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Espresso and Walnut Cake   
This cake is based on the classic pound cake recipe with equal quantities of flour, butter and sugar. If you have an espresso machine, use that to make the coffee to use in this recipe or buy a ready-made espresso and take it home from the coffee shop. 


Caramelised Bananas with Cointreau   
It's not exactly a healthy dessert but you can soothe yourself a little, given that it contains a fruit along with the alcohol.

Millionaire's Shortbread   
Called Millionaire's Shortbread because it is so rich and decadent, this chocolate caramel shortbread is a bestseller in every café you visit. If you make it at home, beware: you will eat the lot and be sorry (but since when has that been a good reason for abstaining!).



Pork with Tenderstem Broccoli   
An easy healthy stir-fry. Tenderstem broccoli cooks very quickly so it is ideal for Chinese high-heat cooking. Leave the stems long if you are using a fork to eat this dish, or cut them into pieces if you are using chopsticks.


Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara
If you want to try the authentic, real spaghetti carbonara, this is the recipe to use. Even better, it's a dinner you can make for just one person.

Fettuccine with Tomato and Basil
Classic Italian, you can cook this dish in under 20 minutes.

Fresh Egg Pasta   
Making your own pasta is one of the most pleasant experiences you will have in your life. It has its own rhythm and there is nothing more comforting than taking four simple staples of flour, eggs, olive and salt and turning them into something you would usually buy.

Gnocchi with Spinach and Ricotta   
There are so many classic dishes that begin with simple ingredients, in this case potatoes, eggs and flour. Gnocchi is Italy's version of the dumpling: eat it on its own tossed with olive oil or melted butter and Parmesan or Pecorino, drop them into soup or eat with our Grand Prix sauce of tomato and Parma Ham.

Ham and Cheese Cannelloni   
You usually need two tubes of cannelloni for each person. This recipe is so delicious you may have to double the quantity. Creamy white sauce, spinach, parmesan and ricotta cheese and just a hint of nutmeg go to make a dish that can be a light lunch or a comforting dinner.

Pasta with broccoli, chilli and garlic   
'Pasta con i broccoli' is a simple dish which can be adapted to make lots of different dishes.

Pasta with Chicken and Basil   
Lemon-marinated chicken breast is cooked with olives, garlic, chicken stock and basil, then tossed with cooked pasta and served with freshly grated parmesan. Absolutely delicious.

Ravioli with Ricotta   
You need time and space to make ravioli, but everyone should try it once.

Penne with Anchovy and Pachino Tomatoes   
You'll find tins of little pachino tomatoes in any good Italian delicatessen. They take little or no cooking and when you cook them with anchovies, you have a meal in minutes.

Penne All'Arrabbiata    

Panna cotta with raspberry coulis   
Most people are nervous about using gelatine but it really is the easiest thing. Panna cotta has to be one of the most delicious desserts in the world – being able to make it at home means you can make a restaurant-quality dessert that has the wow factor and costs very little. It can be made a day or two in advance.

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Chilli and Truffle Oil   
Simple but spectacular, a dish that you can rustle up with little effort. All you need is the best ingredients.

Spaghetti with oil and garlic   
A simple but truly authentic Italian dish that is quick to cook when you come home in the evening.

Tagliatelle with Spinach and Anchovy Sauce   
A quick pasta dish with readily available ingredients – a bag of washed spinach, a tin of anchovies and a clove of garlic. Don't be fooled, the ingredients may come from a convenience store but the end result is a classic.

Spaghetti bolognese  
Learn how to cook spaghetti bolognese and you will never go hungry. The sauce is even better when it's cooked the day before. All you have to do to feed the family is cook the spaghetti, and reheat the sauce. Chopped basil sprinkled on top is a great addition.

Traditional Irish recipes 

Visiting from outside Ireland? Read our Irish Recipes here in our Irish food section.

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