Italian Pasta Workmanship in the Kitchen

Pasta is the most popular food in the world, symbol of Italian culture and its national pride. This is why for Italians, it is so important that pasta is properly prepared. It is more than just food, it is a philosophy shared across Italy: it is an integral part of their life, of their culture, their cuisine and of their very essence of being Italian. Pasta means tradition, the symbol of Italian cuisine always and forever. Here are some of the core types of pasta; but there are many additional regional variations.  Pictures thanks to https://whatsfordinner.com/

Making fresh pasta at home is an ancient art: from the dough rolled with a rolling pin, gold threads such as tagliolini or tagliatelle being made, filled caskets such as ravioli or tortellini and the timeless lasagna.

It doesn't take long to prepare a good fresh pasta: 15-20 minutes for a nice smooth and elastic dough, 30 minutes of rest, 15 minutes to roll out and creating/cutting the pasta ... in about an hour you're done! 



400 gr flour, 4 eggs

To make fresh pasta, pour a little less than 400 gr of flour into a bowl (it is better to keep some aside to add later if necessary) or directly on a wooden pastry board, if being used. Create a recess in the center and add the whole eggs, and mix with the fork and at the same time begin to incorporate the flour. Then start kneading the dough by hand. Knead the dough vigorously for about 10 minutes with the palm and pulling it in all directions, but be careful not to tear it.

Once the dough is smooth, wrap it in cling film and let it rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Once rested, take the dough again, cut a piece off, taking care to keep the rest in the film, so that it will not dry out. Flour the piece of pasta and pull it with the pasta machine to the maximum thickness and pass the dough between the rollers to obtain a first dough that will be thick, then fold the two edges of the dough towards the center to give a more regular shape, then sprinkle again with very little flour and pass it again between the rollers ; once a rectangular sheet is obtained, lay it on the lightly floured surface and trim the ends with a knife), then divide it into two parts , so as to handle it more easily, passing from time to time to the thinnest thickness up to the ultimate thinness. At this point your fresh egg pasta is ready, you can make the pasta shape, you prefer, for example spaghetti or tagliatelle.


An ideal partner for Fresh Pasta - Broccoli Pesto

Broccoli pesto is a tasty cream perfect for seasoning pasta fresca or egg-based fresh pasta. Making it is very simple.


320 gr Broccoli; 10 gr pealed almonds; 10 gr basil; 30 gr pine nuts; 30 gr grated Parmesan and virgin olive oil and salt to taste.

After blanching the broccoli, blend it with all the other ingredients: the grated Parmesan, the basil, the pine nuts and almonds to give the pesto a crunchy touch. Broccoli pesto is tasty alternative to other pesto and will also be appreciated by those who do not necessarily like broccoli.

What is the best Pasta Machine?

Tagliatelle, lasagne, agnolotti, ravioli, who doesn't think, at least on festive occasions, of a nice traditional Italian pasta dish? When it is made at home, the joy in respect to the taste is guaranteed. Making pasta is not an impossible task and the best manual or electric pasta machine helps you to roll the dough and produce the relevant pasta shapes. 

Here is a list of the most popular pasta machines, some manual and some electric. The manual machines (Marcato Classic Atlas 150) have the traditional handle to be turned while inserting the dough pulled into the rollers. The automatic machines have a motor that takes the dough and passes it through the rollers giving  you the ability to automatically determine the thickness and the cut of the pasta (Philipps HR2355/09 or HR2358/12). The choice between the two types really depends on the quantity of pasta you want to make at home and frequency, and of course your budget. If you don't want to spend too much money, then we recommend that you opt for a manual machine.

What are the Italians' preferred pasta dishes?

What are the Italians' favorite pasta dishes? There are many top 10 lists being shared on Italian media, so to be on the safe side, we are sharing two different versions. Here are two lists - with some overlap but also some surprises! 

Scatti di Gusto List

What other pasta dishes are on the list from Sale E Pepe?

Other pasta dishes here include Risotto allo Zafferano, Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe,  Trofie alla Ligure, and Pasta e Fagioli Cannellini.

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