Italian

  • Time: 10 minutes, plus chilling time
  • Complexity: very easy
  • Origin: Italian

Italian tricolore kebabs

Ingredients

20 cherry tomatoes | 20 fresh basil leaves | 113 g/4 oz reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, drained (14 Sins) | salt and freshly ground black pepper

These mini kebabs are perfect for entertaining at any time of the year. They are quick and easy to prepare, can be made in advance, require no cooking and taste wonderful.

  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Basil Spaghetti & Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

227g/8 oz dried spaghetti | 170g/6 oz red cherry tomatoes | 170g/6 oz yellow cherry tomatoes | 2 level tbsp very low fat natural Greek yogurt | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 4 spring onions, chopped | 1 bunch fresh basil leaves, torn | salt & ground black pepper | 1 tbsp olive oil

Arrabbiata Sauce 'n' Pasta

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 1 small onion, sliced thinly | 3 garlic cloves, crushed | pinch dried mixed herbs | 1 tsp dried chilli flakes | 454g/1 lb passata | salt & ground black pepper | 454g/1 lb dried pasta

Crostini toasts

Ingredients

4 medium slices white bread, 800 g loaf (18 Sins) | 1 garlic clove, peeled and halved | Fry Light, for spraying

These wonderful little toasts are ideal for handing round at parties. You can top them with a wide range of different savoury toppings.

Chicken with mushrooms

Ingredients

4 chicken quarters | dried oregano and ground paprika, for seasoning | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 1 tablespoon plain flour | 425 g (14 oz) closed cup mushrooms, quartered | 300 ml (1/2 pint) chicken stock | 1/2 onion, grated | 1 green pepper, cored, seeded and cut into fine strips | 150 ml (1/4 pint) double cream | 50 ml (2 fl oz) Cognac | cayenne pepper (optional) | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Spicy Vegetable Risotto

Ingredients

227g/8 oz brown rice | 113g/4 oz potato, diced | 1 large carrot, chopped | 1 head broccoli, cut into florets | 1/2 small cauliflower, cut into florets | 1 large onion, chopped | 1 leek, chopped | 6 mushrooms, chopped | 1 red chilli, seeds removed & finely chopped | 1 green chilli, seeds removed & finely chopped | pinch of dried paprika | salt & ground black pepper
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients

14g / 1/2 oz dried mushrooms | 852ml / 1 1/2 pt boiling water | Fry Light, for spraying | 1 small red onion, finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 227g/8 oz arborio rice | 113g/4 oz mushrooms, sliced | salt & ground black pepper | 1 level tbsp freshly chopped parsley | 28g/1 oz parmesan cheese, grated

Chilli Risotto

Ingredients

Fry Light, for spraying | 1 onion, chopped | 113g/4 oz mushrooms, sliced | 2 tsp dried paprika | 3 tsp chilli powder | dash of Worcestershire sauce | 397g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes | 113g/4oz frozen peas | 397g/14 oz can sweetcorn | 397g/14 oz can kidney beans, drained | 2 tsp artificial sweetener | 284ml / 1/2 pt stock made with Vecon | 1 packet Batchelors Savoury Rice, any variety | salt & ground black pepper
  • Complexity: very easy

Lemon & Herb Pasta

Ingredients

113g/4 oz dried pasta shapes | pinch of salt | 3 tbsp very low fat natural fromage frais | ground black pepper | celery salt | 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind | 1 tbsp lemon juice | 2 spring onions, finely chopped | 1 tbsp freshly chopped basil | 1 tbsp freshly chopped chives

Farfalle with mushrooms

Ingredients

250-300 g (8-10 oz) farfalle (pasta bows) | 25 g (1 oz) butter | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 500 g (2 lb) button or small closed cup mushrooms | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 50 g (2 oz) can anchovies in oil, drained and roughly chopped | 6 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley | 300 ml (1/2 pint) soured cream | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Complexity: advanced
  • Origin: Italian

Mushroom lasagne

Ingredients

1 large onion, chopped | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 250g (8 oz) closed cup mushrooms, sliced | 1 tablespoon plain flour | 1 tablespoon lemon juice | 600 ml (1 pint) natural yogurt | 75 g (3 oz) chopped walnuts | 125 g (4 oz) lean ham, in julienne strips | 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley | 150 g (5 oz) no pre-cook wholemeal lasagne | 175 g (6 oz) Wensleydale cheese, grated | 6 tablespoons fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs | salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Complexity: advanced

Mushroom ravioli

Ingredients

Filling: | 1 onion, finely chopped | 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 500 g (1 lb) chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped | 200 g (7 oz) ricotta cheese | 1 egg, beaten | 2-3 tablespoons fresh white breadcrumbs | 75 g (3 oz) butter | 50 g (2 oz) Parmesan cheese, grated | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Egg pasta dough: | 500 g (1 lb) strong plain flour | good pinch of salt | 4 eggs | 1 teaspoon olive oil | 1-2 tablespoons water
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Mushroom & pepper pizza

Ingredients

Topping: | 2 tablespoons sunflower oil | 250 g (8 oz) onions, sliced | 425 g (14 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 2 tablespoons tomato puree | 125 g (4 oz) mozzarella cheese, grated | 1/2 red pepper, cored, seeded and sliced | 1/2 orange pepper, cored, seeded and sliced | 1/2 green pepper, cored, seeded and sliced | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 125 g (4 oz) mixed mushrooms, such as oyster, shiitake and chestnut, sliced | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Dough: | 250 g (8 oz) strong plain flour | 1/2 teaspoon salt | 7 g (1/4 oz) sachet fast-action dried yeast | pinch of sugar | 150 ml (1/4 pint) tepid water
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: Italian

Peppered Beef Pizza

Ingredients

1/2 x 275 g (9 oz) packet bread mix | Topping: | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 1 small onion, grated | 2 tablespoons tomato puree | 1 teaspoon paprika | 125 g (4 oz) button mushrooms, sliced | 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into rings | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and sliced into rings | 250 g (8 oz) mozzareila cheese, thinly sliced | 50 g (2 oz) can anchovy fillets, cut in half lengthways | a few black olives | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Basil & Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients

227g/8 oz long grain rice | 1 punnet mini plum tomatoes, halved | 1 green pepper, deseeded & diced or 1 bunch spring onions, chopped | 2 tbsp freshly chopped basil | 227g/8 oz light mozzarella cheese, cubed | 4 tbsp Get Dressed, Fat Free Dressing, Classic Italian

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