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Our chefs’ favourite pasta sauces

What do some of the UK’s most accomplished chefs like to dress their pasta with? We asked seven of them to find out.

Thomasina Miers’ simple recipe for fish biryani

The anticipation of Christmas Eve, especially if you have children, is one of my favourite things about this time of year. But it can be exhausting getting to this point, with so much still to prepare. Ideally, you’ll have something sustaining to pull out of the oven when the children are tucked up …

Christmas Eve

You'll Never Make Steak Another Way After Trying This French Technique

[1]<p>Steak With Anchovy Dressing (Entrecote à l'Anchoïade)<p>From Provence to Pondicherry [2] by Tessa Kiros<p>Notes<p>Anchoïade is a wonderful thing: intense and lovely, so add as much as you want to the top of the steaks. You will have more than enough sauce here for a couple of steaks, so keep any left …

Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese - Antonio Carluccio

This is by far the best-known Bolognese recipe which, to be genuine, has to be made with fresh tagliatelle and not spaghetti.<p>To make the ragu, heat …

‘Food writing was, as it has always been for the Observer, a celebration’

Recognising the stirrings of a postwar food culture, the paper launched a column in 1952 which would go on to be penned by the likes of Len Deighton, Jane Grigson and, of course, Nigel Slater • Click here for more on the Observer at 225<p>For a newspaper to cover food these days is regarded as a …

Cooking

How to cook the perfect beef stroganoff

Named after, if perhaps not created for the 19th-century Russian celebrity count, stroganoff rolls off the tongue as richly as the dish itself. First mentioned in print in 1871, the notion of sautéed beef in a piquant, creamy sauce is much older – but the aristocratic Stroganov seems an appropriate …

Onions

The weekend cook: the wonder of lemon – Thomasina Miers’ recipes

I have a real thing for autumn’s apples and pears, though when I’m cooking with them, I need regular fresh inspiration. Happily, almost as soon as these have lost their novelty, the citrus fruits come into their own. Lemons and limes are especially useful in cooking, adding a bright, vibrant zing …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Lemony hasselback potatoes

SERVES<p>8<p>INGREDIENTS<p>8 medium roasting potatoes, washed and skins left on<br>• 1 lemon<br>• 8 cloves garlic, skins left on but squashed<br>• 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked<br>• Plenty of good olive oil<br>• Maldon sea salt and black pepper<p>METHOD<p>Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/425F/Gas 7.<p>Place a potato on a chopping board …

Stephen Harris: Thai-style mussels with lemongrass

Serves four as a starter and two as a main<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1kg live mussels<br>• Oil, for frying<br>• 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped<br>• 1 knob of root ginger, peeled and finely chopped<br>• 1 red chilli, finely chopped and deseeded<br>• 1 stick of fresh lemongrass, finely chopped<br>• 3 spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped (keep …

Onions

Fig

This beautiful bird makes a nice change for Sunday lunch, it's complemented by the sweetness of figs and a nutty sauce...<p>Give your pizza a gourmet …

Spatchcock piri-piri chicken

Butterfly a whole chicken by removing the backbone to keep it juicy during grilling, and flavour with a chilli pepper marinade<p>Ingredients<p>1 chicken …

Spiced chicken rolls with sweet-sour cucumber

The good thing here is that the chicken doesn’t have to have come straight out of the frying pan, so there’s no last-minute cooking. It can be cooked and kept warm in a low oven, or just served slightly warmer than room temperature. I like to use cheap and ordinary soft rolls (easier to hold), but …

Spices

Ken Hom's Chicken fried rice recipe

The best chicken fried rice I have ever had was from a street food stall in China. Instead of tough, over-cooked chicken, with the fried rice as an afterthought, the dish was cooked fresh from scratch. The cooking time was literally minutes and the result was delicious. I have created a version …

Onions

James Martin's brioche dough

Enriched doughs are actually really simple to make. My top tip for brioche dough is to use fresh yeast instead of dried. It’s also important to add the softened butter slowly so that you end up with a smooth, but quite sticky, dough. This will stop the baked brioche being …

Dessert

Norman Musa's kari laksa udang (prawn curry laksa) recipe

I have taught this dish many times at my cookery classes and it has never failed to impress my students and become an instant hit. The blend of coconut milk and spices and the heat from the dried chillies makes the dish creamy and aromatically spicy.<p><b>(Serves 2-3)</b><p><b>150g vermicelli noodles<br>½ teaspoon</b> …

Penguin Random House

Asian Beef Short Ribs

Step 1<p>Add Garlic And Ginger<p>Peel and crush the garlic and grate the ginger into a large saucepan with a lid.<p>Step 2<p>Slice Chilli<p>Slice the chilli and add …

A ragu alla bolognese recipe to provoke debate

I once sat and listened to the most heated debate about <i>ragù alla bolognese</i>. My Italian was still basic, and a lot of wine had been drunk, so I wasn’t able to keep up with the detail being bounced back and forth across the table between the two main debaters, both from different sides of Bologna, …

Italian Food

Hawksmoor's classic burger

Great-quality beef - and a little bone marrow, if you can get it - will make a delicious burger unlike anything you've tried before<p>The secret to a great burger is good-quality, flavoursome, well-aged beef, with a meat-fat ratio of about 80:20. Ask your butcher to coarsely mince the cuts of your …

Countdown to a perfect festive lunch

Timing is all if you are after a succulent turkey. Here is my minute-by-minute guide for a hassle-free Christmas feast to remember<p>The season of peace, goodwill and monster-sized turkeys is upon us. Getting the turkey right is the one task all cooks dread. In fact, it is all down to timing. …

Beef red curry

SERVES<p>2<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the red curry sauce</b><p>½ red onion, peeled and roughly chopped<br>• ½ red pepper, halved, deseeded, roughly chopped<br>• ½ x 400g tin coconut milk<br>• 1 clove garlic, finely chopped<br>• 1 medium-sized, medium-hot chilli<br>• 2cm cube fresh ginger<br>• 6 cherry tomatoes, halved<br>• Leaves from a small bunch of …

Spices

The 20 best British recipes: part 2

Madhur Jaffrey’s chicken tikka masala<p>Probably created in Britain, chicken tikka masala – or CTM as it is often called – is easily the most popular Indian curry in the UK today. And yet nobody is quite clear about its origins. It is possible that a chef in Birmingham, with too many tandoor-roasted …

Northern Ireland

Curried pulled lamb

This meltingly tender shoulder of lamb can be cooked in stages over a few days - serve as the centrepiece for an Indian feast for …

Rick Stein's seafood linguine recipe

An easy seafood linguine packed with prawns, squid and mussels<p>INGREDIENTS<p>60ml olive oil<br>• 10g/2 cloves garlic, crushed, no need to peel<br>• 12 medium raw prawns, peeled, shells and heads reserved<br>• 2 tbsp tomato paste<br>• 300ml water<br>• 350g linguine<br>• Salt<br>• 60g squid rings and tentacles<br>• 16 mussels, in the shell, scrubbed<br>• ¼ …

Italian Food

Perfect scrambled eggs recipe

Learn how to make perfect scrambled eggs with this easy recipe. A quick breakfast packed with protein, courtesy of Bill Granger.<p>Ingredients<p>2 large …

Spanish roast fish with broad beans & chorizo

Bake whole sea bass with white wine, lemon and chorizo to make a delicious sauce that soaks into the tender new potatoes<p>Ingredients<p>10-15 baby new …

The oil guide: which to use for frying, drizzling and roasting

Thought you knew which oil to drizzle over your salad and which to roast your potatoes with? Think again.<p>Scientists have discovered that heating up vegetable oils leads to the release of high concentrations of chemicals called aldehydes, <b>which have been linked to illnesses including cancer, heart</b> …

Extracted

Nigel Slater’s pasta with dill and bacon

The recipe<p>Into a blender or food processor, put 25g of fresh dill and 125g of grated parmesan. Blitz to coarse crumbs, then tip into a saucepan. Pour in 250g of double cream and bring gently to the boil, stirring until the parmesan has melted. Just as the cream starts to boil, remove from the heat, …

FoodRecipes

The best chicken stir-fry<p>Preparation time<p>less than 30 mins<p>Cooking time<p>10 to 30 mins<p>Serves<p>Serves 2<p>Chicken stir fry is very quick and easy to make, with plenty of flavour and healthy vegetables.<p>This meal provides 674 kcal, 53g protein, 60g carbohydrate (of which 14g sugars), 23g fat (of which 4.5g …

Mushrooms

How to eat like a Londoner: the best rustic French bistros in town – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 12:30 pm, July 22, 2014 in Food & Drink<p><b>NORTH</b><p><b>L’ABSINTHE</b><br>In a placid part of Primrose Hill, L’Absinthe reproduces the feel of a classic French …