Pasta with courgette

In Italy pasta is made with a great variety of vegetables. This is an easy way to make little children, who aren’t usually keen on veggies, eat vegetables daily and get used to eating them.

Courgette pasta is simple to make and tasty.

Ingredients: (4 servings)

3/4 onions
6/8 fresh courgette
EVO oil
1/2kg of pasta

Chop the onions, put them in a frying pan with some oil and salt, let cook on slow heat.

Wash and chop the courgettes in small bits, add them to the onions once they’ve reached a nice, light brown colour. Add salt and let cook. Stir often to avoid burning.

Once the courgettes are ready boil pasta in salted water, then strain it and mix with the sauce.

Enjoy it!


Pink Panther spaghetti

This pasta sauce has just become my favourite with its mild and delicate taste. My guests thought the colour was spectacular, original and surprising though it’s really simple to make.

Ingredients : (4 servings)

4 big beetroots
80ml of unsugared soya milk
some nuts
EVO olive oil

I’ve used beetroots which were already boiled.

First of all cut the beetroots in small dice and make them into a purée using a food mixer. Heat the soya milk with four spoonfuls of olive oil and some salt in a small casserole, bring to boil then keep on slow heat for 10 minutes.

In another casserole heat the beetroot purée, add some salt and then the soya milk and oil previously heated.
Add some nuts and mix with a food mixer until it’s all creamy.

Finally, once the spaghettis are boiled in salted water, strain them and mix with the sauce.

Serve in plates or bowls and decorate with some nuts.

Hope you like it! 😜

Main dishes

Courgettes and tomatoes filled with a veggie mince.

A really tasty option to cook veggies to serve either as side or main dish. It is totally gluten free unless you wish to add some grated bread on top before cooking in the oven.

Ingredients: (per person)

1 big courgette
1 red tomato
1 big onion
4 spoonfuls of texturised soya
EVO oil
some parsley
some white wine
bread crumbs

Clean and chop the onion in very thin slices, cook in a casserole on slow heat with oil until it reaches a light brown colour.

Meanwhile let the soya rehydrate in a cup. Use the same amount of water and soya.

Wash the courgette and tomato then chop them in two parts and empty them. Chop and add the content to the casserole. Let cook for a few minutes the add the soya which should have absorbed all the water.

Salt to taste.

Once the mince is cooked add some chopped parsley, mix, then use to fill the courgette and tomato.

You can add some bread crumbs or gluten free bread crumbs on top. Lay on an oven tray with some oil, water and/or a drop of wine. Cook in a pre heated oven at 200°C until the liquid part disappears and looks toasted.

Main dishes

Chickpeas and tomato soup.

A hot soup in winter makes a really pleasant evening meal. If you are a fan of tomato soup you’re going to absolutely love this dish.

Ingredients: (eat 4)

2/3 big onions
6 tomatoes
500 gr chickpea
vegetable stock
EVO olive oil

First of all peel then cut the onions in small bits, then poach them in olive oil until they reach a light brown colour.

Meanwhile wash the tomatoes, chop them and mash them with a food mixer. You can either make it completely liquid or leave small bits depending on your tastes. You can also use a tin of tomato but at home we like to use fresh vegetables.

Add the cream of tomato to the casserole with the onion and cook on low heat until the sauce is done.

Add 1,5 l of water, salt and the vegetable stock unless you want to add vegetable soup previously made instead of the water and bout it for 15 minutes approx.

As to the chickpeas you can either boil some after keeping them in a bowl of water for at least a whole night or use tinned ones. In either cases it’s a good idea to keep the water from the chickpeas as it is the natural substitute of egg white and a basic ingredient in a lot of vegan recipes such as chocolate mousse.

Finally add the chickpeas to the tomato soup and let cook for about 20 minutes.

Serve hot!

Main dishes

Tofu “alla pizzaiola”

Tofu is a rich source of protein but it can be quite tasteless on its own, though some people like to eat it anyway. 

This recipe was one of my father’s favourite  to eat veal, I have adapted it to make it vegan and I’m pretty sure he’s have enjoyed it.


1 packet of fresh tofu
5/6 rape tomatoes
EVO oil

Cut the Tofu in slices, don’t make them too thin so they don’t brake.

After washing the tomatoes and cutting them in pieces make them into a purée using a food mixer. In a pan put the tomato juice with some oil, salt and a pinch of oregano then cook for a while.

Add the slices of tofu, cook until the tomato sauce becomes creamy, then let it rest before you serve it.

Main dishes

Broccoli with béchamel sauce.

Here you have a great way to serve broccoli  to people who, like kids, are not really keen on veggies. It can be considered as a main or side dish.

The Ingredients are basically broccoli boiled in salty water or steamed and then you add béchamel cream and grated cheese  on top and bake and grate it in the oven. 

You can find the recipe for making béchamel sauce in the sauce menu in this blog.


Béchamel sauce

Béchamel sauce also known as white sauce is a creamy sauce well known in French cuisine which gives chance to change vegetables into a tasty hot dish. I have veganised it and usually make a gluten free option which can be altered depending the kind of flour you wish to use.


1 glass of buckwheat/chickpea/lentil flour
2/3 glasses of vegetable milk
3 spoonfuls of EVO olive oil
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper.

The amount of vegetable milk or flour may vary depending on how thick you may want your sauce.

In a high casserole mix the olive oil with 2 glasses of vegetable milk,salt and bring to boil. When boiling reduce the temperature and start adding small amounts of flour while mixing it continuously with a whisk. Add more flour and vegetable milk to make it thicker or more liquid. When it reaches the thickness required, remove from heat and add it to the recipe you wish.