Zuppa di castagne (chestnut soup)

foraging - chestnut soup

Mario Matassa shares a simple but flavoursome recipe for chestnut soup with mushrooms – an Italian autumn classic… Serves 2 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Ingredients: • 200g ready prepared chestnuts • 200g fresh porcini mushrooms • 500ml vegetable stock • 100ml single cream • 2 tbsp olive oil • salt and freshly […]

Zuppa di pesce

Italian fish soup

Zuppa di pesce (fish soup), is an Italian staple with endless variations. Although this dish looks elaborate it’s really very simple, as Mario Matassa demonstrates… Serves 4 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients: • 6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 garlic cloves, peeled • 700g fish pieces such as sea bass, scorpion fish, monkfish, […]

Vegetable soup with mint, coriander and parsley

Fresh or frozen, peas bring a refreshing lightness to any dish and are therefore often used to lift the spirits of what might otherwise be overly-hearty winter warmers… Vegetable soup with mint, coriander and parsley SERVES 4 – Preparation 5 minutes – Cooking 15 minutes  Ingredients 150g frozen peas 150g frozen green beans, sliced into 2cm lengths 150g frozen […]

Mid-Week Meals: Arezzo Style Bean Soup

Try this hearty, delicious staple from Tuscany, where peasant cooking – or la cucina povera – prevails, and satisfying bean-based dishes like this form the backbone of the region’s famous cuisine Mid-Week Meals: Arezzo-Style Bean Soup Ingredients ¾ cup (5.5oz or 150g) black-eyed peas  2 ripe tomatoes  2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil  1 bay leaf  […]

Mid-week Meals: Penne with prawns & artichokes

Artichokes are a hugely popular ingredient in Italian cooking, and these succulent baby globes, combined with juicy prawns make this pasta concoction a mouth-watering treat that can be on your plate in minutes.   Ingredients Serves 4 1 lemon, for juice 4 baby globe artichokes, preferably with good long stalks 3 tbsp olive oil 2 […]

Courgette and Escarole Pie

A light and tasty snack that is easy to make and full of vitamins. Escarole is a form of chicory and has a gentle, but distinctive, bitter taste. The young leaves are also great in salads and soups Serves 4-6 Ingredients 250g filo pastry 1 head of escarole 2 courgettes, sliced 1 clove of garlic […]