Over the years we've been helped, supported and hugely inspired by chefs and food writers and their boundless passion for creating delicious Italian food. We're delighted to share some of their favourite recipes with you here.
Orla Broderick lives in Dublin with her young family and has recently worked on the Cookery programme Masterchef Ireland. This "sandwich" is picnic-perfect and barbeque-brilliant!
Char-Grilled Mediterranean Sandwich
This recipe from the Cookery Editor of woman&home magazine is delicious and takes no time at all to make. Do check out their gorgeous quarterly food glossy woman&home Feel Good Food which Jane also edits with Sue James - it’s full of lovely recipes like this Artichoke Tart.
Matthew Fort is one of Britain’s leading food writers and is witty, knowledgeable, passionate and discerning. He also appears regularly on television, most recently on Great British Menu. He loves Italian food and these two recipes are from Sicily.
Grilled Mackerel with Warm Potato Salad
Silvana Franco is an inspirational and innovative food writer, stylist and TV presenter with a lot to say about food. And we are sure this recipe will get everybody talking.
Chorizo, white bean and pesto soup
Catherine Fulvio grew up on a farm in Ireland and married an Italian and now runs Ballyknocken Cookery School in Co. Wicklow (well worth a visit) as well as being a TV chef & food writer. Look out for her brand new book too, "Catherine’s Family Kitchen".
Pesto Aubergine Bake with Creamy Saffron Sauce
We’re lucky enough to have known Henrietta Green since the start of the UK business back in 1991, and she’s been a great friend ever since. We so admire her tireless enthusiasm and campaigning for the very best of great British food - and we love this recipe for a simple pasta dressing, made from ingredients found in most respectable food lovers' kitchens. If they’re not in yours, check out the website pronto!
Simple Pasta Dressing
What Valentina Harris doesn’t know about Italian food isn’t worth knowing! She teaches, runs events, consults, writes, broadcasts and runs cookery holidays. And she’s written more than 20 books. Wow!
Lasagne with Pesto and Potatoes
Helena Lang loves rustling up tasty meals for her family and friends, and this recipe is one of her favourites. She has many years experience on top womens’ glossy magazines and now, as Editor of Sainsbury’s Magazine, she crafts each monthly edition to appeal to busy working women who love to cook.
Pesto Chicken Tagliatelle
Mitzie’s new book "Mince!" has just won the world Gourmand single subject cookbook award for the UK, and this delicious recipe for Chicken Pesto Lasagne is taken straight from it. It contains over 100 fabulous, frugal and very very tasty dishes.
Chicken and Pesto Lasagne
Phil Vickery does English cooking brilliantly and his puddings are perfectly supreme - a combination which places him as one of Britain's favourite chefs. We spent some fun days with him in Italy recently, where he fell in love with this traditional recipe for rabbit in olive oil.
Olive Oil Poached Rabbit
Lorna Wing is described as "the peerless expert on food and entertaining" and we’re thrilled she has shared this recipe with us.
Aubergine Pesto, Black Olive and Basil Dip
Antony Worrall Thompson is something of a legend - a prolific writer and broadcaster, a fantastic restaurateur and a businessman. Did you know that he loves Middle White pigs and has an avocado farm in Spain?
Italian Lamb Feast
We got to know Will through launching our pasta sauces with Lawrence Dallaglio. This is a great recipe, whether served with pasta for the sporty people amongst us, or a delicious fresh salad. Read more about Will’s rugby prowess at www.willgreenwood.co.uk
Grilled Chicken Spiedini by Will Greenwood
You’ll find plenty of Dhruv’s recipes on our website, but here’s his own favourite for Lamb Ragu. We’re sure you will agree it’s a Maestro recipe from the Master Chef!
Italian Lamb Ragu with Trofie Pasta
Amanda is a complete Italophile! This delicious soup recipe of hers will nourish the soul and bring out the Italian in you.
Borlotti Bean and Pancetta Soup
Bruce is the Food & Beverage Director Harrods - what a job! He still had time to share this recipe for his favourite supper party starter with us.
Pears grilled with Pecorino Cheese
Theo gained his first Michelin Star at the renowned River Café and he continues to specialise in Italian cuisine at his restaurant www.theorandall.com . Here’s his deliciously simple recipe for Orecchiette Pasta.
Orecchiette con Melanzane e Pomodoro
We urge you to visit Valentine’s website www.valanetinewarner.com for some fun, seasonal and English inspiration. Stay with us though for Val’s delicious Beef fillet with an Italian twist.
Raw dressed Beef Fillet with Green Olives & Walnuts
We all love Strictly Come Dancing here at Sacla’ and there’ll be no booing at this Fab-u-LOUS recipe for Venison with a Pink Peppercorn Sauce, Cavalo Nero and Dauphinoise Potatoes. You can read more about Craig on his new website www.gavinbarkerassociates.co.uk
Venison with a Pink Peppercorn Sauce, Cavalo Nero and Dauphinoise Potatoes
Mark is SO well known and respected for his love of English food and ingredients and it’s great to see that he’s a fan of some of our Italian favourites too! Here’s his recipe for Caponata and you can find more at www.restaurantsetcltd.co.uk
Caponata with Mozzarella
Moni , a long-standing friend of the Sacla’ family, founded and runs Veetee. Here he shares his Italian recipe for Arancini (gorgeous risotto balls) - made with Veetee Dine-In Thai Jasmine Rice. What a fusion this recipe is!
Arancini di Riso - Sicilian rice balls (Using Veetee Dine in Thai Jasmine Rice)
We were proud and honoured to present the Sacla’ Lifetime Achievement Award to Lulu at The Woman of the Year lunch in 2011. We persuaded her then to share her favourite Ragu recipe, which is always to be found on the menu at Trullo, the London restaurant owned and run by her son.
Trullo Beef Shin Ragu
We knew we could rely on Lucas for something a bit unusual and this recipe for Pesto and Farro salad ticks all the boxes. His first book “Good Things to Eat” is full of similar ideas and of course you can get weekly inspiration in The Sunday Times.
Pea, Pesto, Farro and Lemon Salad
Anna del Conte is the doyenne of Italian food here in the UK and we have been blessed with her friendship and support since we started. She is a prolific writer and author of many books and we are delighted that she found time to share this marvellous minestrone recipe with us.
Minestrone alla Genovese
Antony Worrall Thompson is something of a legend - a prolific writer and broadcaster, a fantastic restaurateur and a businessman. Did you know that he loves Middle White pigs and has an avocado farm in Spain? No wonder his recipe for Grilled Shellfish Gazpacho is so good.
Grilled Shellfish Gazpacho
Phil is one of Britain’s favourite chefs and has written numerous books including a fair few on puddings - you can find all the detail at www.vickery.tv. Here’s his recipe for Pesto stuffed vine leaves, where Italian and Greek food come together.
Tasty Tomato Pesto Stuffed Vine Leaves
Our thanks to Helena, the Editor of Sainsbury’s Magazine, for this super simple starter. Do look for her previous recipe Pesto Chicken Tagliatelle.
Pesto Wrapped Prawns
Francesco Mazzei opened L’Anima in London in 2008. His life before then is fascinating and can be found here: www.lanima.co.uk/people. We all love L’Anima here at Sacla`, and are all big fans of this delicious recipe with Chicken N’Duja - a soft spicy salami from Calabria, Francesco’s home.
Spicy chicken Calabrese