Category: Pasta, Rice and Grains


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]


Fenkata with minced meat

We featured this dish on tv this week. Did you know that rabbit meat is higher in protein and lower in fat and cholesterol than other meats ? For this pasta dish, you will need: 75 to 120g spaghetti per portion 250g minced rabbit meat 1 spoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot finely chopped 1 bay leaf … Read More Fenkata with minced meat

Penne with Aubergines and Fresh Herbs

So simple and straighforward, everyone loves this dish. I always add dried mint whenever i use fresh mint, just a touch, it seems to bring out more of a rounded flavor and gives the overall taste more depth without the addition of too many flavors.


Quick Everyday Meal: Broccoli and Hazelnut Pasta Shell Bake

This is a healthy pasta dish, shells filled with a mix of broccoli, hazelnuts and ricotta and baked in the oven to make a surprisingly light dish.


A quick weekday meal …. Roberto’s Perfect Puttanesca

This is a store cupboard pasta, something quick, easy and wonderfully delicious that can be prepared in no time at all. In fact rather than being a whore’s pasta, I prefer the version that the name is derived from ‘Facci una puttanata’… all about making something ‘cheaply and quickly