Classic basil pesto
When it comes to making pesto, you canít go wrong with a pestle and mortar. You could make it in a food processor, but you just wonít get the same flavours as when youíre pounding and crushing all that lovely basil by hand.
Classic tomato spaghetti
Whatís great about this recipe for beginner cooks is that once youíve done it a few times you can add other simple ingredients to your basic tomato sauce to completely transform it.
This is one of the all-time classics from Genoa in Italy. You can use shop-bought pesto if youíre pushed for time, but itís really worth using the pesto recipe on the site
Butternut squash and sweet leek lasagne
Butternut squash and leeks make a lovely veggie filling for lasagne, and to be honest, this one is so delicious meat eaters will love it too.
The secret to a meaty lasagne lies in the Bolognese sauce Ė get that right and you'll be laughing. This dish is a bit of a treat, so don't eat it too often and make sure you serve it with a lovely big green salad.
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