Category: Pasta, Rice and Grains

Linguine with ricotta, lemon and lambs lettuce

This is a perfect light pasta dish for the summer prepared in the same amount of time it takes to cook the pasta   You will need: 500g linguine salt for pasta water For the sauce: 1 cup reserved pasta water 150g lambs lettuce 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice 200g ricotta 75g parmesan Lemon Pepper to season … Read More Linguine with ricotta, lemon and lambs lettuce

Quick healthy stuffed pasta shells baked in the oven

This is one of those healthier bakes that you can still make very quickly.  Instead of the pasta shells you can also use the cannelloni tubes.  The filling is made from ricotta, ground hazelnuts and broccoli. I used 10 giant pasta shells and this serves 2 to 3 persons. You will need: 10 pasta shells.  75g uncooked broccoli 50g hazelnuts 100g ricotta  1 egg … Read More Quick healthy stuffed pasta shells baked in the oven

Pasta with Smoked Salmon, kale and mushrooms

Everyone loves quick recipes and once you get into a routine it is easy to start preparing fresh meals daily.    So many people need to prepare meals for one and this is certainl ideal.  You will need: 110g pasta of  your choice 1 tablespoon plain or greek yoghurt 150g smoked salmon 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 small onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely … Read More Pasta with Smoked Salmon, kale and mushrooms

Spaghetti with Tuna and Olives

It is not easy to reduce portion size of our favourite meals and it is always hard to try to get that bit fitter before the summer is with us again. How do you convert a recipe to make it that bit healthier, with lesser calories.  How do you turn this wonderful pasta into a healthier meal. For the above recipe you will need: … Read More Spaghetti with Tuna and Olives


Very Quick Lasagne with less calories

As we approach the end of summer, I’m planning some warming meals, those kind that you can prepare quickly and will satisfy you at the same time. This lasagne is one to make for yourself. It is quick and does not need to look refined but hits that spot if you have a craving for a baked pasta dish.  I made them in individual … Read More Very Quick Lasagne with less calories


Quick oriental style Beef and Broccoli and how to cook perfect Basmati

This is one of the quickest dishes you can possibly prepare. For the best result I cut up the beef into very small pieces and cook it well before adding the other ingredients. Broccoli need to be just barely cooked.


Baked Pasta Caprese

The salad that originated in Capri is a classic and in this pasta bake I use the same ingredients. It is lightly baked and then before it is served, I top it again with more of the same fresh ingredients.


Pippa’s Mqarrun fil-Forn [Maltese Baked Macaroni]

‘it was with great pleasure that I welcomed Pippa Mattei to my weekend tv show. Pippa is a good friend who was also my cookery teacher. She introduced me to the preparation of real Maltese food when I returned to live in Malta a few years ago. We will be seeing more of Pippa’s recipes and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do. ‘


Linguine Aglio Olio with spiralized vegetables [vegan, diabetic friendly]

The vegetable linguine made with a spiralizer give colour to the dish and make it more appealing, visually and also in texture.’

Rigatoni with fresh broad beans and seasonal vegetables

  ‘a fresh pasta dish using broad beans, asparagus and seasonal vegetables.  It also makes an excellent pasta salad’ You will need: 300g rigatoni 1 onion 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons fresh mixed herbs a pinch of dried mixed herbs 1 tablespoon lemon zest 150g fresh broad beans 12 asparagus 75g mushrooms 75g fresh spinach leaves 2 kale leaves, steamed and roughly chopped … Read More Rigatoni with fresh broad beans and seasonal vegetables


Cooking with millet

I cooked a few meals recently during the tv show using millet, which is one of my favorite gluten-free foods.


All-in-one Macaroni Bake [lactose free]

‘I love all-in-one recipes, be it cakes, soups or anything.  My recipe here is a simply all-in-one, bake and eat !’   You will need: 500g macaroni a pinch of smoked paprika 1/4 teaspoon grain mustard 1 tablespoon flour 250g tinned tomatoes 100ml water 1 egg 1 small onion, chopped and cooked a grating of fresh nutmeg fresh ground pepper and sea salt 200g … Read More All-in-one Macaroni Bake [lactose free]