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Like Nonna used to make!

Create your own pasta and serve fabulous meals that are handed down through generations of real Italian grandmas

Letizia’s tagliatelle with puréed broad beans

Letizia wrote me a little essay on pasta to make sure we didn’t forget anything. At 100 years old, she may need a zimmer frame, but she is mentally as sharp as a tack. I asked her what the secret is to healthy longevity, and she says one has to stay busy – and to find your inner strength when terrible things happen. She was thinking of the recent death of her daughter. Practising what she believes, Letizia continues to write poems and loves to paint. She was a primary school teacher all her working life and has lived in her family’s summer house ever since the big earthquake in Sicily in 1968 destroyed her original home. Her dish of tagliatelle with a dried broad (fava) bean purée and wild fennel is humble but delicious. Wild fennel doesn’t have a bulb, but a tenacious root. Sow some seeds in the sunniest spot in your garden and you’ll have fresh fennel fronds forevermore.

By Vicky Bennison

Serves 6 | Prep 20 mins | Cook 35 mins | Calories 469 (per serving

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It's never too early to start planning for Christmas if you want the day to go as smoothly as possible, so this issue we've got a whole range of recipes for main courses, sweet treats and even edible gifts to get you started. Trying to stick to a budget this festive period? We've also got 9 tips for hosting a great Christmas without having to spend lots. Also this issue, we share some delicious 30-minute meals, cook up ideas for a delicious Boxing Day brunch and take a lesson from Italian nonnas in how to cook up the best pasta dishes. Plus we've got the final part in our Women on the Frontline of Animal Advocacy series, explore how environmentally sustainable your vegan diet is and reveal how to deal with difficult situations and conversations with non-vegans this Christmas.