Tuscan bean soup

This Tuscan bean soup is hearty, healthy, packed with veggies, and makes a great batch cook option for busy weeks when time is at a premium. This soup is delicious served with a dollop of fresh pesto, and / or a few slices of toasted days-old sourdough. Like many stock-based dishes, its flavour will deepen…

Garlic & basil pesto

This pesto is delicious, featuring tangy garlic, fragrant fresh basil, and a zingy hit of lemon. Best of all, it is super easy to whip up – it only requires three steps to make! Enjoy this with pasta, as an accompaniment for Minestrone or Tuscan bean soup, or simply spread on a slice of sourdough…

Pizza margherita: Jamie Oliver recipe

This pizza dough recipe from Jamie Oliver is the best we’ve ever tried in The Salford Kitchen. Over the years we’ve dabbled with many other recipes, but this one has remained our firm favourite. This recipe produces a base with a lovely texture, and most importantly it tastes delicious too. We have come to the…

Pizza margherita: Masterchef Australia season 2 recipe

Happy New Year! On New Year’s Eve, Mr Salford Kitchen and I made homemade pizza. We make pizza from scratch fairly regularly and have tried out various recipes and methods from different chefs. This time we decided to test out a pizza dough recipe that was featured in a masterclass in Season 2 of Masterchef…

Tomato and basil sauce

Rich and flavoursome, this tomato sauce is our go-to for many dishes: pizza sauce, ratatouille, to accompany gnocchi and, of course, it can be simply enjoyed with pasta. Try to get hold of San Marzano tomatoes if you can, they have a lovely soft texture and mild acidity. Otherwise use good quality tinned plum tomatoes….

Spinach and ricotta ravioli

In all honesty, I make pasta from scratch maybe once a year (if that). It’s hardwired in my brain that pasta is the ultimate mid-week quick fix for dinner, so the thought of standing around for hours making the dough, refrigerating it, crafting the fillings, rolling out and cutting the pasta, drying the strands (if…

Spaghetti aglio e olio

This super simple spaghetti recipe with garlic, chilli, lemon, parsley and olive oil is another way to showcase fresh parsley. Using only a handful of ingredients, it is a great way to put dinner on the table in less than half an hour. Ingredients Serves two 180g – 200g spaghetti (90g – 100g per person…