This recipe ensures a crispy-bottomed pizza without ever turning on the oven. It's easy, veggie and 2 of your 5-a-day
- 200g strong white bread flour, plus a little for dusting
- ½ tsp fast-action dried yeast
- ¼ tsp golden caster sugar
- a little oil, for greasing
- 4 tbsp olive oil, plus a little extra
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 200g passata
- pinch of golden caster sugar (optional)
- 1 small aubergine, sliced into discs
- 100g ricotta
- small handful mint, roughly chopped
- extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
MethodMix to form a soft dough, then tip onto your work surface and knead for 5 mins or until the dough feels stretchy. Clean and grease the bowl and return the dough. Cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm to rise for 1 hr, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- 2 aubergines, sliced into 1cm rounds
- 6 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle for the prawns
- 140g raw prawn, deveined
- 140g cooking chorizo, cut into 1½ cm-2cm thick slices
- 400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed
- ½ red onion, finely sliced
- 100g baby spinach
- large handful parsley, chopped
- ½ garlic clove, crushed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- juice and zest 1 lemon
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp clear honey
- 2 small preserved lemons, flesh removed and rind thinly sliced
- Heat a griddle pan to medium. Brush the aubergine slices with oil, season and griddle on both sides until soft and lightly charred – you’ll need to do this in batches. Set aside and keep warm. (See below left for griddling tips.)
- While the aubergines are cooking, make the dressing. Mix the garlic with a good pinch of salt to form a paste. Gradually stir in the olive oil and lemon juice, followed by the zest, cumin, honey, preserved lemons and seasoning.
- Wipe out the griddle pan and toss the prawns with a little oil and seasoning. Griddle for 1-2 mins each side until cooked through, then transfer to a plate. Add the chorizo slices to the pan and cook for 3-4 mins each side, or until they start to release their oil and become crispy.
- In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, onion, spinach and most of the parsley. Add the aubergines, prawns and chorizo, pour over the dressing and gently toss everything together. Pile onto a serving platter and scatter over the remaining parsley. Serve straight away.
- 4 courgettes, sliced 2-3mm thick lengthways
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1½ red chillies, finely chopped
- large handful mint, finely chopped
- small knob of butter
- 2 tbsp pine nut
- 2 handfuls rocket leaves
- 100g ricotta
- Heat a griddle pan to medium. Put the courgette slices in a bowl and toss with 1½ tbsp of the oil. Griddle for 3-4 mins on each side – you’ll need to do this in batches – then transfer to a clean bowl. (See below left for griddling tips.)
- Mix together the remaining oil, the vinegar, most of the chilli and mint, and some seasoning, then pour over the courgettes and leave to marinate.
- Meanwhile, heat the butter in a small pan until foaming, then add the pine nuts. Cook over a low heat until nicely browned, then drain on kitchen paper.
- To assemble the salad, toss the rocket and most of the pine nuts with the courgettes. Divide among plates or pile onto a serving dish. Break the ricotta into chunks and dot over the salad, then scatter the remaining chilli, mint and pine nuts on top.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 400g pack good-quality sausage, skins removed, broken into small chunks
- 400g can chopped tomato
- 400g tagliatelle
- handful basil, reserving smaller leaves to garnish
- ½ x 250g tub ricotta
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan, tip in the onion and garlic, and soften for about 10 mins. Add the sausagemeat chunks and brown for 5 mins. Tip in the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 5 mins or so, until thick and the sausagemeat is cooked through. Meanwhile, cook the pasta following pack instructions.
- Season the tomato sauce and toss through the drained tagliatelle. Tear the basil and stir it through as well. Spoon into bowls and dot with ricotta. Grind over some pepper and sprinkle with the small basil leaves.