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Rotolo of ricotta and spinach

Rotolo of ricotta and spinach

This is an attractive recipe to serve as a main dish, and it is equally good served as a first course, when it will provide 8 portions. Serve a fresh, crisp green salad as an accompaniment, taking advantage of the wide range of leaves and green vegetables that can be eaten raw.

Lentils with macaroni

Lentils with macaroni

For Egypt's vegetarians this highly spiced dish is a protein staple. On their own, lentils do not contain a lot of protein, but combined with the wheat in the pasta, they make a good protein dish that is low in fat.

Linguine with pan-fried salmon

Linguine with pan-fried salmon

All the ingredients for this dish are quickly assembled and cooked, and the result is truly delicious as well as visually impressive. This is definitely a dish to convince anyone who has doubts about the tastiness of well–balanced eating. With bread and salad, it makes a hearty meal.

Lumache with cucumber salsa

Lumache with cucumber salsa

Here little snail–shaped pasta, called lumache, trap a herby yogurt and tomato dressing so that each one is full of flavour. A refreshing vegetable and fruit salsa brings extra nutritional value as well as exciting taste and texture contrast. Offer warm bread to mop up all the juices.

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Macaroni and mushroom cheese

Macaroni and mushroom cheese

Introduce vegetables to old favourites for healthy family meals. This well–loved pasta dish is delicious with mushrooms, peas and capsicums added. Using a small amount of powerful Roquefort cheese ensures that the sauce is creamy and full flavoured, but not too high in fat.

Mushroom ravioli in herb jus

Mushroom ravioli in herb jus

Bought stuffed pasta just do not taste anything like silken–textured homemade pasta with a freshly prepared savoury filling. This is not a convenience meal – making pasta does take time – but the result is a marvellous dish, to savour and enjoy on the weekend.

One-pot steak and pasta casserole

One-pot steak and pasta casserole

Slim pasta spirals called fusilli are delicious cooked in a casserole of beef and vegetables. The dried, uncooked pasta is added towards the end of the cooking time so that it retains its al dente texture while still absorbing the flavours of the meat, vegetables and oregano in the rich stew.

Pasta frittata

Pasta frittata

Pasta is a convenient and delicious alternative to potato in omelettes, especially if you have some left over from a previous meal. This version, flavoured with ham and packed with vegetables, is complemented by a zucchini and tomato salad. It makes a simple but satisfying lunch.

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Pasta with fresh sage, rocket and fetta

Pasta with fresh sage, rocket and fetta

This quick main dish can be served hot or cool. The pasta is topped with fetta, which has a fresh, salty flavour that goes well with the pancetta (Italian bacon), chickpeas and tomato in the sauce. For best results, use a tubular or thick pasta shape that will complement the chunky sauce.

Fish and fennel soup

Fish and fennel soup

This colourful soup is light yet satisfying. Chunky cubes of white fish, prawns and small pasta shells combine with the full flavours of fennel and leek to make a delicious first course. Serve with warm crusty bread, or chunky slices off a hearty mixed–grain loaf or poppyseed bread plait.

Gnocchi with sage and cinnamon

Gnocchi with sage and cinnamon

An Italian classic, traditional semolina gnocchi is served with generous amounts of cheese and butter. This healthier but equally delicious version is made with just a little butter, cheese and oil and flavoured with cinnamon and sage. Served with spinach and peas, it makes a great meal.

Herb-infused eggplant lasagne

Herb-infused eggplant lasagne

Eggplants make delicious lasagne, but traditional methods usually involve slicing and frying them in copious quantities of oil. Here, they are cubed and simmered with flavouring ingredients to make a rich, zesty sauce.

Hot conchiglie

Hot conchiglie

Grilling green capsicums gives them a slightly smoky taste and makes it easy to slip off their skins. They give a great flavour and vitamin boost to the diced tomato and kalamata olive dressing in this speedy dish. Serve it for a light lunch or supper, with a simple green salad accompaniment.

Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

Leek and macaroni loaf with fresh tomato sauce

This is the perfect choice when you fancy a change from meat, and it will appeal to the whole family. For a well–balanced meal, start with a root vegetable soup, and serve the loaf with a mixed salad and crusty bread.

Turkey sausage and bean hotpot

Turkey sausage and bean hotpot

Healthy eating doesn't mean giving up favourite family meals. Here, lean turkey sausages replace the more traditional pork in a hearty hotpot, with a spicy bean sauce and a covering of thinly sliced root vegetables: potato, carrot and parsnip.

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