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Jamie Oliver's Happiness Pasta and Everyday Super Food Cookbook Review

Recipe for Jamie's Oliver's Happiness Pasta from Everyday Super Food

Pasta.  Happiness is thy name.

Well it's the name of this pasta is anyway. It's Jamie Oliver's happiness pasta from his new healthy cookbook Everyday Super Food.

Wholewheat fusilli pasta coated in a rich tomato and aubergine sauce with a bit of kick from chilli, some crunch from pine nuts and a creamy scattering of ricotta cheese.

Jamie used ricotta cheese as it's very low in saturated fat compared to most other cheeses. It's also high in calcium. My vegan friends will know that calcium is also found in plant based foods too, such as cabbage, rocket, kale and broccoli as well as chickpeas, tofu, tahini and oranges.

Before we get to the recipe, I'd like to tell you more about the cookbook.

I rather like this Jamie Oliver cookbook. In fact I rather like Jamie too. He's such an appealing chap and his recipes are really do-able. Nothing too fancy or bizarre. This one is all about healthy eating. The kind of healthy eating that'll excite you at mealtimes. Follow the recipes in this book and you'll eat healthy but really enjoy your food.

Everday Super Food is a beautiful book with gorgeous full size photos that will make you drool (most of the photos were taken by Jamie). The cookbook has 30 recipes for breakfast, 30 for lunches, 30 for dinners as well as snacks and drinks. I particularly liked the breakfast and snack ideas and was blown away by his Awesome Granola Dust and all it's uses. Why didn't I think of that?

In preparation for this book (in the run up to his 40th birthday) Jamie travelled around the world to meet people and talk about food. He came back and worked with nutritionists to pull together what he learned into healthy and fresh recipes and ideas.

There's a tv show to accompany this book, so you can follow Jamie's foodie travels. It's airing now on Channel 4 and it's called Jamie's Super Food.

photo: Channel 4
The first episode aired tonight and focused on his trip to the Nicoyan Pennisula in Costa Rica, where living to 100 isn't unusual and the Greek island of Ikaria where the on average the people live 10 years longer than the rest of Europe.

If you missed it you can catch it on Channel 4's On Demand service.

Everyday Super Food
by Jamie Oliver 
Veggie Count

Vegetarian recipes = 97  
Vegan recipes = 39 

(using dairy free yoghurt, nut milk 
and agave nectar where appropriate)

Find out more about Jamie Oliver (and other great chefs) on The Happy Foodie.

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Happiness Pasta
A comforting pasta dish with a rich tomato and aubergine sauce, with the kick of chilli, crunch of pine nuts and creamy pockets of ricotta from Jamie Oliver and his new book Everyday Super Food.
  • 2 aubergines
  • 1-2 fresh red chillies
  • 40g pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 30g fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 x 400g tins plum tomatoes
  • 300g dried wholewheat fusilli
  • 200g ricotta cheese
  • 10g veggie style parmesan cheese
1. Sit a double-layer bamboo steamer over a large pan of boiling salted water. Halve the aubergines lengthways and add to the baskets skin side up, with the whole chillies. Cover and steam for 25 minutes, or until soft and tender, then remove. Transfer the chillies to a small bowl and cover with clingfilm. 2. Lightly toast the pine nuts in a large casserole pan on a medium heat, then lightly crush in a pestle and mortar. Peel and finely slice the garlic and finely chop the basil stalks, then add to the pan with 1 tablespoon of oil and return to the heat to cook until golden. 3. Tip the tomatoes into the pan through your hands, crushing and scrunching them up as you go. Fill each tin with water, swirl it around, and add to the pan with a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 30 minutes, or until reduced by half, roughly chopping and adding the aubergines for the last 10 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in the pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain, reserving a mugful of cooking water.5. Peel and deseed the chillies, then finely chop and stir into the sauce. Tear in most of the basil leaves and season to perfection. Toss the pasta and ricotta through the sauce, loosening with a little reserved water if needed. Serve with the pine nuts and remaining basil leaves scattered over, with a grating of Parmesan.6. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Serves 4

In the mood for pasta now? 

Here are some of my favourite pasta dishes:

Disclosure: Penguin Books kindly sent me a copy of Everyday Super Food for review purposes and gave mre permission to print this recipe and photo. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Pasta is definitely a happy food :) I'm obsessed with packing vegetables into everything at the minute and this one sounds like a good dish to showcase them. And I love the addition of ricotta too.

    1. It really is and so comforting too. I never adding ricotta before now, but it's such a good idea.

  2. love your photo - we had pasta last week and it made me wonder why we don't have it more - this sounds like a great dish - Jamie oliver has an engaging personality and a great passion for everyone having good food but his cookbooks always have too much meat to appeal - wish he would bring out a cookbook that is a compilation of some of his great vego dishes

    1. This one isn't bad, there's a lot of veggie dishes in it, but yes a book of his veggie recipes would be fab, I wonder why more publishers don't do that.

  3. I will be putting this cookbook on my Christmas with list.

  4. Omg this looks delish. I love Jamie Oliver! Will definitely keep an eye out for this one.

  5. This looks and sounds gorgeous. I can almost smell it!

  6. This is a lovely recipe. I have the book too - gorgeous, I cooked the Skinny Carbonara and was really impressed. The Happiness Pasta is also bookmarked!

    1. I am really enjoying it. I love all the breakfast and snack ideas. I think this may be one I actually go back too and use.

  7. Thanks for this review, Jacqueline. I am really enjoying watching the series and have been wondering whether to get the book. You have convinced me it's worth buying!

  8. what a great review. I have seen some of the recipes and they do look great. Must go order on Amazon!

  9. I think this would make me very happy. I flicked through this book in a shop and it looks good.


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