10 essential Ottolenghi recipes

Ottolenghi has become a household name, transforming the way we cook with vibrant ingredients, bold flavours and veg-championing techniques hailing from his Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean heritage. He has co-authored and published seven cookbooks, including Plenty, Jerusalem, and his latest award-winning cookbook, SIMPLE all packed with well-tested recipes that deliver on flavour every time. Here's a round-up of some of Ottolenghi's best recipes, spanning smoother-than-smooth hummus, veggie sides, tray-bake chicken and inspired desserts. 

ottolenghi tomatoes and yoghurt

Hot Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Cold Yoghurt from Simple

A gorgeously simple sharing starter of spiced roasted tomatoes and creamy yoghurt. Ottolenghi recommends, "plenty of crusty sourdough or focaccia to mop it all up".

Buy your copy of SIMPLE here

ottolenghi courgette fritters

Courgette and Manouri Fritters from NOPI: The Cookbook

Manouri is a Greek, creamy ewe’s milk cheese that’s fantastic for frying or grilling, but Ottolenghi suggests using feta or halloumi if you can't find it. Paired with summertime courgettes in these moreish fritters, with lime and cardamom soured cream for dipping, these are great finger food for sharing.

Get your copy of NOPI: The Cookbook here.

ottolenghi beef meatballs

Beef Meatballs with Broad Beans and Lemon from Jerusalem

Making your own meatballs is ridiculously simple – spiced with Ottolenghi-style signature flavours, and braised in a pan with stock and tender broad beans, this is a wonderful spring and summertime dish. 

Get your hands on a copy of Jerusalem here.

ottolenghi squash chilli yoghurt

Squash with Chilli Yoghurt and Coriander Sauce from Plenty More

One of the simplest recipes in this cookbook, roasted squash drizzed with a Sriracha-Greek yoghurt mix is guaranteed to be popular. Topped with lots of fresh herbs, this dish is layered with flavour and easy to prepare.

Get your copy of Plenty More here.

ottolenghi hummus

Hummus Kawarma with Lemon Sauce from Jerusalem

Smooth, creamy hummus topped with melt-in-your-mouth spiced lamb and a zingy parsley salsa for drizzling on top – this is divine. 

Get your hands on a copy of Jerusalem here

aubergine bake

Aubergine with Buttermilk Sauce from Plenty

This is a delicious, easy-to-make starter – roasted aubergine drizzled with a buttermilk-yoghurt sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate, za'atar and lemon thyme. 

Get your copy of Plenty here

ottolenghi chilli fish

Chilli Fish with Tahini from SIMPLE

An easy make-ahead fish recipe cooked in a spicy, intense tomato sauce and drizzed with a tahini dressing. Great for midweek meals and perfect for a make-ahead dinner party centrepiece. 

Get your copy of SIMPLE here

ottolenghi one tray chicken

Chicken with Caramelised Onion and Cardamom Rice from Jerusalem

"This chicken and rice casserole is the definition of comfort food", says Ottolenghi, and we think he's right. Cooked in one pot for delicious flavour and ease.

Get your hands on a copy of Jerusalem here.
 

ottolenghi persian love cakes

Persian Love Cakes from Sweet

Buckwheat, almond, yoghurt and nutmeg make up these nutty and lightly spiced cakes, topped with pistachio and pomegranate for a beautiful bake. 

Get a copy of Sweet here. 

ottolenghi pavlova recipe

Cinnamon Pavlova, Praline Cream and Fresh Figs from Sweet

This show-stopper dessert is one for a special occasion – gooey, marshmallow-like meringue topped with juicy figs, dark chocolate and almonds. Just wow. 

Get your copy of Sweet here.

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