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All articles • 'Mains'
Paccheri alla Norma
Food 15-11

There is nothing quite as good as a classic. This tomato sauce is enhanced with fried aubergines to create this Sicilian classic and topped with ricotta salata.

Egg noodles with miso aubergines
Food 15-11

Ready in 20 minutes, these noodles with miso aubergines are the perfect comfort food when you’re in a hurry. Use buckwheat soba noodles to make this a vegan option, whilst also checking that your miso paste is vegan friendly.

Roasted butternut and bacon soup
Food 31-10

Squash makes for excellent soup. Pair it with bacon and you have a match made in soup heaven.

Pumpkin, fennel and Taleggio tart
Food 31-10

This tart makes a great light lunch and goes perfectly well with a glass of crisp white wine.

Flaky shortcrust pastry
Food 17-10

Whether you're making a sweet or savoury pie, homemade shortcrust pastry always trumps the ones you get at the supermarket. It is super easy to prepare too.

Lentil and prawn salad
Food 13-09

With the trend in healthy eating, lentils have really come into their own. Rich in protein and quite filling they make the perfect snack or light meal. Michael Diacono pairs them with local king prawns.

Seafood humidor with saffron and anisette
Food 01-07

The saffron and anisette adds more depth of flavour to this recipe by Michael Diacono, giving this well-loved, summer classic a little twist.

Spaghetti rizzi
Food 01-07

A large bowful of spaghetti with rizzi makes you feel like you are eating the sea. Perfect for summer meals, Michael Diacono makes this simple pasta dish full of his favourite things.

Stuffed mussels with guanciale and breadcrumbs
Food 24-06

We love mussels as part of a fish stew but are all for new ideas. Michael Diacono stuffs some fat mussels with guanciale and breadcrumbs. We like the results!

Meagre fillet fried in butter, marjoram and lemon
Food 24-06

This recipe works well with any fish fillet. Michael Diacono pan fries his fish in butter, marjoram and lemon and adds fish stock to make a rich sauce.

Penne with chicken livers and sage
Food 10-06

Chicken livers add depth of flavour to this pasta dish. Michael Diacono uses gluten-free pasta to accommodate friends with allergies.

Lamb brain fritters with egg salad
Food 10-06

Nose-to-tail cooking is making a comeback with dishes featuring offal becoming more and more popular. This is a dish Michael Diacono remembers from his childhood.

Calamari with nduja and ricotta
Food 03-06

Grilled calamari is a firm favourite with locals. In this recipe Michael Diacono pairs simply grilled calamari with an unlikely side of ricotta with a spicy nduja (Calabrian sausage).

Saddled sea bream al sale
Food 03-06

This recipe works for any white fish, just be sure you order your fish with the scales still on. Michael Diacono shares his recipe using a wild, sustainable local fish, the saddled sea bream or kahlija in Maltese.

Corn and dill fritters
Food 20-05

If your kids are fussy eaters you’ll know how hard it is to get them to eat anything even remotely healthy. Michael Diacono uses sweet corn, cheese and eggs for these fritters that are always a hit with the little ones as well as their parents. 

Zucchini and ricotta fritters
Food 20-05

These zucchini and ricotta fritters are a great way to trick the kiddies into eating their greens. Michael Diacono uses polenta in his recipes to make these fritters gluten-free. 

Rigatoni Maltese sausage and apple and walnuts
Food 13-05

Pasta makes an easy mid-week meal and when it comes to sauces the sky is the limit. Michael Diacono is great with innovative pasta dishes like this one with Maltese sausage, apple and nuts. 

Spaghetti with fennel and anchovies
Food 13-05

When you get home late and there’s not much in the fridge for dinner, what do you do? Hold off on that pizza delivery and whip up Michael Diacono’s easy spaghetti dish with ingredients you will most likely have in your pantry. 

Nanna Rita’s imqarrun fil-forn
Food 29-04

Everyone has their own recipe for imqarrun fil-forn. Michael Diacono shares a family recipe that puts utmost importance on a good quality ragu along with some family secrets.  

Asian chicken legs in Coca-cola
Food 15-04

These chicken legs are slow cooked in soy sauce and sugary Coca-cola leaving them full of flavour and falling off the bone. The Preca sisters share this easy recipe.

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