Italian

Carbonara sauce

Carbonara-sauceIngredients:
* 30 g (1 oz/6 teaspoons) butter
* 8 rashers bacon, rinds removed, cut into matchsticks
* 4 eggs
* 60 g (2 oz/ l1/2 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
* 6 teaspoons single (light) cream
* salt and pepper
* 3 teaspoons chopped fresh chives

Shellfish sauce

Shellfish-sauceIngredients:
* 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) olive oil
* 500 g (1 lb) fresh mussels in shells, cleaned
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 2 shallots, finely chopped
* 185 ml (6 fl oz / 2/3 cup) dry white wine
* salt and pepper
* 250 g (8 oz) can clams
* 6 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

Hare sauce

Hare-sauceIngredients:
* saddle of hare, weighing about 500 g (1 lb)
* 6 teaspoons vegetable oil
* 6 rashers bacon, rinds removed, chopped
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1 carrot, finely chopped
* 2 teaspoons plain flour
* 155 ml (5 fl oz / 2/3 cup) meat stock
* salt and pepper
* freshly grated nutmeg

Marinade:
* 250 ml (8 fl oz/1 cup) red wine
* 1 onion, sliced
* 1 stick celery, sliced
* 1 bay leaf
* 2 black peppercorns

Chicken liver sauce

Chicken-liver-sauceIngredients:
* 30g (1oz/6 teaspoons) butter
* 4 rashers bacon, rinds removed chopped
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 375g (12oz) chicken livers, chopped
* 2 teaspoons plain flour
* 185 ml (6 fl oz / 3/4 cup) chicken stock
* 1 teaspoon tomato puree (paste)
* salt and pepper
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram
* 60 ml (2 floz / 1/4 cup) thick sour cream
* sprigs of marjoram, to garnish

Mascarpone sauce

Mascarpone-sauceIngredients:
* 15g (1/2 oz / 3 teaspoons) butter
* 250 g (8 oz/1 cup) mascarpone
* milk
* 90 g (3 oz / 3/4 cup) walnuts, coarsely chopped
* 30g (1oz / 1/4 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
* salt and pepper

Creamy mushroom sauce

Creamy-mushroom-sauceIngredients:
* 90 g (3 oz / 1/3 cup) butter
* 125 g (4 oz) mushrooms sliced
* 155 ml (5 fl oz / 2/3 cup) creme fraiche
* 2 egg yolks
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/2 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
* salt and pepper
* pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
* 125 g (4 oz/1 cup) frozen peas, thawed
* sprig of mint, to garnish

Creamy mushroom sauce

Creamy-mushroom-sauceIngredients:
* 90 g (3 oz / 1/3 cup) butter
* 125 g (4 oz) mushrooms sliced
* 155 ml (5 fl oz / 2/3 cup) creme fraiche
* 2 egg yolks
* 60 g (2 oz / 1/2 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
* salt and pepper
* pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
* 125 g (4 oz/1 cup) frozen peas, thawed
* sprig of mint, to garnish

Avocado pasta salad

Avocado-pasta-saladIngredients:
* 250 g (8 oz/4 cups) pasta bows
* 1 large avocado
* grated peel and juice of 1/2 an orange
* salt and pepper
* orange twists and peel, smoked salmon
* cornets and sprigs of dill, to garnish

Chicken tarragon salad

Chicken-tarragon-saladIngredients:
* 250 g (8 oz/4 cups) pasta shells
* 1.5 kg (3 lb) chicken, cooked
* 250 g (8 oz) seedless grapes
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
* 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) mayonnaise
* 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) creme fraiche
* salt and pepper
* sprigs of parsley, to garnish

Pasta nicoise

Pasta-nicoiseIngredients:
* 250 g (8 oz/4 cups) wholewheat pasta spirals
* 6 canned anchovies, drained
* 30 g (1 oz/2 tablespoons) black olives
* 220 g (7 oz) can tuna fish
* 3 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
* 3 teaspoons chopped fresh chives or mint
* wedges of hard-boiled egg, to garnish

Dressing:
* salt and pepper
* 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 3 teaspoons wine vinegar
* 75 ml (2 1/2 fl oz / 1/3 cup) olive oil

Three_way pasta salad

Three-way-pasta-saladIngredients:
* 6 spring onions
* 1 small red pepper (capsicum)
* 1 small green pepper (capsicum)
* 1 quantity salad dressing
* 250g(8 oz/4 cups) red, green and white pasta shells

Seafood pasta salad

Seafood-pasta-saladIngredients:
* 375 g (12 oz) monkfish
* 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) dry white wine
* 250 g (8 oz/4 cups) green pasta spirals
* 90 g (3 oz) smoked salmon trout
* 125 g (4 oz / 3/4 cup) peeled prawns
* 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill weed
* lemon slices and sprigs of dill, to garnish

Salad dressing:
* 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
* salt and pepper
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 3 teaspoons lemon juice
* 75 ml (2 1/2 fl oz / 1/3 cup) olive oil

Smoked salmon roulade

Smoked-salmon-rouladeIngredients:
* 3 sheets lasagne
* 1 bunch watercress, washed and trimmed
* 3 spring onions, very finely chopped
* 3 teaspoons olive oil
* 1 teaspoon horseradish sauce
* salt and pepper
* 1 avocado
* juice of 1/2 a lemon
* 90 g (3 oz) smoked salmon
* 60 ml (2 fl oz l 1/4 cup) mayonnaise
* 60 ml (2 fl oz / 1/4 cup) creme fraiche
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill weed
* lemon slice and sprig of dill, to garnish

Avgolemono soup

Avgolemono-soupIngredients:
* 1 litre (1 3/4 pints / 4 cups) chicken stock
* 45 g (1 1/2 oz / 1/3 cup) pastini
* salt and pepper
* 2 eggs
* juice of 1 lemon
* lemon slices and sprigs of mint, to garnish

Bean & pasta soup

Bean--pasta-soupIngredients:
* 6 teaspoons olive oil
* 1 onion, finely chopped
* 1 clove garlic, crushed
* 2 carrots, finely chopped
* 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
* 1.5 litres (2 1/2 pints / 6 cups) chicken stock
* salt and pepper
* 90 g (3 oz / 1 1/2 cups) pasta shells
* 440 g (14 oz) can borlotti beans
* celery leaves, to garnish

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