Italian

  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: medium
  • Origin: Italian

Chilli Calzone

Ingredients

1/2 x 560 g (20 oz) packet bread mix | Filling: | 2 tablespoons olive oil | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 large onion, chopped | 500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef | 2 tablespoons ground coriander | 1 tablespoon chilli powder | 325 g (11 oz) can sweetcorn, drained | 375 g (12 oz) mozzareila cheese, sliced | 1 teaspoon dried marjoram | 1/2 teaspoon chopped dried thyme | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Mexicali Golden Corn Pancakes

Ingredients

75 g (3 oz) cornmeal | 25 g (1 oz) plain flour | 2 eggs | 300-450 ml (1/2-3/4 pint) milk | oil or butter, for cooking | salt and freshly ground black pepper | Filling: | 1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced | 1 large onion, finely chopped | 1 garlic clove, crushed | 2 tablespoons peanut oil | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced pork | 150 ml (1/4 pint) boiling beef stock | 400 g (13 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional) | Topping: | 2 large ripe avocado pears, peeled, stoned and diced | juice of 1/2 lemon | 1 gariic clove, crushed | 150 ml (1/4 pint) soured cream | 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

Beef and Potato Clock Flan

Ingredients

125 g (4 oz) plain flour | 75 g (3 oz) butter or margarine | 125 g (4 oz) mashed potato | 1 tablespoon sunflower oil | 1 onion, chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs | 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce | 250 g (8 oz) can chopped tomatoes | 1 tablespoon tomato puree | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spiced Lamb Tart with Apricots

Ingredients

10 sheets filo pastry | 5 tablespoons olive oil | 1 onion, finely chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced lamb | 1 teaspoon ground cumin | 1 teaspoon ground coriander | 2 teaspoons peeled and chopped fresh root ginger | 125 g (4 oz) no-soak dried apricots, chopped | 1 egg, beaten | 75 ml (3 fl oz) Greek-style yogurt | salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pasta with tuna and butter bean sauce

Ingredients

340 g/12 oz dried pasta (60 Sins on Original) | 2 tablespoons chopped parsley or herbs of your choice (21 Sins on Original) | For the tuna sauce: | 1 large onion, finely chopped | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 284 ml / 1/2 pint chicken stock made with Bovril | 1 x 397g/14oz can chopped tomatoes | 1 x 397g/14oz can butter beans or haricot beans, drained | 227 g/8 oz canned tuna in brine, drained (12 Sins on Green) | salt and freshly ground black pepper

This sauce is a great store cupboard standby for those occasions when you haven't had time to shop and need to whisk up a slimming, healthy meal from a few standard ingredients — perfect if you are on the Green Eating Plan.

Pasta shapes with cottage cheese

Ingredients

340 g/12 oz dried pasta shapes (60 Sins on Original) | 1 level tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard (1 1/2 Sins) | 340 g/12 oz very low fat natural cottage cheese | salt and freshly ground black pepper | 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or tarragon

This may sound a bizarre combination but, in fact, the marriage of hot pasta and chilled cottage cheese works very well. Try it and see for yourself! It is a particularly quick and easy recipe.

Pasta shells with salmon and caviare

Ingredients

340 g/12 oz dried pasta shells (60 Sins on Original) | 113 g/4 oz smoked salmon, cut into strips (8 Sins on Green) | 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill | 283 g/10 oz very low fat natural yogurt | salt and freshly ground black pepper | grated zest and juice of 1 lemon | 28 g/1 oz drained red caviare (1 1/2 Sins on Green)

To reduce the costs of making this luxurious pasta dish, some buy smoked salmon offcuts. Although you can use black "caviare" lumpfish roe, the red salmon roe looks much prettier.

Tuscan Bean & Pasta Soup

Ingredients

1 large onion, chopped | 3 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 level tbsp tomato puree | 454g/1 lb fresh tomatoes, chopped or 397g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes | fresh basil leaves, torn | 397g/14 oz can cannellini beans, drained | 852-1136ml / 1 /2 - 2 pt water | 113g/4 oz dried short cut macaroni or other small pasta shapes | salt & ground black pepper | 4 level tbsp parmesan cheese, grated (optional) | freshly chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)
  • Complexity: medium

Savoury Plait with Minced Beef

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil | 1 small onion, finely chopped | 250 g (8 oz) lean minced beef | 250 g (8 oz) minced pork and beef sausagemeat | 3 teaspoons dried mixed herbs | 1 egg | 2 teaspoons soy sauce | 400 g (13 oz) packet frozen puff pastry, defrosted | beaten egg, to glaze | salt and pepper | To garnish: | watercress sprigs | tomato quarters

Pistou Soup

Ingredients

1 tsp dried basil | 2 red chillies, seeds removed & finely chopped | Fry Light, for spraying | 1 onion, chopped | 397g/14 oz can cannellini beans, drained | 2 carrots, diced | 227g/8 oz potatoes, diced | 3 courgettes, sliced | 397g/14 oz can chopped tomatoes | 2 garlic cloves, crushed | 1 litre / 1 3/4 pt water | 57g/2 oz dried spaghetti broken into small pieces or use small pasta shapes | salt and ground black pepper

Perfectly cooked pasta

Perfectly-cooked-pastaIngredients:
* 340 g/12 oz dried pasta, e.g. spaghetti, fettuccine or tagliateife (60 Sins on Original)

Paprika Beef with Rice

Paprika-beef-with-riceIngredients:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
50 g (2 oz) butter
1 onion, thinly sliced
1garlic clove, crushed
2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
500 g (1 lb) lean minced beef
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon paprika
1 bay leaf
300 ml (1/2 pint) beef stock
250 g (8 oz) long-grain rice
125 g (4 oz) button mushrooms, sliced
3 tablespoons soured cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley, to garnish

Fried Rice with Pork and Prawns

fried-rice-with-pork-and-prIngredients:

4 Chinese dried mushrooms
4 tablespoons oil
few drops of sesame oil
1  garlic clove, crushed
250 g (8 oz) long-grain rice
500 g (1 lb) minced pork
250 g (8 oz) can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
4 tablespoons soy sauce
450 ml (3/4 pint) water
250 g (8 oz) peeled cooked prawns
2 eggs, beaten
4 spring onions, chopped

Risotto

risottoIngredients:

4 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red pepper, cored, deseeded and diced
1 large green pepper, cored, deseeded and diced
1  large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
4 celery sticks, sliced
500 g (1 lb) minced pork
250 g (8 oz) long-grain rice
600 ml (1 pint) boiling chicken stock
125 g (4 oz) frozen French beans
4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or marjoram
salt and freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Middle Eastern Lamb

Middle-Eastern-LambIngredients:

500 g (1 lb) minced lamb
1/4 teaspoon mixed herbs
seasoned flour, for coating
1large onion, sliced
2 tablespoons oil
1 leek, cleaned, trimmed and sliced
1 aubergine, diced
425 g (14 oz) can tomatoes
1 cinnamon stick
pinch of ground coriander
few cumin seeds
4 tablespoons water
150 ml (1/4 pint) white wine
salt and freshly ground black pepper
boiled rice or noodles, to serve

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