A Taste of Home recipes: Celebrity dishes from The Passage’s charity cookbook

From Gino D’Acampo’s quick-cook pasta to Prince William’s spag bol, chefs and celebrities reveal their favourite recipes – all for an amazing cause. 

For 40 years, the charity organisation the Passage has brought food, shelter, compassion and dignity to London’s homeless.

To mark this anniversary of its tireless work – which became even more crucial during lockdown – comes an inspiring new cookbook A Taste of Home, which is packed with 120 tasty recipes created by some of the UK’s most famous and well-loved names, including Nadiya Hussain, Rick Stein and Stephen Fry. And there’s even a cracking bolognese ragù made with carrot-chopping help from the charity’s patron, HRH the Duke of cambridge.

We thought you’d enjoy this first look at some of our favourites right here. Time to get cooking!

Mizutaki nabe

by cook and food writer Kimiko Barber

Nabe, or hotpot, is very popular in Japan, where each region, family and even sumo stable has its favourite recipe using a variety of seasonal and regional ingredients.

mizutaki nabe
Nassima Rothacker


Moroccan lamb

by broadcaster Andrew Marr

My recipe is a made-up one which reflects my enduring love of Middle Eastern food. In the family, we call it Moroccan lamb – apologies, Morocco.

moroccan lamb
Nassima Rothacker


Fettucine with mushrooms, rosemary and spinach

by chef and TV presenter Gino D’Acampo

Fettucine means ‘little ribbons’ in Italian and they are thinner than tagliatelle. Typical of the Roman and Tuscan areas of Italy, fettuccine is one of my favourite pastas.

Gino d'acampo fettuccine with mushrooms
Nassima Rothacker


Spaghetti bolognese

by HRH The Duke of Cambridge and The Passage chef Nour Dakoba

Nour Dakoba had Prince William chopping carrots on his last visit to homeless charity The Passage to make a mean version of this Italian classic.

prince William spaghetti bolognese
Aga Strzalek


Bakewell pudding

by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hill

Bakewell tart is evidently known as Bakewell pudding in the Derbyshire town of Bakewell, so call it what you will.

shaun hill Bakewell pudding recipe
Nassima Rothacker


Brown butter, apple and fig flapjack

Flapjack is a perfect example of balance: a sweet treat that conveys a decent amount of nourishment. While the sugar and butter signal that this is a treat to be enjoyed only occasionally, there is still much virtue to be found in the humble classic.

John whaite flapjack
Nassima Rothacker


Baked apricots with marsala

by cook and food writer Diana Henry

Baked apricots are one of the best summer desserts, at the same time tart and honeyed.

diana Henry baked apricots recipe
Nassima Rothacker


Butterscotch bramble brownie cake

by expert chocolatier Paul A Young

Autumn is my favourite time of year for baking heart-warming, comforting cakes.

paul a young brownie cake
Nassima Rothacker


Buy the book and help a great cause

a taste of home the passage charity cookbookThese recipes are from A Taste of Home: 120 Delicious Recipes from Leading Chefs and Celebrities compiled by Kyle Cathie, price £25, to be published on 15 October by The Passage Trading Services Ltd. YOU readers can buy copies from Waterstones, where at least £20 from each sale will go straight to The Passage. For more details, go to waterstones.com.