let it to evaporate.

3. Now add a ladleful of broth to the rice. Simmer over medium heat, stirring from time to time, until the broth has been absorbed by the rice. Add another ladleful of broth and repeat for a total of 18 minutes or so. The rice is done when it's still al dente but without any chalkiness in the center.

4. When the rice is almost done, add the lemon juice and let it evaporate—only partially, like me, you like your risotto quite loose.

5. Off heat, add the Parmigiano-Reggiano and, if you like, another knob of butter to the rice. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds or so, until the cheese and butter have melted and the rice has developed a nice, creamy texture.

6. Combine the roasted tomatoes and mint and mix very gently.

7. Serve immediately.

Southern Italian Lemon cake with mascarpone and basil

1 big lemon lemon 

1 cup (250ml) olive oil , plus extra for greasing 

4 large eggs 

1 1/4 cup (250g) caster sugar 

2 1/2 cups (250g) ground almonds 

3/4 cup (100g) fine polenta 


1/2 cup (150g) runny honey 

1 big lemon 


1 cup (250g) mascarpone 

2 teaspoons icing sugar 

2 teaspoons vanilla paste

Few Basil or mint leaves

1. Place the whole lemon into a large deep saucepan, cover with cold water and a small heatproof plate (to keep the lemon submerged). Place the pan on a medium heat, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, or until the lemon is soft. (You might need to top up with more water, if the water evaporates too much.) 

2. Take the lemon out and set aside to cool down, then cut it into quarters removing seeds. Place the lemon into a blender or food processor, then mix it with the olive oil until smooth. 

3. Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F. Grease and line a deep 8 inches (20cm) cake tin or small individual cake tins.

4. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a large bowl, then whisk in the lemon and oil purée, the ground almonds and polenta. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin(s), spread out evenly and bake for 40 to 45 minutes (20 minutes if you’re making individual cakes), or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 

5. Meanwhile, make the lemon syrup: place the honey in a small pan on a medium-low heat and squeeze in the lemon juice. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes, until the honey has melted. (You may need to add a splash of hot water if it looks too thick.) Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. 

6. To make the mascarpone cream, beat the mascarpone, icing sugar and vanilla together, then gently fold in the yoghurt and set aside. 

7. Tip the almonds into a small, dry frying pan and toast until golden. (Keep an eye on them, they burn easy).

8. To assemble the cake, place the sponge in the middle of the plate. Spoon the mascarpone cream on top making peaks and waves, then drizzle over the syrup and garnish with the toasted almonds, lemon zest and basil leaves.

Sausage bruschetta


  • 3 Italian sausages
  • 1/2 lbs (250g) of stracchino cheese or grated mozzarella
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fennel seeds, chilli peppers or any other spice or herbs you would like to add
  • 1 baguette, sliced

    1. Take sausages out of casing. 

    2. On a small bowl combine the sausages, cheese and spices/herbs.

    3. Spread the meat on the top of the bread.

    4. Bake for 20/30 minutes or until bread is crunchy. Temperature 450f (230C). This recipe is also fabulous if using a barbecue grill or pizza oven.

    5. You can top the sausages with peppers, more cheese and any green vegetables.

The Best Roasted Chicken Ever

For the chicken:

- 1 big chicken
- 10 slices of bacon
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, lemon juice or red wine
- 1 garlic, chopped
- 1 tbsp dry thyme or 3 tbsp fresh thyme
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp or 1 tbsp crushed red peppers (1 tsp for mild, 1 tbsp for hot)

For the stuffing

- 2 Italian sausages
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 cup dried figs, dried plums or raisins 
- 1 cup walnuts or chestnuts
- 1 cup Asiago, Parmigiano or smoked provolone, grated 
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup red or white wine
- 1 tbsp butter, olive oil or pork lard

For the potatoes

- 5 big yellow potatoes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Fresh rosemary
- Oregano (dried or fresh)
-1 cup of Kalamata olives (optional)
- Salt and pepper

For the chicken:

1. On a small bowl, mix vigorously the oil, balsamic, garlic, honey, thyme, black pepper and pepper flakes. (Do not add salt if you are marinating, adding salt will result on a dry chicken).

2. Marinate the chicken overnight. (If using lemon marinate MAX 3 hours).

For the stuffing:

1. On a big casserole,cook the sausages with onion and garlic on the butter. Let it brown.

2. When sausage is cooked combine wine and let reduce. It will tale about 10 - 15 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat and combine all other ingredients.

4. Add the stuffing inside the bird.

Roasting the chicken: (You can do it using a normal oven or a barbecue)

1. Pre heat your oven on the maximum temperature as possible.

2. Start roasting the bird uncovered at 450F (230C) for 15 min. Place bacon strips on the top of the bird.

3. Reduce temperature for 350F (180C) for another 20 min.

4. Reduce temperature for 300F (150C) for another 20 min.

5. If chicken and bacon starts to be to brown, cover with a foil.

6. You have two ways to check if the chicken is cooked. One way is to cut with a knife a piece of the breast and check inside, It needs to be white not pink. More civilized way to check is with a thermometer.  Insert the thermometer inside the breast and the temperature needs to be 165F(75C) or more. This was you are 100% safe.

Roasting the potatoes:

1. Mix all ingredients and combine on a big baking dish. Possible the baking dish you will serve the chicken.

2. Bake the potatoes. Can be together with the chicken  on the same oven. But not on the same pan.

3. Add drippings of the chichen everytime you turn down temperatures. This is the secret for the potatoes to taste delicious!