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Peach & Amaretti Muffins Recipe

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Muffin alle Pesche e Amaretti Perfect for juicy peaches… Makes: 12 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 25-30 minutes Ingredients 240g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 100g golden caster sugar 50g amaretti biscuits*, roughly broken 2 large peach, stoned and cut into small pieces 1 egg 30ml olive oil* 30g butter, melted 240ml natural yoghurt 2 tbsp […]

Tuscan Bread & Tomato Salad


“Panzanella” The simplicity of this summery salad demands good quality ingredients – it’s worth hunting out tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes. The tomato juices mixed with the oil and vinegar make a flavour-packed dressing to soak into the crispy bread. The dish is best eaten at room temperature rather than chilled. Serves: 6 Prep […]

Tuna Steak with Caponata

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“Tonno con Caponata” This dish pairs lightly seared fresh tuna with the Sicilian classic, “caponata“, a slightly sweet and sour (“agrodolce”) stewed aubergine dish, especially popular in the island’s capital, Palermo. Any leftover caponata can be kept in the fridge for up to a week and used in salads or with pasta. Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes […]

King Prawn, Pea and Lemon Risotto

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Risotto di Mazzancolle e Piselli Herald in the spring with this lemony risotto. If you think that risotto is only a dish for the winter months, then think again. The addition of lemon really lifts the flavour but without being overpowering and makes it into the perfect spring risotto. Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: […]

Golden Polenta Chips Recipe

Enjoy Polenta Chips at home with this easy recipe. Delicious on their own or as part of a meal.

POLENTA FRITTA You love them in your favourite Italian restaurant, so why not try them at home… This recipe is taken from our ‘Autumn and Winter Cooking that is Just so Italian‘ recipe book. To view a PDF of the recipe click here. Ingredients which are available from our Just so Italian online shop are marked with a ‘*‘ […]

Sweet Chilli Jam – an Italian Recipe

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“Confettura di Peperoncino” – delicious on cheeses, salumi, roasted meats, fish, in sandwiches, even on cheese on toast. The first time I made this it was so irresistible it didn’t even last the recommended maturing time of two weeks.  The second time I made it, I doubled the quantities! It may not be the kind […]

Italian Recipe for a Warming Venison (Lamb or Beef) Stew


VENISON AND NOCINO STEW “Spezzatino di Cervo e Nocino” Banish the January blues with this comforting Italian casserole. This recipe is taken from our ‘Autumn and Winter Cooking that is Just so Italian‘ recipe book. “Nocino” is a walnut liqueur made by steeping green walnuts in alcohol. It has a slightly bittersweet flavour which melts […]

Italian Dessert Recipe – Chocolate Almond Torte, Delizioso!

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“TORTA CAPRESE” An indulgent chocolate torte made with ground almonds instead of flour, so even those who are gluten intolerant can enjoy the mouthfuls of delicious chocolate. This recipe is taken from our ‘Autumn and Winter Cooking that is Just so Italian‘ recipe book The coffee liqueur in the creamy accompaniment comes from our coffee suppliers […]

Hearty Italian Soup Recipe


SMOKED MACKEREL and SALMON RIBOLLITA  (Ribollita di Sgombro Affumicato e Salmon) We have drawn on our ‘Autumn and Winter Cooking that is Just so Italian‘ recipe book for this month’s hearty soup – perfect for warming up in the chilly evenings. Ribollita is a famous Tuscan soup, a hearty pottage made with vegetables, leftover bread and […]

Lemon & Raspberry Polenta Cake Recipe

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“Torta di Polenta con Limone e Lamponi” An Italian twist on the classic British Lemon Drizzle cake with the polenta adding a lovely crunchy texture. If you use a gluten free baking powder, this cake is great for coeliacs too. Serves 10 Prep time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 1-1¼ hours To view a PDF of […]