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Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration by Nigella Lawson

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Notes about this book

  • Rella on July 01, 2013

    Let me correct this note that I just posted. The eISBN number is 978-07704-3702-2; and the ISBN 978-07704-3701-5 listed on the library book copyright 2012 and has a different cover than either of the two Nigellissima book covers listed on EYB. Also, the library book says "Nigellissima Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes.

  • Rella on July 01, 2013

    978-0-7704-3702-2 is the book at the library that says on the front "Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes" The picture on the library book is neither one of the two "Nigellissima" books shown here at EYB.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Sicilian pasta with tomatoes, garlic & almonds

    • Susan_F on May 30, 2014

      How to make a delicious pasta meal with no effort at all! Next time I'd use less garlic and add a little pesto.

    • KarinaFrancis on February 25, 2014

      Although my version looked nothing like the photo it tasted every bit as good as Nigella promised. Perfect for weekdays, the sauce is made in less time than the pasta takes to cook. The only change I made was to scatter some dried chilli on top.

    • fibarr on February 10, 2017

      Quick, no cook dinner. As suggested I substituted parmesan for the anchovies.

  • Pasta with courgettes

    • KarinaFrancis on February 04, 2014

      A great weeknight dinner, full of flavour, took less than 30 minutes. Next time I might try adding some bacon or pancetta... Update: tried it with pancetta and it is amazing!!!

    • lilham on September 05, 2015

      I used 2/3 of the amount of courgettes in the recipe and felt it's enough. Found it a bit bland for my taste.

  • Fettuccine with mushrooms, Marsala & mascarpone

    • herbietea on February 05, 2013

      Delicious! Really rich and flavoursome

  • Quick Calabrian lasagne

    • JuneHawk on January 28, 2015

      Very good. Does not reheat well, though.

  • Spaghettini with lemon & garlic breadcrumbs

    • Prim on October 01, 2016

      I've made this many times, very good… increased garlic to 3 cloves.

  • Pasta with mackerel, Marsala & pine nuts

    • Boffcat on March 06, 2017

      Quick, easy and tasty. I omitted the pine nuts as they're too expensive to use lightly, and didn't miss them.

  • Pasta risotto with peas & pancetta

    • Astrid5555 on March 07, 2015

      This is probably the quickest weeknight dinner recipe ever. Just cook the pancetta until crisp, add the frozen peas, add the orzo pasta together with boiling water and let cook for 10 minutes. Stir in butter and Parmesan cheese and you have a delicious, comforting dinner the whole family will love. Yum!

    • redjanet on January 07, 2014

      This is a perfect recipe for when you don't have a lot of time on your hands but you need a dinner that is warm and soothing and easy to make. Similar to the flavours of a quick linguine recipe from Nigella Bites, this is easy to eat comfort food.

    • Yildiz100 on April 21, 2015

      Definitey quick and easy. I'm not sure that the combination of peas and pancetta (or, turkey bacon, in my case) is to my taste. We reduced the meat from 6 ounces to 2 ounces and we thought that was plenty. We doubled the amount of cheese to get that creamy risotto like texture. We enjoyed this, but I plan on trying some other "orzotto" recipes before putting this on the regular rotation.

  • Farro risotto with mushrooms

    • annapanna on November 07, 2013

      Really good! I substituted white wine for Marsala, otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. 25 minutes cooking time was enough. I actually liked it better than regular rice risotto. I was skeptical about adding Ricotta but it really works here. We will surely make this again.

  • Pork chops with fennel seeds & allspice

    • Zosia on April 18, 2015

      Very nice flavour and the cooking method works well with thinner cut chops with a reduced cooking time.

  • Pork loin with Parma ham & oregano

    • anniemac on November 22, 2015

      Easy and tasty. Everyone I have served it to has loved it.

    • Vanessa on December 27, 2012

      Easy to make, impressive to serve. It also created an impressive dent in my wallet. But I thought it was blah in flavor (though my guests scarfed it right down!).

  • Tagliata for two

    • Breadcrumbs on July 03, 2015

      p. 70 – This dish took me by surprise, as I didn’t expect it to wow me the way it did. I’m not a big beef-eater but I do love tomatoes so this seemed like a great way to satisfy mr bc and I with one dish. Somehow the acidity of the tomatoes and the simple vinaigrette elevate this dish and turn it into something really special. The meat absorbs some of the vinaigrette as it rests and is juicier and more flavourful for it. One of my favourite steak preparations. I’ll be making this again soon. This would be a perfect company dish as the steaks could be prepared well in advance. Photo here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1018192?commentId=9628514#9628514

    • fibarr on February 10, 2017

      Love this recipe, simple but great flavors

  • Meatzza

    • wester on March 28, 2017

      I like this idea, but I think it needs some tweaking. I think I would like to add more eggs to make it more like a pizza bottom, and cook longer before adding the mozzarella, so it can crisp up a bit (like my daughter wants). I'd also add a larger amount of herbs.

    • Zosia on April 11, 2015

      Don't quite know what to make of this ......I think it would make a decent sandwich filling since it tasted somewhat like a meatball cooked in tomato sauce yet took a fraction of the time to make, but it was a little odd served in wedges with bread and a salad.

  • Shortcut sausage meatballs

    • herbietea on February 01, 2013

      Much better the dry, beef meatballs - used ordinary sausage instead if Italian ones

  • Sausages with beans & peppers

    • Hellyloves2cook on July 04, 2013

      Well- easy- fry some sausages and open a few cans of things and there you have a quick tasty meal that satisfies the family on a cold day! Only complaints being that there was not enough!

  • Squid & prawns with chilli & marjoram

    • iamtabu on March 07, 2014

      Disappointing recipe. As written, the marjoram was too overpowering and the lemon underwhelming. Sautéeing the lemon zest from the beginning also seemed to kill its flavor. It would be much better to add lemon zest towards the end so that it was still brightly flavored.

  • Tuscan tuna tartare

    • Frogcake on June 05, 2016

      Provided you have high quality (sushi grade tuna), this is an amazingly delicious appetizer that can be whipped up in exactly one minute.

  • Italian traybake

    • Zosia on August 29, 2015

      I made this with sausages only. It wasn't particularly special, but it was easy to put together, tasted good and was very family friendly (and sometimes that's all I'm looking for on a busy day!)

  • Chicken with tarragon salsa verde

    • Yildiz100 on May 11, 2015

      We sauteed the chicken instead of baking since we were using boneless skinless chicken breasts. The preparation was straight-forward, but preparing the herbs was time-consuming. Even though this was tasty, I'm not sure I'd make it again unless I had a bunch of tarragon to use up. There was nothing really wrong with it, but with so many ways to make chicken, the bar for repeats is really high.

  • Roast red onions with basil

    • Jas on February 18, 2013

      Delicious! Very easy and enjoyed as part of a roast dinner.

  • Cannellini beans with rosemary

    • Frogcake on June 20, 2016

      This dish is quick, easy and absolutely delicious. I used scratch beans rather than the canned ones. It's lovely aromatic in the brief cooking phase -My kitchen smelled heavenly! As Nigella recommended, we ate leftovers cold with tuna. Yum, yum. Another easy dish for my foodie, university-aged sons.

  • Gnocchi gratin

    • Breadcrumbs on July 03, 2015

      P. 131 – Oh my, this was delicious. But then, how could you go wrong with mascarpone and little pillows of potatoey goodness!! This isn’t a dish for every day but it certainly hits the spot in a big way if you’re looking for a special pasta that comes together in no time and packs a big punch. Everyone loved this dish, there wasn’t a scrap left. I veered from the original recipe ever so slightly by melting a little chopped garlic in the pan in some evoo before adding the cheese mixture. The garlic was a great addition and something I’ll continue to use in the future. Outstanding! Photo here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1018192?commentId=9628514#9628514

  • Iced berries with limoncello white chocolate sauce

    • wester on February 27, 2017

      Frozen berries with a hot chocolate sauce - excellent, and it doesn't have to be white chocolate either. A citrus note is essential though - I used some orange zest instead of the limoncello.

    • Susan_F on October 31, 2013

      Incredibly easy to make and absolutely wonderful!

  • Instant chocolate-orange mousse

    • Hellyloves2cook on July 04, 2013

      Easy and quick to make. I left out the orange liqueur as serving to my children also. The mouse was not the conventional recipe with egg yolks mixed in with the melted chocolate and folding in egg whites- no, this was eggless. Set quickly and very firm in the fridge after just 30 mins. Quite dense and rich also. Makes 6 portions and all of our family members struggled to eat it. Half the portion would suffice. Very tasty however!

  • Nutella panna cotta

    • Astrid5555 on January 01, 2016

      Nutella, heavy cream and milk, what's not to like here? These were delicious and a big hit especially with the kids.

  • One-step no-churn coffee ice cream

    • Susan_F on October 31, 2013

      The first spoonful of this was delicious. Unfortunately after a few more mouthfuls it was too sweet, sickly and cloying and really not very nice at all. Will definitely not be making this one again.

    • Foodycat on July 09, 2014

      Magic. Works with lots of other flavours too.

  • Italian apple pie

    • Prim on September 28, 2013

      Quick and easy apple cake. I used a whole chopped apple in the batter.

  • Ruby-red plum & amaretti crumble

    • KiwiHelen on February 21, 2014

      Made this with the last of the Black Doris plums .Fantastic colour!

  • Italian breakfast banana bread

    • Elnara on February 13, 2014

      Super easy to make: all in one bowl, no gadgets needed, a fork will do. Didn't have espresso instant so used 5 teaspoons normal (good Quality) instant. Tried a piece after baking: nice enough! But not superb. Tried another this morning: most excellent. It's a deeper flavour and the texture is perfect: light & moist. Like banana bread should be. I gave it 4 out of 5 (I reserve 5 stars for out of this world good stuff) and would recommend anyone trying it.

  • Gorgonzola & cannellini dip with a tricolore flourish

    • julesamomof2 on September 28, 2016

      not good. unappetizingly gray. nobody touched it.

  • Panettone stuffing squares

    • julesamomof2 on September 28, 2016

      served on Christmas with the gorgonzola dip and both were failures. I thought this was a great idea but nobody liked it

  • Turkey breast stuffed with Italian sausage & Marsala-steeped cranberries

    • KarinaFrancis on August 03, 2016

      This was the centrepiece for our Christmas in July fest and it was a show stopper! Looked impressive, tasted amazing and very easy to carve. I had a nibble on it cold from the fridge the next morning (very nigella) and it was yum. A couple of changes, we used dried cherries and cooked it slow for 1.5 hrs then uncovered and turned up the heat to brown the skin for about 30 mins. Planning on doing it again for real Christmas

  • Cranberry & pistachio biscotti

    • digifish_books on May 08, 2015

      Double quantity makes approx 28 pieces. I only had 75g pistachios (not enough for double quantity), so added 75g white chocolate buttons/bits and decreased total sugar to 100g.

  • Cinnamon almond cake

    • Astrid5555 on January 10, 2016

      Made half a recipe in an 18cm springform pan to use up 4 leftover egg whites. This is a nice light dairy- and gluten-free cake with a subtle marzipan taste from the almonds. Very quick to make!

  • Italian Christmas pudding cake

    • adelina on December 26, 2016

      This was one of the best desserts that I made. The panettone I bought was from trader Joe's and it already had chocolate chip so I didn't want more chocolate. I tried making my own candied chestnuts but cooking them down in simple syrup. I left out the pomegranates too and decorated with pistachios only. Everyone loved it.

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Reviews about this book

  • Boston Globe by T. Susan Chang

    Photos are gorgeous, evoking the unhurried enjoyment of food that has always been part of Lawson’s message. But the recipes themselves could benefit from more of that slow care.

    Full review
  • Serious Eats

    ...a love letter to the country that inspired her as a chef. In her characteristic bubbly, passionate style, Nigella explains her inspiration in each recipe, showcasing its Italian influence.

    Full review
  • Oregonian

    There's not much in here that's light. If you're dieting or looking for less-heavy fare for warm weather, look elsewhere.

    Full review

Reviews about Recipes in this Book

  • ISBN 10 0701187336
  • ISBN 13 9780701187330
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  • Published Sep 13 2012
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Chatto & Windus

Publishers Text

Nigellissima takes inspiration from Italian cooking to bring the spirit of Italy into the kitchen and onto the plate, pronto. At the heart of Italian cookery lies a celebration of food that is fresh, tasty and unpretentious; Nigella Lawson reflects this in recipes that are simple and speedy, elevating everyday eating into no-fuss feasts.

Italian food has colonised the world. Nigellissima shows us how and why in over 100 delicious dishes - from telephone-cord pasta with Sicilian pesto to the crustless Meatzza, from Sardinian couscous to Venetian stew, from penne to papardelle, from ragù to risotto, from Italian apple pie and no-churn ices to panna cotta and sambuca kisses - in a round-Italy quickstep that culminates in a festive chapter of party food, with an Italian-inspired Christmas feast as its mouthwatering centrepiece. From the traditional to the unfamiliar, here are recipes to excited the taste buds and the imagination, without stressing the cook.

Nigella's gastronomic heart is in Italy, and in this new book she conjures up, with passionate relish, the warmth, simplicity and directness of Italian cooking, with an Anglo-twist. Illustrated with gorgeous photographs to instruct and delight Nigellissima is accompanied by a major new BBC TV series.



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