Nigella needs no introduction. She is the queen of simple cooking made good, with cookbooks that are so beautifully written, they're worthy of reading in bed. Her timeless recipes have become staples at The Happy Foodie team's dinner tables, not least because they're straight-forward to prepare, they always have that special something thrown in that makes them absolute classics we come back to time and again. Here are 10 of our favourites, from midweek dinners that would not go amiss at a weekend feast to teatime cakes and celebration desserts.
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"Orzo pasta is a non-negotiable staple in my kitchen. It makes for wonderful, cosy one-pot dishes, of which this is a pre-eminent example", says Nigella. This comforting dinner pairs homemade meatballs with a rich tomato sauce and her favourite orzo pasta – scroll down for her equally scrumptious orzo pasta risotto.
Greek yoghurt, poached eggs and hot peppery butter might seem like an odd combination but as Nigella testifies it's "a revelation and a complete sensation". If you can get hold of mild, sweet, lemony Aleppo pepper or Turkish red pepper flakes, it's worth it!
This wonderfully simple but special dinner for two combines tender chicken, plump grapes, thyme and a mustardy marsala sauce. "Brimming with mellow fruitfulness", this chicken recipe is best served with steamed new potatoes or crusty bread for mopping up all the juices.
A roasting tin dinner that will get your house smelling of summer – caramelised lemon, thyme and sweet, honeyed garlic. Nigella's top tip: leave the lemon in chunks to cook slowly in the oven until caramelised and sweet so you can eat them, skin, pith and all. Yes!
In this comforting pasta risotto recipe, Nigella swaps risotto rice for orzo, a rice-shaped pasta, that cooks in just 10 minutes and doesn't require constant stirring. Cooked with the classic combination of peas and pancetta, this is a one-pan midweek winner.
Nigella's creamy, tangy, spicy pasta dish involves making a 10-minute rich, creamy tomato sauce, tossing it through hot 'gemelli' pasta and serving with parsley and plenty of Parmesan. Pure comfort.
This dessert has a heavenly texture, somewhere between a pudding and a cake, light but dense and delicate. Sour-sweet juicy raspberries and rich chocolate make for an incredible pairing too.
This is regal mega-meringue with a soft marshmallowy centre and a crisp outside. Serve with whipped cream, lychees and passionfruit, drizzled with a sharp, bright raspberry sauce. If making this out of raspberry season, feel free to use frozen.
This rustic teatime cake comes topped with ginger-spiked cream cheese icing, crystallised ginger and walnuts for a touch of decadence.
A classic for a reason, this sticky toffee pud contains muscovado sugar and black treacle for intense, deep flavour. The leftovers are best eaten cold: "a slab of it cut from the dish tastes like the most magnificent sticky gingerbread", confirms Nigella.