Jamie's Italy by Jamie Oliver

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Notes about this book

  • mziech on December 07, 2011

    Would recommend this book for beginners. All recipes I tried were really nice, but most are already known if you have some experience in Italian cooking (for example panzanella, pasta alla norma).

  • Breadcrumbs on June 04, 2011

    I have an extensive collection of Italian cookbooks so when I've been looking for a recipe to try, my T&T Italian books always seemed to win out over Jamie's book even though I enjoyed the tv series that inspired these dishes. That said, this book was recently selected as a Cookbook of the Month on Chowhound and from that experience I learned that I could definitely rely on Jamie for truly delicious recipes...even Italian recipes. Everything we tried from this book was terrific. A solid book for Italian food lovers.

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Pasta with chickpeas (Pasta e ceci)

    • tsusan on November 23, 2009

      Really good, after the following adjustments owing to grocery deficiencies. Shallots instead of onions. Added fine dice sauteed bacon and carrots last 5 minutes. 2x celery. 2x ditalini. 3x garlic. 1/2x chickpeas. Used 1c water instead of chix stock 1st half of cooking, 2/3c chix stock instead of 2c, 2nd half of cooking. 2/3 cup grated parmigiano, scattered over top afterward and run under broiler to crisp and thicken. Basil AND parsley. Ended up more like a loose pasta than a soup, but oh so good.

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      I love this, but wouldn't call it soup...more like a stew. Simple and very tasty..would definitely make it again

    • Melanie on June 12, 2016

      This was absolutely delicious, we loved it.

    • Rutabaga on March 31, 2014

      I find this soup to be the perfect winter comfort food, but my husband isn't as into it, so I only make it occasionally. It is more of a stew, and will continue to thicken as the pasta expands overnight if you have leftovers. Good parmesan and a drizzle of peppery olive are the ideal way to top it off.

    • embk27 on April 26, 2016

      I thought this needed more stock than suggested - I ended up using nearly twice as much. I stirred through chopped rocket at the end which worked well.

  • Anchovies in tomato sauce with pasta (Pasta con acciughe e pomodoro)

    • Jane on February 03, 2021

      Rinshin - Jamie says on his website "You could use tagliatelle or spaghetti, but if you can find margherita pasta it's great — it looks thicker than spaghetti, and it's frilly down one edge."

    • debkellie on February 03, 2021

      Margherita pasta refers to the shape of the pasta: "Daisies", narrow noodles, rippled on one side. Great list of pasta names at https://mangiabenepasta.com/shapes.html

    • Rinshin on February 03, 2021

      What is margherita pasta in the ingredient list? Never heard of it. Is there another name?

    • saarwouters on January 27, 2018

      This is a flavour bomb! Comes together really fast and I just LOVE it! Reminds me of our holiday in Sicily...

    • sdeathe on February 02, 2021

      Delicious and easy! I used fewer anchovies in oil instead of in salt, and thawed garden tomatoes from the freezer in place of the tomatoes purée.

  • Farro salad with roasted veg (Insalata di farro con verdure al forno)

    • Jane on September 03, 2012

      I was looking for a vegetarian dinner containing farro and this looked good, though I didn't have all the ingredients. I don't think that matters too much, it's the type of recipe you can adjust to whatever vegetables you have. So I skipped eggplant and fennel but added asparagus. I really liked the result - it was good warm last night and I also liked it cold for lunch today. Because I wanted it warm I didn't wait for the roasted vegetables to cool, which may have made the squash rather mushier when chopping finely. But still it tasted great - nutty chewy farro with sweet, caramelized roasted veg. Will be repeating this one.

    • Gpjba on September 23, 2013

      I thought this was just ok. It needs more dressing. It makes a ton.

    • Ro_ on April 02, 2020

      Agree with the other notes in that a) it needs more dressing and a lot of seasoning, and b) if you're not going to let the vegetables cool down a lot (which I didnt') it will be quite mushy in texture. I preferred this eaten fridge-cold the next day. Feels quite virtuous and healthy, but the flavours aren't oustanding.

  • Grilled and roasted pork (Maiale alla griglia e arrosto)

    • Jane on March 07, 2011

      I made this pork dish with half quantities and didn't grill it first as it was raining. I think that affected the finished dish - he does say you can do the whole cooking process in the oven but it's not as good. The pork loin is rubbed with olive oil then with crushed fennel seeds and dried red chile. It is then grilled for 10-15 mins and then put in the oven or put straight in the oven. 20 minutes before it's cooked a mix of red wine vinegar and rosemary leaves is used to baste the pork. I thought the end result was delicious but I would have preferred the crackling to be a bit crispier which would have been the case if I'd grilled it first. I will make this again.

  • Chicken and mushroom pasta bake (Spaghetti tetrazzini)

    • Cheri on July 09, 2011

      This was REALLY good. I added sliced sauteed leeks to the chicken and mushrooms. I used chicken breasts, which did dry out a bit and would recommend the thighs as called for. I cooked the pasta al dente, then used 1 c heavy cream plus 1 cup whole milk. Added basil which was really nice. Topped casserole with slices of fresh mozzarella as well as the Parmesan cheese. Lovely, cheesy, bright and satisfying. Came together in the time it took to cook the noodles. Baked 22 min at 400 deg.

    • Breadcrumbs on March 01, 2011

      p. 113 - What’s not to like about cream, chicken, good cheese, wild mushrooms and pasta?!!! Needless to say, we loved it!! This is a much more refined version of Chicken and Tuna Tetrazzinis we’ve had in the past. This is a chicken and mushroom pasta that is started stovetop and, finished in the oven. The recipe calls for 7oz of parmesan, I used a 50/50 blend of Parm and mozzarella. Prep is relatively quick and quite easy. The casserole goes into a 400 degree oven until golden brown and bubbling. This took 14 minutes in my case and let me say, the house smelled heavenly as it bubbled away in the oven!! Oh my goodness this was delicious. I wouldn’t be making this all the time but, if you’re looking for a creamy, cheesy, super-scrumptious treat, this is the recipe for you. I especially loved the basil in this, it adds a light, fresh note to an otherwise heavy but delicious dish. K-9

    • chrisguzzi on November 20, 2011

      Great standby recipe for lunchtime entertaining. I cooked this after reading the first 3 comments and it was great - couldn't get hold of porcini mushrooms and used red wine instead of white. Used the thighs and 500 gm mushrooms. No spaghetti but penne worked really well and the pointy ends on top had a yummy crunchy texture. I would serve with a green salad.

    • Astrid5555 on December 29, 2013

      Creamy winter comfort food! Used brown cremini and king oyster mushrooms. As per previous reviews would cut down on the cream next time as this dish was very rich, but probably one of the reasons why everybody really liked it.

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      This is a great recipe and so easy to make. I put more mushrooms in as we love them. I just used normal pouring cream, rather than double cream. It worked perfectly fine. A delicious dish and serves between 6-8 people. Highly recommend :)

    • Delys77 on June 11, 2012

      Pg 113 Creamy goodness! The mushroom, parm, and chicken makes for a very earthy if slightly heavy dish. I might cut the cream a bit, or mix in a bit of milk as per the earlier note. I put the mushrooms in a bit before the garlic and sauteed relatively aggressively as I prefer my mushrooms a little more well done. Overall though the recipe works well as is minus the few comments I made above.

    • Demaria.alison on April 08, 2012

      Terrible dish. I threw this away!

    • Ro_ on March 30, 2020

      This went down really well with the family, and was fairly easy to assemble so is one to make again. I used chicken breast instead of thigh (though I think it would have been nicer with the former) and mixed dried mushrooms instead of porcini. A bit calorific, but definitely comfort food!

    • clairepotter on January 28, 2019

      I substituted chicken thigh for skinless breast meat. Season very well and pan fry in a tablespoon of oil until well- browned and virtually cooked through. Set aside to rest and tear up once cool enough to handle. In the same pan, pan fry the mushrooms in butter, salt and lots of black pepper until deep brown. Then add wine etc as recipe advises and continue. I have tried dotting the final chicken pasta mixture with goats cheese and panko breadcrumbs mixed with melted butter prior to baking. Also stirred spinach leaves through pasta before adding topping. Both worked very well. Serve with a fancy salad of shredded iceberg lettuce, lambs lettuce, walnuts and sliced pear with a dressing of Cressi vinegar and oil.

  • Pork chops with sage (Costolette di maiale con salvia)

    • Breadcrumbs on February 25, 2011

      p. 234 - Chops are prepared by creating a pocket in which you stuff an apricot, sage, garlic and prosciutto butter. They are seared off stove top then, finished in the oven atop potatoes and prosciutto matchsticks. Looks like great recipe.

    • Breadcrumbs on March 17, 2011

      p. 234 - We really enjoyed this dish. Butter stuffing is made by whizzing together garlic, prosciutto, apricots and of course, butter. I decided to do this in my mini Cuisinart and if I were to do this again, I’d whiz the garlic and apricots before adding the prosciutto and butter as I found it was impossible to achieve a fine dice as the butter seemed to engulf everything. Chops are stuffed and then topped w sage leaves that have been dipped in oil and floured on one side. The aromas wafting from the oven as this dish roasted were just wonderful. The apricots added a nice sweetness and balance for the (larger than optimal) pieces of garlic that steam inside the chop. Needless to say some of the butter stuffing drizzles down over the potato mixture to enhance their flavours. Happy to recommend this one, we’ll definitely have this again. Out of 10, I’d give it an 8. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769189#6358433

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      The flavour pocket technique worked very well. Would suggest some unsalted butter as the prosciutto adds a lot of salt. Make the pockets as large as possible and be careful not to overcook. The chops I used were thin and took about 7 minutes and didn't go into the oven.

    • joneshayley on April 24, 2020

      This is a brilliant recipe! The potatoes cook perfectly, crispy and infused with herbs and garlic, the pork stuffed with the sweet and savoury butter is wonderful! I smeared extra over the chips which developed a crust which was also great. Note to self - Try the butter with roast turkey - stuff under the skin before roasting.

  • Hunter's chicken stew (Pollo alla cacciatora)

    • Breadcrumbs on March 29, 2011

      p. 222 - Wonderful! I used chicken pieces vs cutting up a whole chicken. I marinated my chicken for 24hrs and it was rich burgundy colour on removing from the fridge. After I’d browned the meat as the pieces were a wonderful mahogany colour. This smelled absolutely delicious as the anchovies, garlic and olives were sauteing and the aromas got even more tantalizing once this was transferred to the oven. We both enjoyed this dish quite a bit. K adored it and went back for seconds which means he ate 2 thighs and, one breast of chicken! The sauce was rich and delicious with no one flavour standing out. The olives and anchovies added a nice saltiness and served to balance the acidity of the tomatoes. The chicken was moist and fall-off-the-bone tender. We served this w a simply dressed Canadian-Italian salad and some crusty bread. Lovely and perfect w the acidity of a nice glass of Chianti or two!. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769189#6423113

    • mfto on August 16, 2016

      I am not a chicken thigh lover but I knew that thighs would take the 1 1/2 hours in the oven better than chicken breasts. My grocery only had boneless skinless thighs which was a disappointment but still the thighs turned out delicious. Since I was cooking for Two, I reduced the number of thighs but otherwise made the whole recipe. The only changes I made were to add another garlic clove and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Next time I will increase the red pepper flakes to 1/4 tesp. Just a personal choice. I had very little sauce leftover after serving the stew on spaghetti. It will not be wasted, I can assure you.

    • JKDLady on December 03, 2012

      I agree with Breadcrumbs. This was just a delightful recipe. The anchovies added depth to the dish. This is a keeper!

  • Crostini with squashed cannellini beans with garlic

    • Breadcrumbs on June 02, 2012

      p. 25 Quick & lovely! mr bc had a hankering for some sort of bean antipasti and time was not on my side. A quick EYB search landed me here and true to form, Jamie didn’t disappoint. This made for a wonderfully aromatic, flavourful spread that tasted like it would have been a lot more work than it really was! Beans are drained and a couple of sprigs of rosemary are pounded in a mortar and pestle along w some salt. A glug of evoo is added and the mixture is set aside. Sliced garlic is fried in some evoo prior to adding the drained beans which are then simmered until tender. Beans are seasoned then mashed along w a swig of red wine vinegar – I used Pinot Noir vinegar. The rosemary oil is drizzled atop. The mixture was served warm w some freshly grilled crostini. Simple, delicious and satisfying. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769189#7378066

    • FJT on October 05, 2014

      Simple to make and very tasty. Went down very well with my guests and it took all of 10 minutes to prepare!

  • Baked mushrooms stuffed with ricotta (Funghi al forno ripieni di ricotta)

    • Breadcrumbs on March 18, 2012

      p.26 The Italian grocer we visit from time-to-time makes their own cheese and yesterday we picked up some ricotta. Since I had some mushrooms lingering in the fridge, a quick EYB search for mushrooms & ricotta yielded this recipe. I adapted by using fresh chives from my garden (yes, it’s March!!) and some garlic. This literally came together in less than 10 minutes before getting tossed into the oven for 15. We loved this antipasti, definitely something worthy of serving to company however tonight the guests of honour were just mr bc & I!! Mine weren’t as brown on top as the mushrooms in the photo of the book after 15 mins in the oven so I turned on the broiler to achieve that crust. Delicious, not too rich, fresh and with a little warmth from the chilies these were just lovely. Perfect with a glass of wine and some Sunday evening jazz. Yum!

    • Breadcrumbs on March 18, 2012

      Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769189#7221576

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      This is delicious, great to have as an entree. So easy and fresh ! Love it. Filling could be used for insides of ravioli too !

    • Ro_ on August 21, 2021

      I made these on top of pasta, but found them fairly underwhelming. I probably should have played with the seasoning more to try to get them to sing.

  • Sliced mushrooms with melted mozzarella and thyme (Funghi tagliati a fettine sottili, con mozzarella fusa e timo)

    • Breadcrumbs on March 01, 2015

      p. 29 – I can always count on Jamie for a quick and tasty recipe and this one was no exception. I was putting together an Italian small plates type dinner and needed a quick recipe to use up some plain old button mushrooms. The dish was absolutely wonderful and somehow the simple addition of cheese and herbs truly elevated this humble vegetable into something special. Prep couldn’t be easier, slice mushrooms and place in a pan. Top with cheese and some fresh thyme. Drizzle w evoo and broil until the cheese has melted. I had a little garlic oil leftover from another dish I’d prepared so I used that. Everyone gobbled these up and commented that they liked them more than they thought they would. I can only imagine how amazing this dish would be with wild mushrooms and the cheese possibilities are endless. Definitely a keeper. Photos here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/769189?commentId=9456766#9456766

  • The famous Italian roast pork (Porchetta)

    • Breadcrumbs on March 21, 2010

      p. 48 - NB: Jamie calls for a 7 - 9lb loin, says to ask butcher for a half loin of pork from the rib end with the skin and the belly attached. He says to then have the butcher de-bone it but provide you with the bones (which will later be used as a cooking rack). Though he doesn't say to do this, its later implied that the belly and skin be separated from the loin and then rolled back on later, once the meat has been seasoned.

  • Sausage carbonara (Linguine alla carbonara di salsiccia)

    • Breadcrumbs on March 24, 2010

      p. 90 - Mar. 2010 – First use of this recipe and quite pleased w outcome. Sauce was satiny and flavourful. I think this rec is only as good as the sausage you use so we used a high quality Italian sausage from the Oliffes. Sausage is a dominant flavour in the final dish. If sausages were cooked a day in advance, this would be a great choice for a quick and easy casual entertaining dish. I’d definitely make this again and I’d likely use spicy Italian sausage for a change of pace.

    • erin g on January 08, 2011

      I agree with fprincess that rolling the sausage into small balls takes a lot of time. I've made this twice, and the second time I dispensed with rolling the sausage into balls and simply cut them into small pieces - but the sausages I had were quite slim. They weren't as tender as the first time, but I enjoy the crunch of sausage skin anyway.

    • fprincess on November 04, 2010

      Rolling the meat out of the sausages into small balls takes a while. Otherwise it's a pretty tasty recipe if using good quality sausages.

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      Delicious, I would go with 3 egg yolks and a little more cream unless the eggs yolks are huge.

    • peaceoutdesign on November 01, 2021

      I used this as a carbonara base and use the traditional pancetta with peas instead. I was very creamy while it was warm but the sauce disappeared as it cooled. I would increase the cream and prewarm it then toss in separately from egg and cheese.

    • Ro_ on April 04, 2021

      Very indulgent, but good! I really liked the sausage meatballs and didn't find them too fiddly to make. partner really enjoyed this.

  • Spaghetti with shrimp and arugula (Spaghetti con gamberetti e rucola)

    • Breadcrumbs on March 07, 2011

      p. 116 -Prep is very straightforward. A few notes on adaptations I made. I used about 6oz of wine, My lemon yielded 1/3 cup of juice and tasting as I went along, I only added 2 1/2 tbsp to the sauce as I felt there was already adequate tang from the wine and, knew the arugula would also bring its own zip so I was cautious about over doing it for our tastes. After incorporating the arugula and topping w some lemon zest, flavours were perfect for us. JO says you should reserve some pasta water to add to the sauce if need be. This was not necessary. I used whole-wheat pasta and, only 1/2lb vs the 1lb. I didn’t make any adjustments to quantity of ingredients in the sauce. We loved this dish. The tang of the lemon and arugula was offset nicely by the sweetness of the sundried tomatoes and, more subdued sweetness of the whole -wheat pasta. The chilies gave this a wonderful warmth without making the dish too spicy.

    • fprincess on May 03, 2011

      I made this recipe with dandelion instead of arugula. The combination of the bitterness from the dandelion with the lemon juice & zest was great, and the sundried tomatoes balanced the whole dish. I had to add quite a bit of pasta water as the pasta dried quite fast (I used fresh herb linguini)

    • Astrid5555 on September 06, 2015

      Excellent quick and easy recipe, perfect for a weeknight dinner! Made with spinach instead of arugula for the kids, but would use arugula if I were to make it again, which I will definitely do!

    • JKDLady on September 03, 2015

      This was an outstanding dish. I too used half the pasta, but the full amount of sauce. I added the lemon zest into the sauce instead of on top. I don't think my family would like the zest. I did enjoy the lemony flavor of the dish. I used Chinese spinach instead of the arugula because I had it from the farmer's market. I liked how it held form in the dish. I look forward to trying this recipe again.

    • saarwouters on October 17, 2017

      Love this pasta dish! It's on high rotation in our household. While the pasta cooks, you can prepare all other ingredients, so you are at the table in only 10 minutes.

  • Incredible Sicilian eggplant stew (Caponata)

    • wester on June 09, 2019

      A nice change of treatment for eggplant. Still, the eggplant-eating part of my fanily prefers their eggplant just fried with some herbs.

    • melissabazley on October 24, 2011

      A very tasty, meat free dish. It took a lot longer to cook the eggplant than Jamie says in the recipe...I cooked it for about 25 minutes. I used Sicilian olives which add a great texture as well as flavour. I didn't have any herb vinegar so just used white wine vinegar which worked well. I served it with the ricotta fritters on page 12. A delicious vegetarian meal.

    • Rutabaga on August 28, 2016

      I decided to make this when I realized I happened to have all the ingredients on hand. It's a great dish to make a day ahead to let the flavors meld. I also cooked mine longer than the recipe suggests, and used sherry vinegar in place of the herb vinegar. This really makes a lot, so make it for a large group, or to cover for a week's worth of picnics.

  • Sausages and green lentils with tomato salsa (Salsicce con lenticchie verdi e salsa di pomodoro)

    • erin g on August 20, 2013

      I used a pork cumin sausage, and it turned out lovely. I also added lemon zest and lemon juice to the lentils instead of the red wine vinegar, as I was making a red wine vinaigrette for an accompanying salad. Really excellent.

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      The sauce and the lentils were nice but the sausage was chicken so it ended up being super dry. Pork would doubtless be much better

  • Pasta Norma style (Pasta alla Norma)

    • fprincess on September 12, 2012

      Pretty good, but the eggplant took forever to cook. Photo here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143493-dinner-2012/page__st__2040__p__1890651#entry1890651

    • L.Nightshade on June 04, 2011

      I lightly tossed the eggplant fingers in a small amount of olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano, and roasted them until almost done. Then I tossed them into the pan and continued the recipe as written. Jamie is right about the eggplant cooked with the oregano, really enhances the flavor. And the ricotta salata and fresh basil are the perfect additions. This dish was a huge hit here. Mr NS made me promise to make it again.

    • Astrid5555 on January 05, 2014

      Good, especially the dried oregano added a nice touch. However not the best pasta alla Norma dish I have made so far.

    • lilham on July 20, 2015

      This dish is a regular in my family. Delicious and quick to put together.

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      The eggplant actually gives it a nice meaty flavour. Go a bit lighter on the pasta than he suggests and I would mince the garlic instead of slicing. Very simple but delicious.

    • Bloominanglophile on May 25, 2013

      This dish came together more quickly than I anticipated, so I would recommend it for weeknights. I did salt the eggplant, as I started out making a totally different recipe. I'm glad I switched to this one. It was also a lighter dish than I thought it would be--just be sure to use a light hand with the oil when sautéing the eggplant (can always add more later). Do be sure to season the dish in stages for a full flavor. I would even recommend this dish to those may be picky about eggplant (like my family)!

  • White risotto with pesto (Risotto bianco con pesto)

  • Grilled swordfish with salsa di Giovanna (Pesce spada alla griglia con la salsa di Giovanna)

    • fprincess on May 18, 2012

      Couldn't be simpler, but it's a great way to serve fish. I made this recipe with a couple of rock cod filets and used marjoram + mint for the salsa. Very tasty. Picture here: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143493-dinner-2012/page__st__1230__p__1878037#entry1878037 Made again with swordfish. Wonderful. Picture: http://forums.egullet.org/topic/143493-dinner-2012/?p=1896370

  • Radicchio and arugula salad (Insalata di radicchio e rughetta)

    • fprincess on January 16, 2012

      A very simple recipe that is really delicious.

    • Rutabaga on March 31, 2014

      My husband and I enjoyed eating this salad frequently while in Italy, and it's really easy to make at home. Finely julienned carrots are a nice addition (we also had this version in Italy), but prepping those ultra-thin carrot strips does add extra work.

    • Ganga108 on March 10, 2021


  • My favorite ribollita (La mia ribollita preferita)

    • Emily Hope on December 03, 2010

      This was decent but nothing special--I may have added too much bread and it made things a bit sludgy.

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      I used 2 cans of cannellini beans instead of using dried beans, I also used chilli powder instead of dried chillies. A very hearty soup. Needed a bit of flavour help so I also added 1 chicken stock cube. Great for winter when you want something filling and healthy. Tastes better the next day as the flavours develop

    • Sally96 on August 06, 2021

      I have loads of ribollita recipes and this is hands down the best one. The closest flavour and texture to the one I had in Florence. Definitely la mia ribollita preferita.

    • cbrowne91 on August 06, 2017

      This is a great hearty recipe. Although cavolo nero can be substituted out for other leafy greens e.g. curly kale, I really recommend sticking to cavolo nero/black kale where possible, as it's deep bitterness really helps this recipe. Don't skimp on the dried chilli, and don't let the bread catch on the pan!

  • Amalfi salad (Insalata Amalfitana)

    • L.Nightshade on June 04, 2011

      This salad was so bright and refreshing. It consists of thinly sliced cucumber, fennel bulb, red onion, and radishes, with sectioned oranges, tossed with herbed vinegar and olive oil. I had heirloom purple radishes which added a nice little bite. The oranges are the perfect addition. The recipe makes a very large bowl full.

  • Amalfi baked lemons (Limoni di Amalfi cotti al forno)

    • L.Nightshade on June 04, 2011

      I had to up the heat and the time, and even so my cheese didn't turn "golden." Jamie warned that the mozzarella would melt and ooze, and recommended using a lemon leaf or waxed paper as a base. I baked them in custard cups instead. Glad I did as there was a lot of liquid ooze in the bottom when done. These really need bread to accept the contents of the lemon in one big plop. I just served them with a salad and had some crackers on the side. It wasn't easy to scoop appropriate portions of the stringy cheese onto a cracker. But the taste was very good. The mozzarella picks up a bit of the lemon flavor. When I assembled them I thought sun dried tomatoes might be better, but the burst of fresh tomato was a nice compliment to the creamy cheese and salty anchovy.

  • The best shrimp and parsley frittata (La migliore frittata di gamberetti e prezzemolo)

    • L.Nightshade on June 04, 2011

      I really wanted it to turn golden, as specified in the directions and shown in the picture. It is supposed to cook for one minute on the stove, and four or five minutes in the oven. I still had raw eggs with those times. So I cooked it longer, but still no "golden." I ended up broiling to finish. When all was said and done, the eggs were very slightly overcooked, but not bad, and only the edges had color. Not the best frittata I've ever made, but we liked it well enough. It's a very adaptable recipe, of course. Mr NS has already volunteered to bring home and shell a crab for the next version.

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      Didn't brown enough which probably affected the flavour and left out the lemon juice. Might try it with those changes to see if it is better

    • sdeathe on July 27, 2021

      This was delicious. Nice lemon flavour, a light frittata with good flavour. Took longer to cook than specified in the recipe, but still moist and tender in the centre when done. Will definitely repeat.

  • Baked pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella (Pasta al forno con pomodori e mozzarella)

    • melissabazley on March 28, 2012

      This is a great vegetarian recipe. I used the 3 cans of tinned tomatoes instead of the fresh tomatoes (I didn't have the time to do the fresh ones) I didn't bother to blend the tomato mixture in the food processor either, I like the chunkier texture. I used a combo of fresh bocconcini & mozzarella, not as much as what JO said to use, probably about half the amount and it was plenty. I really enjoyed the heat of the chillies and the rich flavour of the tomato sauce. A great week day meal with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day !

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      As is the dish is good. I think what is nice about it is the crunch from the baked cheese and shells and the tang of the sauce. You could add a bit of roasted garlic to the sauce, more chili, and more basil. In terms of upping the crunch you could do it in a single layer. Go a bit lighter on the mozzarella.

    • Ro_ on September 11, 2021

      Delicious. I used tinned plum tomatoes for the sauce. Forgot to mix some of the sauce in with the pasta before layering (I just layered the pasta, sauce and cheese) but it was absolutely fine. Lovely flavours and textures, kind of lasagna-esque but without the meat.

    • Ganga108 on October 25, 2021

      During a delightful week at my daughter’s place, running wild with the two kids, we had an informal Sunday lunch with friends and made this baked pasta dish from Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Italy. Jamie describes it as a wonderful dish which is simple to make, and he is right on both points. He first fell in love with this dish in Italy, then tried to reproduce it in his school’s program for 37p per serve. He tells how he fell out of love with it because he had to use cheap pasta and cheap cheese. Back in Italy, he realised that the Italian government mandates organic pasta for schools, the mozzarella was always local and fresh and the tomatoes the best available. It makes all the difference! He says that this was the recipe that was made for 1,000 kids at the Italian school he visited. The dish is very common in Italy, and can be eaten hot, warm and room temperature. Use the best ingredients that you can, and make two – you won’t regret it.

  • Spaghetti Trapani style (Spaghetti alla Trapanese)

    • melissabazley on October 02, 2011

      This is a quick and delicious pasta, very similar to a traditional pesto, but a bit more "meaty" due to the almonds. I used almonds with skin on, and pretty much did the whole thing in the food processor, except for the cherry tomatoes. Very tasty.

    • Delys77 on November 09, 2011

      Very interesting as it s quite different. Overall result has a nice texture and a great flavour.

  • White risotto (Risotto bianco)

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      An excellent basic risotto recipe...can turn this into any flavour. Really delicious and easy.

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      The perfect base risotto

  • Roasted mushroom risotto with parsley (Risotto ai funghi e prezzemolo)

    • melissabazley on October 04, 2011

      This risotto is a new favourite in our home. It's delicious. I fried the mushrooms in butter instead of oil before putting them in the oven to roast. The roasting adds a really meaty texture & richness to them. I also added the zest of 1 lemon to the rice. I love the tang from the lemon juice & added zest, it really gives a flavour lift. A brilliant meatless meal...one we will cook regularly. If you're a mushroom lover, give this recipe a go, you won't be disappointed :)

    • FJT on July 30, 2011

      mushrooms, garlic and thyme are roasted to intensify the flavours and added to the risotto at the end (some through the risotto and some on top) - you just can't go wrong with this recipe. Perfect!

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      Another great risotto. You used Portabello and they lent it a very earthy flavour, and the garlic was really nice. You might want to increase the amount of mushrooms a bit and roast the garlic a little longer (ie. Remove the mushrooms and cook the garlic a bit longer).

    • cbrowne91 on August 06, 2017

      I would recommend roasting the mushrooms and garlic longer than the recipe says if using more common mushrooms (chestnut, portobello etc), to really intensify the flavours.

  • Fennel risotto with ricotta and dried chili (Risotto ai finocchi con ricotta e peperoncino)

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      Really original flavours in this. The fennel took a LOT longer to cook than 20 minutes-more like 40 minutes to get it soft and sweeter. I also cut the fennel into smaller pieces. Love the fresh ricotta & chilli combo

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      This risotto is a little different as the result of the lemon and goat cheese. It is quite tasty with a beautiful sweetness from the fennel.

    • saarwouters on January 27, 2018

      This was delicious! We were out of ricotta so I used creme fraiche. And added a bit more lemon juice to compensate for the creaminess of the creme fraiche. The soft fennel flavour makes this very special.

  • Fried pizza (Pizza fritta)

    • melissabazley on October 21, 2011

      One word for this...YUM. So easy and so delicious. The frying really adds extra flavour. I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil as it is better for my non-stick pans. A great crunchy crust. I love the simple ingredients and pure flavours. A good change from the traditional baked pizza (never mind that it's a bit more fat)

  • Tomato sauce for pizza

    • melissabazley on October 02, 2011

      An excellent, flavoursome pizza sauce recipe that is quick & easy. I pretty much use this recipe every time I make pizza. Great flavour

  • Early autumn minestrone (Minestrone d'inizio autunno)

    • melissabazley on December 08, 2011

      I'm a bit of a lazy bones, so I didn't cook the dried cannellini beans from scratch, I used a 400g can instead and it was fine. I'm not a huge fan of bacon/pancetta so I left it out entirely and the soup was still very tasty. I did cook the vegies for longer than the initial 20 minutes suggested. I also used baby spinach and added it at the very end just before serving it. I used 80g pasta because I like a fair bit of pasta in minestrone. My husband really loved eating this and it's good for his high blood pressure too with loads of vegies and very little salt. Great served with crusty bread & butter !! A hearty soup for a cold day

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      I'll admit that I put less bacon than he suggests and that might make all the difference but the cooking time suggested results in vegetables that are a little too firm. It is also a bit on the tangy side, but the richness of the parm and bacon might mask this. It is just that if you go with his suggestions you will end up with a very high calorie soup.

  • Basic pizza dough (Pasta per pizza)

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      This is my go-to pizza dough recipe, it's brilliant. I do a half batch which makes 3 medium pizzas.It has a great texture and tastes fantastic. I love it with Jamie's Potato, mozzarella, rosemary, thyme & tomato pizza (page 56)

  • Pizza with spicy salami, zucchini, basil, tomato, and mozzarella

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      Not a bad combo of ingredients. I used chorizo sausage instead of salami. Great with both options.

  • Pizza with potatoes, mozzarella, rosemary, thyme, and tomatoes

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      This is such a brilliant flavour combination. A family favourite

  • Pizza with green and red grapes, rosemary, pinenuts, and ricotta

    • melissabazley on September 20, 2011

      A tasty combination of flavours...not bad for a sweet change, although I prefer my pizzas savoury. I put loads more ricotta cheese on it too, as 1 tablespoons for the whole pizza was nowhere near enough

  • Pizza with egg, prosciutto, artichokes, olives, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil

    • melissabazley on October 21, 2011

      Absolutely loved the baked egg on this pizza. Good flavour combination

  • Crostini with pea and fava bean purée with pecorino

    • melissabazley on September 11, 2011

      Very healthy & fun to use mortar & pestle to make it. Could also use this on pasta or fish/chicken.

  • Fried ricotta with a little tomato salad (Ricotta fritta con piccola insalata di pomodori)

    • melissabazley on October 24, 2011

      Great little fritters. Very quick and easy to make. I added some grated nutmeg as well. Delicious served with the Caponata on page 8.

  • Basic bruschette

    • melissabazley on December 11, 2011

      So simple...I have made this a couple of times...It's great with soup, stews/casseroles, sausages and salad etc. As an alternative, I spread both sides of the sourdough with butter instead of olive oil and then put it into the sandwich press. A super fast way to make lots of toast which is toasted on both sides at the same time. The garlic is the MOST important part, without it, it's just toast.

  • Bruschette with tomato and basil

    • melissabazley on December 11, 2011

      Simple, quick, easy classic. My favourite bruschette. Great way to use fresh tomatoes from the garden...it doesn't get much better

  • The best tuna meatballs (Le migliori polpette di tonno)

    • melissabazley on April 26, 2012

      Yum...this is a great way to include fish in your diet in a really interesting and different way. I cooked the tuna first and made the meatballs,rested them then cooked them & drained them on paper towel. Next I made the tomato sauce. That way it's a 1 pan recipe and less washing up. I didn't bother to puree the tomato sauce...I like mine chunky with some body. A really delicious and easy recipe which my husband just loves. Will be making this again for sure

    • herbietea on December 31, 2011

      Page 203

    • VineTomato on July 31, 2017

      This was a disapointing dish for us. I have been making Aldo Zilli's tuna meatballs for years as one of our all time favourite pasta dishes and decided it was time to try something new. These looked promising, a mix of our favourite ingredients and flavour combinations - how could it go wrong! The meatballs were flavourless and did not hold together as well as Zilli's balls (he doesn't cook the tuna before forming the balls). The blending of the sauce, ruined it - next time (we have balls in the freezer) I will leave as a chunky sauce or use Passata. I like the idea of pine nuts, lemon and Parmesan so - may try a combo of this and Zilli's next time but will let the memory fade before I tell my husband I'll give this another go.

    • grindabod on August 20, 2018

      Delicious. I used mackerel instead of tuna.

  • Eggplant Parmigiana (Melanzane alla Parmigiana)

    • melissabazley on October 05, 2011

      This is SOOOSOSOSOSOSOSO delicious. I fried the eggplant, even though Jamie said not to. It was so smooth & creamy & full of flavour. I drained the eggplant on kitchen paper after I cooked it for about 1 hour until most of the oil had come out. I will certainly make this again when we have friends over for an Italian dinner party. Great as a main served with salad or side for a meat dish. AMAZING.

    • Delys77 on September 19, 2012

      I grilled my eggplant and I have to say it made a good difference. While I like eggplant parm, this recipe is a little less greasy than most because the eggplant dries out a little on the grill. The result is a slightly smokier flavour that feels a bit lighter. Definitely a huge winner, and an excellent veggie main.

    • chawkins on August 23, 2020

      Excellent dish, light, not greasy and not overly cheesy. I pre-baked the eggplant slices as directed, used a jarred sauce because I was short on time. Great use of all those eggplants coming out of the garden.

    • Jas on June 05, 2012

      Delicious, I gridled the aubergine with courgette, was scrumptious! I served this with ciabatta mushroom bruschetta. Went down a treat.

  • Bread and tomato soup (Pappa al pomodoro)

    • bigwerk on February 08, 2012

      Ok, why is this so freaking good? I added some diced spanish chorizo and it was epic

    • Vegansarah on September 28, 2021

      This was surprisingly good! So few ingredients but such a great dish

  • Risotto of sweet white onions, cotechino sausage, and thyme (Risotto con cipolle bianche dolci, cotechino, e timo)

    • FJT on November 09, 2015

      I managed to get some Italian sausages (not cotechino) and decided to give this a try - wasn't sure I'd be a fan of a risotto with meat but it was delicious. I liked the roasted sweet onion!

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      Delicious, but I'm not sure the roasted onion does much for it.

    • Ro_ on March 30, 2020

      I couldn't get the recommended sausages, just used what my supermarket had - not sure if that's why I found this recipe quite underwhelming. Going off the photo, I think the cotechino sausages probably have a distinct reddish colour and a looser texture than the sausages I used.

  • Spring vegetable stew (Vignole)

    • Delys77 on May 29, 2012

      Pg 251 Unfortunately I can't score this dish very high because it didn't really work out for me. I actually find this is something that is quite common with Jamie's recipes. I think his rough and tumble approach doesn't always translate well. He often says things like tear up your leeks, and add a glug of oil, but for me this isn't helpful. I buy a cookbook to take advantage of the author's expertise, I don't always feel like embarking on a slap dash project of guessing how much a glug is and how big these torn up leeks might be. The challenge of course is that I find Jamie has great ideas so I do often try his recipes, but I find I need to make good notes for myself so I can improve upon any secondary renditions of the recipe. In this case I would say, add a parm rind to flavour, use pre prepared artichokes as the cook time is too short for them, add a touch of garlic, and decrease the mint to just a tablespoon or so. The prosciutto makes an excellent addition though.

  • Nonna Giusy's fish with couscous (Couscous con pesce di Nonna Giusy)

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      Seems like a lot of liquid but it is necessary. Prepared the couscous as directed and it worked out very well. Little bit of a bite from the chili was great. Would also be good for people who aren't too big on fish since the flavour isn't overly fishy. Used Halibut and it flaked perfectly (but cooked for only 15 minutes).

  • Small toasted bread (Crostini)

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      Very nice, added some parmesan to the white bean version

    • et12 on September 13, 2020

      Very good, adding a bit of olive oil and rubbing with freshly cut garlic makes a big difference.

  • Cauliflower risotto (Risotto ai cavolfiori)

    • peaceoutdesign on May 31, 2020

      I made with dry vermouth and it had too sweet of a taste, definitely needs to be made with wine. All in all not very rich or spectacular.

  • Leg of lamb stuffed with olives, bread, pinenuts, and herbs (Cosciotto d'agnello ripieno di olive, pane, pinoli, e erbe aromatiche)

    • joneshayley on December 16, 2019

      A wonderful recipe - the stuffing is full flavoured, herby, savoury, salty and delicious, fully imbibing the lamb. The potatoes roasted under the lamb were delicious.

  • Crostini with buffalo mozzarella and chili

    • joneshayley on March 07, 2020

      Lovely little crostini - great snack with drinks.

  • Salad from Capri (Insalata Caprese)

    • Rutabaga on August 08, 2018

      This is a nice variation on the standard Caprese salad; smashing the basil with some salt and olive oil really helps the flavor shine. I will definitely do that again. As always, this kind of salad relies heavily on the quality of the ingredients, so should only be made at peak tomato season.

    • Ro_ on May 11, 2021

      Nice caprese salad but I prefer with balsamic vinegar.

  • Special lemon sherbet (Sorbetto di limone)

    • KIGirl on September 04, 2014

      I omitted the mascarpone so it was a straight sorbet

  • Italian style beans (Fagioli all'Italiana)

    • lils74 on September 23, 2017

      This is a recipe I've made again and again - I just love it; I see that there's a note about soaking the beans overnight but I have only made it with fresh borlotti-style beans, podding them right before cooking, so I didn't need to soak them. It's delicious and often add even more vinegar after cooking and eat it like a warm, soupy salad (sounds odd but it's delicious, I promise you!). The only way I deviate from the recipe is that I can't bring myself to toss the potato as the recipe says, and instead, half mush it and mix it in so it becomes part of the dish. I'm also not religious about the herbs, using whatever/however much I have to hand. Delicious, simple.

    • APrivateSupperClub on May 25, 2020

      12/8/16 Really good. Cooked in pressure cooker with shiitake dried mushrooms, herbs, tomato, and kombu. Cooked in a crockpot with a ham bone, potato, tomato, and herbs.

  • Tuscan bread, tomato, and pepper salad (Panzanella)

    • rmorse on February 16, 2016

      This is delicious.

    • saarwouters on January 27, 2018

      The best panzanella we ever had! The recipe itself is not difficult, but a bit hard to follow because of the way it is written (not in clear steps). So it takes a long time to make. But it's worth it, in my opinion. Just not very weeknight-friendly. Perfect for a summer evening. Kids loved it.

  • Artichoke risotto (Risotto ai carciofi)

    • saarwouters on May 16, 2018

      Delicous! Gives a very nice artichoke flavour.

  • Tuscan pici with tomato and meat sauce (Pici con ragú)

    • swordfern on February 05, 2017

      Make sure to roll the pici very thin. Trust the pasta cooking time, even if it seems long.

  • Grilled and marinated rabbit (Coniglio marinato alla griglia)

    • Ro_ on June 09, 2021

      I bought a pack of rabbit legs, rather than a whole rabbit, because I thought my partner wouldn't be too keen on fiddling around putting different parts onto the bbq at different times. The result was simply but tasty. Maybe not special enough to repeat again?

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  • Running With Tweezers

    really love this cookbook for all sorts of reasons – Jamie’s loose writing style, the beautiful 1st hand experience photos, and the rustic feel of the book. If you haven’t checked it out yet, do so.

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  • ISBN 10 0141043016
  • ISBN 13 9780141043012
  • Published Jan 28 2010
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 336
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
  • Imprint Penguin Books Ltd

Publishers Text

Ever since working at the River Cafe for Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, Jamie Oliver has had a serious passion for Italian food. Now, ten years later, Italy and its wonderful flavours continue to have a major influence on his food and cooking. In "Jamie's Italy", Jamie travels this famously gastronomic country paying homage to the classic dishes of each region and searching for new ideas to bring home. The result is a sensational collection of Italian recipes, old and new, that will ensure Italy's influence reaches us all. Jamie's book will transport you to Italy or at least bring Italy home to you.

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