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This wonderful, oven-baked risotto is a treat for vegetarians and slimmers alike: Delia has unearthed an ingredient that adds creaminess without calories. Bet you can't guess what it is!
Focaccia is an Italian flat bread made with olive oil. The flavour of the oil is important, so it's advisable to use a good, strong, fruity virgin olive oil for this.
Little Italian dumplings made from potato, flour and egg are a great vehicle for carrying other flavours. Here, Delia has used spinach and cheese for a vegetarian version, but you can try other variations too.
Not East meets West this time, but Italy meets Britain. Take a classic Italian sauce, add it to some mash (without the bangers) and what you have is a wonderful accompaniment to fish.
Ricotta and Gorgonzola make the perfect combination for this dish but, if you can't find ricotta, cottage cheese will make an excellent alternative. This is quick, simple and delicious.
In this recipe the pasta, along with the other ingredients – aubergines, tomatoes, Mozzarella amongst other things – are finished off for a few minutes in the oven.
If you want a light meal in a hurry, then this will take you barely fifteen minutes from start to finish. If you're extra hungry, I suggest you use 2 oz (50 g) of pasta.
To make this sauce, you need the other half of the Mixed Double recipe, Cheese and Herb-crusted Cottage Pie (see related recipe below), which will provide you with just the right quantity of cooked minced beef.
I like this made with penne, but wholewheat macaroni makes a good alternative. Courgettes can be replaced with leeks, broad beans or broccoli sprigs and, for a vegetarian, in addition to these the bacon can be replaced by mushrooms.
A moveable feast, you can use a variety of vegetables here - in summer, courgettes are good, or onions. Leave out the bacon for a vegetarian version...
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