Sunday, March 20, 2011

Forever Nigella: Ciao Italia

Nigella's shows are extremely fun to watch. And up until today, I didn't know how extremely fun it would be to make her recipes..

I'm taking part in Maison Cupcake's Monthy Blog Challenge called "Forever Nigella". The theme for this month was "Ciao Italia" - to make anything Italianish from Nigella's recipes.

I found this love one called "Italian Chicken and Pasta" at and decided to use that. Partly because apparently the it had all the colours of the Italian flag. And since, Italy's 150th birthday was a few days ago, why not celebrate one's patriotism. (No I'm not Italian no matter how much I'd like to be). It also reminded me of a triple layer sandwich that we make at home.. which reminds me of the Italian flag.

I changed some things around from the original recipe. Here's my version:

Boil 150g of pasta.
Fry half a red capsicum, and half a green capsicum in olive oil.
Add tomato pasta sauce (as much as you'd like!) and stir well. Allow for the mixture to boil.
Toss in some whole black olives.
Add the pasta and stir well with a handful (yes!) of chilli flakes.
Garnish with chopped coriander and mozzarella cheese and serve!

I didn't use any chicken because I thought I had some boiled chicken leftover from lunch.. which I didn't.. And instead of bechamel sauce I used tomato pasta sauce because I'm trying to be healthier.

It tasted really good and was very, very light.


  1. Oh wowee! Yum doesn't go far enough does it. May need to steal this one.

  2. Come here from Malaysia

  3. love it!... really looks good and hearty and and and I want it NOW!!!

  4. What a lovely pasta. This is my first visit to your blog and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  5. That's a brilliant way to celebrate the three colours of Italy, they're very fortunate to have a flag where they can do this (sadly blue food is in short supply for the UK to do the same!!!).

    Thank you so much for bringing this dish to the Forever Nigella table. Ciao!

  6. Ciao Sid - the little crimped pasta shapes look so pretty.


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