Hollie de Cruz: Nannie’s Old Fashioned Spaghetti

Guest: Hollie de Cruz

Recording date: 18 October, 2018

Location: Balham, London

Recipe: Nannie’s Old Fashioned Spaghetti

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Hollie de Cruz is best known for her work in hypnobirthing (aka: calm birthing) but we know of Hollie around our house for her absolutely brilliant affirmation cards! We have her “Original” set for mums, the “Mini” set for kids, and the “Family Conversation” set for the whole family to enjoy. They are printed with phrases such as, “I am doing my best and that is enough” and “I matter and I have a lot to offer the world”. We have them up around the house and they inspire me every time I see them.

I arrived to Hollie’s house on a lovely October morning where Hollie greeted us with a beautiful full-term belly! (Her son, Cosmo, is now a few months old, but he was happily stewing for our visit.) Hollie’s home, like her personality, is colourful and fun and I was thrilled to learn that Hollie is just as obsessed about food as I am. It made for some delicious food chat! 

You can get Hollie’s recipe for her grandmother’s spaghetti below!

Nannie's Old Fashioned Spaghetti

Print Recipe
Serves: 6-8


  • 500g pork belly slices
  • 3 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato purée
  • Chopped garlic
  • Garlic pepper
  • Parmesan
  • Milano salami (optional)



– Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan


– Dice pork belly into 2cm chunks and add to pan


– Cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly


– When pork starts to stick to pan, reduce heat and let it finish turning brown and sticky


– Remove from heat and leave to stand for 1-2 mins, before adding 4 cloves of chopped garlic


– Add a tablespoon of tomato purée and stir well, mixing with the oil, pork and garlic


– Add chopped tomatoes and return pan to the heat, bringing to the boil


– Once sauce is bubbling, reduce to low heat and simmer for an hour, stirring every so often


– Season sauce to taste with sea salt and garlic pepper


– Remove from the heat and leave sauce to stand whilst cooking the spaghetti


– Cook spaghetti for 2 mins less than suggested cooking time, then drain and add to sauce, allowing it to finish cooking whilst absorbing the sauce


– Serve with fresh Parmesan and Milano salami (optional)

As promised, here is a picture of Hollie’s great mother’s family’s ice cream cart:

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    February 15, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Clemmie’s chicken & chorizo stew has become a firm family favourite! Going to try Nannie’s spaghetti this evening! Love the podcast, thank you!

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