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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Smooth, creamy hummus topped with melt-in-your-mouth spiced lamb and a zingy parsley salsa for drizzling on top – this is divine.
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.
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.
"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.
Buckwheat, almond, yoghurt and nutmeg make up these nutty and lightly spiced cakes, topped with pistachio and pomegranate for a beautiful bake.
This show-stopper dessert is one for a special occasion – gooey, marshmallow-like meringue topped with juicy figs, dark chocolate and almonds. Just wow.