My love for pasta starts in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and of course the place most famous for it: Italy! On a special trip to Rome with my father, I had the privilege to learn how to make pasta from scratch with these simple ingredients:
- 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- Plain flour, extra, to dust
Taught by a true Italian chef we used only the freshest ingredients, we mixed flour, salt and eggs together creating a yellow dough. We then used a rolling machine to thin the dough, rolling it through multiple times in order to get it as thin as possible. After this we moulded the pasta to the desired shape and left in on the pan to sit:
Next comes my favourite part, The sauce!
Our yummy sauce consisted of :
- 250g pancetta, chopped
- 250g passata
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 dessertspoon olive oil
Very simple! All mixed and set on simmer to really cook all the flavours together. The trick was to let the sauce sit for as long as possible so all the pancetta flavour formed into the tomato sauce.
We then mixed it all together to create a mouth watering bowl of pasta. My dad and I enjoyed our creation and after fell sound asleep on a full stomach.
I love combining a unique experience, like this pasta making class, with the usual sites of the destinations I am visiting. It makes me feel more a part of the culture I am visiting and I learn so much more from the locals than I would as a regular tourist. Not that I don’t enjoy the usual spots, which in Rome included the magnificent Trevi Fountain, people watching at the Spanish Steps, the Vatican City and my personal favourite gelato – anywhere.
THE DEETS :
I participated in a small group lesson organized at a person’s home, but here : https://uk.viator.com/Rome-tours/Cooking-Classes/d511-g6-c19 you can find the best pasta making classes to fit all tastes and budgets.