Pizza versus Calzone – part three

Ah, that lovely smell of pizza in the oven



Ricotta, spinach, mozzarella calzone


Tomato sauce, ricotta, spinach calzone

I should really do this more often, it’s been a really satisfying process, from making the dough, to stretching it and topping it with tasty veg and cheese, not forgetting pizza for leftovers 🙂

Now, on to the calzones – as you can see, my first had a gap so I covered it up, and the filling of tomato sauce, ricotta and spinach didn’t ooze out. The second was easier to shape, no gaps, but the filling of spinach, ricotta and mozzarella did melt out of one side – that’s just the homemede touch 😉

Both really hit the spot – they were well seasoned, had a nice balance of dough and filling for my tastes, and reheated well for lunches the next day.

As much as I enjoyed the pizza, it tasted so much better fresh from the oven. Still, I’d never turn my nose up at pizza for breakfast, never!

Buon appetito




Pasta Bake – Italian Style

Inspired by the stay at home Dad blogger, Man vs. Pink‘s post on the pasta bake, or timpano, from the movie Big Night (with Stanley Tucci, I love him) I started looking for similar recipes, in one of those lazy Sunday morning browses through some of my lovely cookbooks. Giorgio Locatelli’s Timbalo di Riso con Pasta looks amazing – pasta bake with rice, pasta, meatballs, hardboiled eggs and tomato sauce – and so does his recipe for Baked pasta with aubergine. So, keeping in mind the busy week ahead, I’m thinking of making a pasta bake today. Some ideas so far:

  • Aubergine, peppers and courgette with tomato sauce and Parmesan breadcrumb crust
  • Cauliflower, blue cheese and walnut, with a lovely white sauce, and maybe some spinach
  • Roasted butternut squash and sage butter and goat’s cheese
  • Cabbage, potatoes and lots of cheese sauce, with wholewheat pasta, a nod to Northern Italian traditions

I’ll keep you posted about what I make!


Ciao! Come state? I’ve been away for a while

A lot has happened between today’s post and the last, including, but not limited to, moving home and changing jobs. So, this is where I pick back up from my last post and dive right into some tasty recommendations

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Tortellini in Brodo – Dinner Express

On a quest, so I am, to eat all teh tortellini I can find in the supermarketz.

This week, I’ve tried the Emma Girodani Spinich and Ricotta Tortellini from Tesco and they’re a decent dinner in a flash. I still prefer the Aldi ones, though.

For whatever reason, I had cooked the whole packet and only eaten half (awesome work lunch, btw). A clingfilmed bowlful was waiting for someone to give it a new lease of life so I heated them up nice in some hot stock/broth (a.k.a. brodo) and I had a tasty dinner in minutes, with minimal washing up. Wining at being a responsible adult.

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Fresh Pasta – Dinner Express

This has been a busy week. One of my fave dinners to make in a hurry is fresh tortellini or ravioli. Easy as you like. Pick up a packet from the supermarket on the way home from the office. Put on a pot of water and cook for about 2 or 3 minutes. Just add some peppery extra virgin olive oil or melted butter to serve and there you have it – pasta satisfaction in minutes.

A surprising treat this week in the form of Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli from Aldi. Ticks all the boxes: savoury, pillowy, didn’t fall apart and gave sustenance to an otherwise wrecked 9-5er. Will defo buy them again.