Maccheroni con ragu bianco
For the ultimate in ragu, a blonde version that uses pork and milk in place of the more common beef and tomato is a rich and elegant, yet completely satisfying take, on a comfort dish.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour
To make the best Roman-style pizza with the greatest crust and just the right amount of chew, all you need is heat, time and quality Italian ingredients.
Prep 30 mins (plus resting)
Cook 10 mins
Makes 2-3 pizzas
Cold Sichuan-style chicken
Hot chillies, chilled chicken and mouth-tingling Sichuan peppercorns are a potent combination, a multi-sensory experience. Serve some cooling cucumber and plain steamed rice alongside to soothe the palate.
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins (plus cooling, chilling)
Serves 6-8 as a shared dish
Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with white beans and harissa
This entire main can be prepared a day ahead, leaving you only one thing to do before your guests arrive: simply turn on the oven and let it do the rest of the work for you.
Prep 30 mins (plus soaking, resting, seasoning)
Cook 9 hrs
Warm duck, lychee and banana blossom salad
Not all recipes from Michelin-starred restaurants translate easily to Australian home kitchens, but this one’s a cinch. At Paste, chef Bee Satongun roasts her own duck; to save time, start with one from Chinatown.
Prep 40 mins
Cook 5 mins (plus roasting duck)
Armenian beef manti
For comfort food to savour, look no further than Tom Sarafian’s subtly spiced Armenian beef dumplings, topped with garlicky labne and a generous drizzle of seasoned melted butter.
Prep 2 hours
Cook 30 minutes
Sabzi (Afghan spinach and lamb curry)
Traditionally served at Nowroz (new year) celebrations, this Afghan spinach and lamb curry is mildly spiced and the meat meltingly tender. This version is from Durkhanai Ayubi’s book Parwana.
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins
Kebabeh sikhi (Afghan lamb skewers)
These Afghan lamb skewers, from Durkhanai Ayubi’s book Parwana, are perfectly at home at an Aussie backyard barbie. Hold the tomato sauce and serve them instead with flatbread, onion and fresh herbs.
Prep time 30 mins (plus marinating)
Cook time 10 mins (plus preparing coals)
Janni Kyritsis’ chicken baked in salt dough
This foolproof method of roasting a chicken results in a succulent, flavourful bird every time.
Prep 25 mins (plus resting the dough and the chicken)
Cook 40 mins-1 hour