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Isabella Franco

Italian film-maker Federico Fellini famously said that “Life is a combination of magic and pasta” and this sums up Isabella’s attitude towards food perfectly! Eating for pleasure, never calorie-counting and enjoying life to the full. 

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Learn how to make hearty and authentic Italian food with Chef Isabella Franco in this original masterclass. Get step by step instructions to these original recipes and ready yourself to enjoy homemade Italian food.

In this episode of Magic & Pasta, Chef Isabella makes pollo amatriciana. This easy baked dish is sure to become a family staple. It's perfect for feeding a crowd too, without the stress.

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1 red chilli

3 tbsp tomato purée

3 tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves

6 skinless chicken thighs

500g new potatoes

140g smoked pancetta cubes

400g cherry tomatoes


Heat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6.

Halve the chilli, scrape out and discard the seeds if you don’t like it too hot, and remove the stalk.

Put in a small food processor or mini chopper with the tomato purée, olive oil and garlic. Whizz to a paste, then spread over the chicken.

Add the chicken, potatoes, pancetta and tomatoes to a large baking tin with a good grinding of black pepper and some salt, then mix everything together well with your hands.

Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.

Serve with crusty bread.