Pecorino is a ewes' milk cheese which is made all over Italy – but the best and most useful in the kitchen is Pecorino Romano, as this is aged and hardened especially for grating.
It is similar to Parmesan but sharper, with much more bite, and this gives a lively kick to many Italian dishes, particularly pasta with carbonara sauce or the lovely four-cheese sauce.
With plenty of kick, this storecupboard supper pasta recipe will definitely wake up your senses. An excellent dish for veggies…
A summer pasta dish if ever there was one, this recipe combines peas and beans with a rich cream sauce. If you've got vegetarians to feed, this is perfect…
This stylish, simple and very Italian starter was first enjoyed by Delia at Le Caprice in London. San Daniele is the king of Italian ham - seek it out at an Italian deli or buy online; if you can't find it, use Parma ham instead.
Soup may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you're deciding what to do with a glut of summer courgettes, but they do produce the lightest soup imaginable - and the watercress pesto adds the final flourish.
Serve the pasta on really hot deep plates with some extra grated Pecorino Romano