Italian roast potatoes recipe

(205 ratings)

This tasty side dish, by Two Greedy Italian stars Antonio Carluccio & Gennaro Contaldo is a wonderful accompaniment to meat or fish dishes

Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 5 mins
Total Time1 hours 20 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeMid

Thinly sliced roasted potatoes, topped with sweet tomatoes and tasty oregano and basil. These Italian roast potatoes take just 15 mins to prepare.

These tasty roast potatoes are by Two Greedy Italian stars Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo. They make a wonderfully fresh accompaniment to your roast dinner. Whenever I make this dish the whole house is filled with a wonderful aroma of oregano and basil, transporting me right back to the Mediterranean,’ says Gennaro. ‘This is a wonderful accompaniment to meat or fish dishes. If you increase the quantities, makes a lovely main course in itself when served with a salad.’


  • 7 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 500g potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • a large handful of basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 300g red onions, sliced
  • 400g cherry tomatoes, halved and deseeded
  • 1 tbsp white wine




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Pour 3 tablespoons of the olive oil into an ovenproof dish or roasting tin. Arrange a layer of the potatoes, sprinkle over a little of the oregano, season with salt and pepper and scatter over some basil leaves. Follow with a layer of onions and tomatoes and a drizzle of the remaining olive oil. Continue with another layer of potatoes and repeat the process until all the vegetables have been added to the dish. Pour over the remaining olive oil and white wine.
  3. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and loosen the potatoes from the bottom of the dish with a fork, taking care not to break them. Continue to bake for a further 15–20 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked through. Serve immediately.

Top tips for making Italian roast potatoes... 

Don't have any white wine to hand? Use an equal amount of vegetable or chicken stock instead.

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Gennaro Contaldo is an extremely talented Italian chef, beloved in the UK. He’s also known for his association with his British protégé Jamie Oliver, credited for teaching Jamie everything he knows about Italian cooking. His inspiration to cook in the UK was partly due to the high availability of game and fungi, which was reminiscent of his time in his youth spent hunting and foraging with his father and grandfather. The classic Italian style really can’t be beaten and we especially love Gennaro Contaldo’s alpine pizza! Having started working in local restaurants since the age of 8, Gennaro really knows his stuff and has published many books over his career all filled with delicious Italian recipes. Gennaro is a very busy chef and spends time teaching masterclasses at Jamie Oliver’s cooking school, as well as making regular appearances on ‘Saturday Kitchen’, and his own show with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carlucci ‘Two Greedy Italians’. Gennaro loves to spend his downtime cooking with his family at his cottage in Norfolk.