Bringing a taste of Italy to your home, we're bringing your summer holidays to you this season. Tuck into these delicious Italian inspired dishes at home this summer.












WhatWillyCook's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Another delicious dish that'll take your taste buds right to the heart of Italy, check out WhatWillyCook's Spaghetti alla Puttanesca. 

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Ingredients

  • Fresh Tagliatelle
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Handful plum tomatoes
  • Handful of green and black olives
  • 4-5 anchovies
  • 1 tsp capers
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley and some to garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan to serve

Method

  1. Dice your garlic finely and add it to olive oil in a pan on a low heat to infuse.
  2. Add chilli flakes and stir.
  3. Chop tomatoes in half lengthways and add to your pan. Cook for a while and if the garlic looks like its browning at all add a splash of water to prevent burning.
  4. Chop olives coarsely and get them into the pan as well, then add capers and chopped up anchovies.
  5. Mix together and let cook for a couple of minutes on a low heat.
  6. Put fresh pasta into salty, boiling water for a couple of minutes.
  7. Add black pepper and mix through your pasta.
  8. Chop a handful of your parsley and add this to the pasta mix.
  9. Top with parmesan and a little parsley and enjoy.

Thom's Prosciutto, Artichoke and Gorgonzola Pizza

Tuck into this delicious pizza recipe from Thom Bateman of @bboxfood, complete with 72-hour proved dough for a real Italian-inspired treat. 

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Pizza Dough Ingredients (makes 5 Pizza bases)

  • 800g Double Zero Flour (more for dusting, shaping)
  • 500ml room temp water
  • 5g dried active yeast
  • 10g sea salt

Pizza Sauce Ingredients (enough for 5 pizzas)

  • 1 Tin of peeled plum tomatoes
  • 1 handful of fresh basil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Toppings

  • Prosciutto (2 slices per pizza)
  • Gorgonzola (5 tsp per pizza)
  • Marinated Artichokes (4 per pieces per pizza)
  • Pizza Mozzarella cut into a small diced pieces (approx. 30g/40g per pizza)
  • Fresh Basil leaves (4 per pizza)

Method

  1. Start by making the dough this does take a couple of days to prove in the fridge so make it well ahead of time you can do a shorter prove but it’s worth the wait.
  2. Add the yeast to the water and stir with your fingertips this keeps the water temp ambient rather than using a cold metal spoon for example.
  3. Mix well and leave to sit for 20 mins
  4. Then add the flour and salt to the mix, bring this into a dough with your hands then knead for 15-20 mins until you have a smooth and slightly sticking dough.
  5. Put the dough ball in a bowl where it has plenty of room to grow and cover with cling film so airtight then leave in the fridge for at least 48 hours, 72 is better.
  6. When the dough has had this time to prove remove from the fridge then on a floured surface tip the dough out divide into 5 equal parts (approx. 220g) then roll into a ball shape dust with flour and cover with cling film or a towel for a further hour then its ready to use.
  7. In the meantime make the pizza sauce by adding the ingredients to blender blitz well then add to a saucepan reduce by ¼ over a medium should take around 20 mins then allow to cool.
  8. At this point it’s important to get your toppings prepared so they are easily accessible to build the pizza.
  9. Also this is the point you need to get your pizza oven lit so it’s up to temp ready to use minimum 300c 
  10. If you don’t have a pizza oven ideally you will have a pizza stone this needs to be in the oven with the oven cranked up as hot as it will go and leave it for at least 45 mins to get raging hot. The key with great pizza is an intense burst of heat.
  11. To shape the dough on a floured surface press your fingertips into the centre of the ball and push the edges out to maintain some air in the crust for a good rise then as confidently as you can stretch and pull the dough to form your pizza shape.
  12. Add a thin layer of sauce (if you over do it the pizza won’t cook as quickly as it should) then add your toppings spreading evenly, again don’t over do it otherwise you will struggle to get that even, fast cook.
  13. A good tip for pizza not sticking in a conventional oven is to use some semolina as barrier between your dough and pizza stone so when shaping the dough dust with a little of this.
  14. All that’s left is to slide the pizza into your pizza oven or onto the stone and watch it come to life. In a conventional oven it may take 10-15 mins depending on your oven, in a pizza oven approx. 2 mins with regular turning.

Classic Pizza, with a sweet treat for afters

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Ingredients

  • 300g strong bread flour
  • 1 sachet of fast acting yeast 
  • 200ml warm water 
  • Passata tomato sauce
  • Mozzarella 
  • Salami
  • Chocolate spread
  • Peanut butter 
  • 150ml Double cream 
  • 150g fresh strawberries
  1. Place the flour and yeast into a bowl and mix together, create a well in the middle of the mix and pour in the water. Using a wooden spoon or other kitchen utensil, combine the mixture until you have a rough looking dough ball.
  2. Take the dough ball and place on a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes.
  3. Break the now kneaded dough ball into three equal smaller balls and again on a floured surface roll out into a flat base. If you feel confident then try and throw the based and stretch out the middles.
  4. Take a ladle of passata sauce and using the back of the ladle, spread around TWO of the bases leaving around a cm from the edge. 
  5. On top of the passata sprinkle mozzarella, be as sparse or thick as you like. Take some salami slices and evenly spread around the pizza.
  6. Put the pizzas on a pizza tray or baking tray and place in a pre-heated oven set to 220 degrees fan assisted (240 standard) for 10-12 minutes or until you see the cheese browning as well as the edges of the base.
  7. With the last pizza base, place in the oven at the same heat for 7 minutes. Once it’s lightly crisped remove it from the oven.
  8. Take a tablespoon of chocolate spread and a tablespoon of peanut butter and on the hot base spread and mix together. Both will melt and mix easily. 
  9. Slice the strawberries and evenly spread around the pizza.
  10. Cut the pizza into as many slices as desired and then whip the double cream until thick and spoon a dollop onto each slice and serve.