Yotam has included a lot of pasta recipes in Ottolenghi Simple and they are all very tasty and very simple. They’re also not quite pasta in the traditional Italian sense, they’ve definitely been Ottolenghi-fied. This pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers seems to take inspiration from the robust classic pasta alla puttanesca (or slut’s spaghetti if you’re Nigella). This Ottolenghi take on the classic adds rose harissa and removes the anchovies, making it an incidentally vegan recipe.
If it isn’t clear from the photos, these Tahini and halva brownies have the crisp topping and by jove, the underneath hits that sweet spot between fudgey and cakey. Hallelu. They are undeniably rich but the nutty sesame balances the brownie, making them more moreish than most brownies. Without restraint, these hollows legs of mine would be full of halva brownies in no time.
So chraimeh a river…
So to quote Yotam, ‘Chraimeh is a piquant sauce from Libya. It keeps well in the fridge for at least a week so make double or triple the quantities, It also works as a sauce for chicken or fish or just as a dip with bread before supper’. In practice, it’s a chilli sauce with a bit of musty cumin and caraway and the sourness of lime.
A pasta alla norma can be wonderful thing. A simple tomato sauce with some well cooked aubergine. What’s not to like? Traditional recipes can be a faff, calling for rinsing, salting and/or frying the aubergine. Felicity Cloake’s recipe actually calls for baking half and frying half the aubergine. No, just no.
Pasta really does make such a simple mid-week dinner. It’s hearty and carby and the leftovers travel well – what more do you need? True to it’s name, Ottolenghi Simple is filled with interesting and achievable mid-week pasta recipes. One such recipe, is the gigli with chickpeas and za’atar. People […]